For nearly a decade, Spain has punched below its weight on the world scene. But could Spain’s foreign policies be a signpost for the future of European external relations?
Herman Van Rompuy believes that Europe is stuck in a “post–Berlin Wall” period. Until the EU becomes truly integrated, that is where the continent will remain.
Sweden’s Carl Bildt believes European leaders have a mandate to push forward with EU foreign policy. Will December’s defense summit give the EU the strategic oomph it needs?
In recent years, the EU has displayed a lack of political will to become a serious global player. Next month’s Eastern Partnership summit is an opportunity not to be wasted.
As Angela Merkel begins her third term as German chancellor, she must embrace political integration to give the EU the cohesion, credibility, and ambition it has been lacking.
Ask any observer about political progress in Europe, and the answer will invariably be “That’s impossible.” Tragically, achieving the impossible has never been so necessary.
A pro-European Ukraine would have huge advantages for Poland and the rest of the EU. But it would also have broader consequences for Eastern Europe’s complex web of interests.
Two forthcoming referendums in the UK could have unwelcome consequences for British-Irish relations. Europeans should pay attention to their simmering Western neighborhood.
Berlin is urging Kiev to reconsider its treatment of the imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. But if Angela Merkel pushes too far, Russia will be the winner.
The case of an Angolan journalist who faces criminal charges for exposing human rights abuses in his country will be an important test case for the EU’s human rights strategy.
Every week a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Two new movies remind Poles that they must not squander the gains of 1989. As national hero Lech Walesa turns seventy, Warsaw still has unfinished business, especially on the EU.
Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
By saying no to deeper political union, Germany’s chancellor may have scuppered the chances of ever repairing the imbalance between political and economic integration in Europe.
Having won a third term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel has the chance to finally take a stand on Europe and strengthen the EU’s foreign, defense, and security policies.
Britain’s David Cameron hopes that Germany’s Angela Merkel will support his desire to repatriate certain EU powers from Brussels to the member states. He might be disappointed.
The EU’s approach toward its Eastern neighbors matters hugely for the region, for the EU, and for the West as a whole. That approach needs to be bolder and more strategic.
In a letter to Conservative lawmakers, a former Tory member of parliament calls for an early referendum on Britain’s EU membership. Labour’s Ed Miliband should take note.
Is the Arab Spring comparable to the 1848 revolution or the Thirty Years War in Europe? Historical analogies are close enough to induce humility and pessimism.
EU Special Representative Bernardino Leon does not believe that the military’s crackdown can create long-term stability in Egypt.