Should tensions over Cyprus remain unsettled, Turkey's relationship with the EU is likely to undergo a fundamental transformation that might mark an end Turkey's accession dreams and force the EU to deal with a much more assertive regional power.
Europe has little time left to address the underlying weaknesses in its monetary union in order to prevent economic collapse.
If the EU wants to get serious about using its soft power to defend human rights, it should keep an eye on the burgeoning civil societies in its greater neighborhood.
The European Union has an opportunity to make a significant difference in their eastern borderlands, through a combination of social, economic, and political incentives.
The EU’s continuing troubles have greatly undermined its leverage with Turkey at a time when the country is becoming a more influential actor.
The EU must learn how to overcome the current economic crisis before it can hope to successfully implement the Lisbon Treaty and strengthen its foreign policy.
Successful foreign and security policies require the backing of a united European society that must learn to adapt to changing global realities.
Although tempting in the short run, a sudden influx of foreign capital into the European Union would raise both unemployment and debt without addressing the root of Europe's economic woes.
Europe could play a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process if it musters the political courage to apply its own foreign policy values to the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
Mainstreaming Asia within the strategic thinking of the EU could provide new solutions to global challenges.