As the euro crisis continues to unfold, the economic as well as political difficulties associated with producing large and indispensable gains are becoming ever more visible.
In the run-up to Germany's 2013 federal election, the country will become even more inward looking, making it more difficult for Europe to revamp its foreign and security policy.
In an interview with Carnegie Europe, and four leading European newspapers, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle set out his views about the euro, the impact on Europe’s security and defense policy, and the Middle East.
There is a growing consensus that a political union will be the critical condition determining whether Europeans matter together, or falter separately in the world.
European leaders must develop the will to truly tackle the euro crisis by rising above short-term considerations of political survival and public opinion polls.
Right now, the euro looks more likely to survive than it has for a number of months. Yet the price to pay may be the return of inflation to Germany, and to the rest of Europe.
I recently wrote a blog post about Greece’s armed forces and there was a very big response. The comments were fascinating. They fell into several camps.
Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the international challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Just as there is no big bazooka for the financial crisis, there will be no big bang to mark the genesis of real European political integration.
The EU should use Greece's financial crisis to push ahead with pooling and sharing resources. But it won't.
If given the chance, Germans would vote against giving more powers to Brussels. Then what would happen to Europe?
The Greeks themselves have squandered public funds, says a former deputy prime minister and now leading anti-corruption campaigner.
Those of us who argue for more Europe and who believe that it is possible should stop relying on the intellectual laziness of the sheer necessity argument.
Germans wants its finances brought under control, even if that means savings.
The modern nation-state is and will likely remain the political space in which citizens recognize each other as equals.
Using the euro crisis as an excuse not to have a security strategy is akin to keeping Europe's head in the sand.
The U.S. pivot to Asia, Europe’s failure to collaborate effectively on defense, and now the eurozone crisis are combining to leave Europe largely powerless to shape the international politics of the 21st century.
If Europe wants to survive politically and retain its current level of civilization, much will depend on whether it can once more re-define the terms under which people live together.
Cyprus’ recent economic difficulties, combined with its long-lasting dispute with Turkey, are reason enough to expect that its EU presidency will indeed be challenging.
One of the big mistakes made by Europeans and outside observers alike is to hope that the mess that is the European Union could be resolved by leadership, Churchill-style.