Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the international challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
If Europe wants to strengthen the transatlantic link, it needs to spend more on military capabilities. That would make it a more useful and a more independent partner.
The EU should use the case of Cyprus’s urgent need for funds to insist not only on banking reforms but also on a rapprochement with the island’s Turkish community.
European Commission President Barroso’s appearance at the ESPAS conference revealed how the economic crisis is blinkering Brussels’ strategic thinking.
With the EU looking inward and the member states less interested in establishing a strong Common Foreign and Security Policy, it is time for Central Europe to work closer together toward European integration.
The British Prime Minister wants deep economic integration in Europe, but no political unity. That view is both old-fashioned and wrong.
Fifty years after the signing of the Élysée Treaty, France and Germany need to find the political will to set up a European foreign and security policy deserving of its name.
Judy Dempsey interviews Jerzy Pomianowski, executive director of the European Endowment for Democracy.
In the debate about Europe's political future after the crisis, surprisingly little time is being spent on the key issue of improving political participation for Europe's citizens.
The countdown to Angela Merkel’s re-election as German chancellor for a third term has begun.
The world is short of heroes. But if there is one person who is indisputably qualified, it is South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela.
Europeans should offer fast, strong, and visible support to civil society activists in Arab countries in democratic transition.
Orhan Pamuk certainly speaks his mind when he vents his disappointment at Europe’s waning interest in Turkey, but he overlooks two important issues.
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.
It’s not only German inactivity or Britain’s false “consciousness” that are to blame for the EU’s foreign policy malaise. All of Europe is to be blamed for the shameful performance of the EU as a player in the world.
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.
China, with its enormous population of over a billion people, is going through extraordinary social, economic, and political upheaval.
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.
The challenge for EU policymakers is to push for more EU "widening" at a time when national proclivities tend to nurture protectionism.
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.