Better EU defense integration may be bad news for the alliance—but the US is wrong to oppose it.
Each year, barely perceptible tectonic movements pull Europe and North America a few inches further apart. These days “continental drift” applies to geopolitics at least as much as it does to geology. But there is still space for meaningful transatlantic cooperation.
If EU member states were to really do something to boost the union’s defences, what would it be? Not PESCO.
If the international system is moving toward great-power competition, having a Europe that is more integrated, including on defense issues, and better able to withstand pressure from Russia and China ultimately serves America’s own interest.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
The authors of the British Election Study have upended one of the most widely held beliefs about the 2017 UK general election.
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla are not in the EU Customs Union, but they are treated by the rest of the world as if they are. Could the UK try for similar status?
Turkey’s incursion into Afrin marks a significant move in Ankara’s campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
An economy in tatters, rampant corruption, and rising food prices are prompting ordinary Iranians to take to the streets.
It would be wise to view a new poll on Brexit with caution.
Europeans have the power and the means to influence events in the Middle East peace process. They must take the initiative and act now.
The unexpected breakdown of the coalition talks risks thrusting Germany into unprecedented political territory, and the rest of Europe into prolonged political uncertainty with some serious potential ramifications.
Europe’s commitment to the Eastern Partnership region has been cemented by Russian aggression. Yet, for internal reasons, the EU is trying to avoid the costs linked to the countries’ integration.
Russia’s interference in American and European elections constitutes a serious offense. But by treating Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies as an existential threat, Western leaders are playing directly into the Kremlin’s hands, and validating its false narrative about Russia’s place in the world.
Diplomacy in the Western Balkans should build on previous efforts of pacification and state-building, and involve an expanded range of actors.
It won’t be plain sailing for Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to agree on further fiscal and monetary integration, not least because of their own differences.
Brussels must reexamine its hands-off approach to the political impasse in Spain. Otherwise, Europe risks sleepwalking into yet another conflict.
A century after the October Revolution, the Bolshevik legacy is too close for the people of the South Caucasus to evaluate properly. No one wants to see that era return, but everyone comes from it.
With sub-national initiatives on climate on the rise in the United States, it is important that Europe understands these dynamics, and actively explores ways of engaging with them.
Sebastien Kurz won Austria’s election by reshaping the image of his mainstream conservative People’s Party and promoting it as a “movement,” centered around his own personality, similar to Macron’s “En Marche!” in France.