In the upcoming European elections, voters will have a say in who becomes the next president of the European Commission, but the procedure is more complicated than it seems.
On May 1, 2004, ten countries joined the European Union. Ten years on, many people in both the East and the West retain a skeptical view of that historic enlargement.
During his trip to Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama has tried to rally his European counterparts to form a united front against Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.
The crisis in Ukraine could affect economic ties between the European Union and Russia. At the same time, Brussels needs to rethink its energy relationship with Moscow.
Europe is divided over how to respond to Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The most powerful figure in the diplomatic tango is Germany’s Angela Merkel.
It is difficult to see how the trust can be rebuilt between Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych and the people after recent violence against antigovernment protests.
2014 will be a decisive year for Europe’s future. What the EU needs is a revolutionary political reform that can bring European citizens back on board.
At December’s European Council summit, European defense topped the agenda for EU leaders. One key issue under discussion was pooling and sharing of military capabilities.
Putin’s Eurasian Union would be a set of political and economic structures, similar to the EU, that Russia would dominate. But this vision comes with a price; Ukraine’s economy is in trouble, just as Russia is suffering from low economic growth.
Since the Berlin Wall fell, Europe has been battling to keep the twentieth-century continent alive in the twenty-first. In years to come, the EU will have to make some big decisions.
The European Union is still in crisis and it is going through numerous challenges. Political leadership could represent the solution.
Europe stands between extended integration and enforced disintegration. After the German elections, the question is what to expect for Europe's future.
If the Syrian regime has decided it is going to give up its chemical weapons, the international community might want to revisit what happened to the chemical weapons stockpiles in Iraq after the 1991 conflict.
Tension has increased between supporters and opponents of President Morsi, with both threatening to stage mass protests on the one year anniversary of the president taking office.
While Europeans still support President Obama, they have lowered their expectations of what he will accomplish politically.
Although there is still great concern for the eurozone, the discourse has moved from predicting an immediate downfall a year ago to discussing the necessity of economic reform in the continent.
If growth does not return to Europe in the next two years, the political situation will become more difficult.
Turkey has experienced rising influence, but struggles with internal divides. Currently, it is dealing with regional developments in pursuing peace with the PKK and Israel.
Following the Syrian crisis, Turkey's main role will be that of providing reconstruction aid.
The Cypriot banking crisis reveals the danger of the euro crisis incapacitating Europe and the global economy more broadly.