The argument in favor of an effective EU foreign policy is impeded by formidable obstacles. But it remains valid, is gaining urgency, and finally needs to be taken seriously.
Both Europe and China are overdependent on the United States as a guarantor of the liberal world order. Both need to wake up and accept their global responsibility.
European governments have settled into a long-term attitude of irresponsibility for the stability of their continent. Europe’s leaders need to break out of their lethargy.
Russia’s most recent version of anti-Americanism is essentially about Russian domestic politics: it is the authorities’ reaction to a gradual maturing of Russian society.
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.
The solution to the dilemma between short-term realpolitik and long-term idealism is strategy. If done right, that would give the EU guidance on moral questions, too.
The EU will allow Italy’s new prime minister a bit of room for maneuver—but not much. Italians must use that space to bring back the virtues of an earlier time.
If Europe ever got serious about foreign policy, it would profoundly change the EU’s political landscape.
The longer Hungary’s government is allowed to get away with its abuse of power, the greater the chances that others will follow suit. The EU should not let that happen.
The continuing existence of monarchies in Europe proves how much even modern societies need shared symbolism. That is a lesson the EU should take to heart.
As Merkel defends austerity and the opposition pledges higher taxes and spending, Germany’s next election will have a huge impact on the future of Europe and the euro.
Big companies take advantage of tax competition between EU countries. But is it fair to blame them? No, it is the EU that should be fixing this problem.
In the backroom bartering to select the next crop of EU leaders, there is one qualification that counts more than experience, background, or conviction: nationality.
Europe’s woes go much deeper than the present crisis. The problem is that both elites and electorates have lost the will to strive for a better life.
The EU should use the landmark agreement between Belgrade and Pristina to change the political landscape across the western Balkans and foster democracy further afield.
Polish reaction to a recent German TV series confirms that history casts long shadows, but also reminds us of the EU’s role in fostering rapprochement between countries.
Two very different novels, one about fascist Portugal, the other about Communist Romania, offer valuable lessons about Europe’s role in building democracy.
The German city of Nuremberg is holding a huge fair on how to care for the old. The demographic challenge is possibly the most daunting task ahead for Germany and Europe.
It is time for Europe’s supranational organizations to take a stand against countries that undermine the continent’s values of democracy, transparency, and human rights.
If Germany really wants to defend its interests and values vis-à-vis Russia, it will need to garner industry’s support. This year’s Hanover Fair is a good place to start.