For Turkey, the U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons is at best incomplete and at worst a distraction from the real political goal: removing Assad from power.
Despite areas of potential friction between Berlin and Washington, the fruitful transatlantic relationship of the last seventy years looks set to continue after Germany’s election.
Will the next German government finally assume the role of Europe’s political leader? Substantial change in Germany’s approach is unlikely—unless the euro crisis gets even worse.
Warsaw wants more of the same from Berlin. But the depth of Polish-German relations will depend on Germany maintaining its role as the guardian of cohesion in the EU.
Germany will take a low-cost, low-risk approach to the management of international peace and security no matter who governs the country.
Misunderstandings surrounding the Meseberg Memorandum on Transdniestria and EU-Russian security cooperation testify to the difficulties of Russian-Western communication.
The Euro-Atlantic security community is the most successful to date. But can it rise to the challenge of integrating post-Soviet nations—perhaps even Russia itself?
Germany is the EU’s indispensable power, and an assertive Chancellor Merkel is getting tough with almost everyone. But Berlin is still not thinking strategically.
The issue of urban regeneration in Turkey has morphed into a nationwide political problem. It is now the symbol of the country’s contested style of democratic management.
The EU has the opportunity to forge a more effective policy in the Eastern Partnership region. Now it needs to harness the courage and vision to make a real difference.
Embroiled in the spillover from the Syrian conflict, Jordan faces an enormous challenge. The country must focus on political and economic reforms, and needs outside help, too.
Turkey and the United States should promote a regional initiative on Syria that includes Iran if they are to prevent the crisis from further undermining regional stability.
The permanent members of the UN Security Council must work together to transform the fragile U.S.-Russian step toward peace in Syria into a full agreement.
The Dutch have not suddenly become Euroskeptics. The Netherlands has always been reserved toward Europe. It has just managed, for a long time, to hide it.
The Serbia-Kosovo agreement proves that clever diplomacy combined with the power of the prospect of EU enlargement can still deliver significant results.
A real discussion of the EU’s interests in Ukraine that moves beyond generalities may help member states avoid further frustrations and help the EU get more out of its relations with Kyiv.
Turkey faces a potentially critical alignment of stars. If it overcomes all the challenges ahead, Ankara may make a spectacular return to the international stage.
With an economy on the brink of collapse and rising popular discontent with the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's leadership urgently needs to address its economic, political, and security challenges.
Poland’s decision to indirectly criticize Russia on human rights issues as part of the EU and not as a single state is a strategic decision. This allows Warsaw to voice its concerns while still maintaining its position in the EU and reaping the benefits of productive relations with Moscow.
Now is the time to unlock the full potential of the Lisbon reforms to ensure the unity, consistency, and effectiveness EU foreign policy.