There is a serious mismatch between the goals and instruments of the EU’s policy toward Ukraine. The EU seems to be missing the point in its relations with Kiev.
The European Union is strategically and politically ill prepared to make a difference at the regional or global level.
Despite some recent successes, the European Union’s foreign policy lacks ambition. What will it take to shake the EU out of its complacency and bickering?
Croatia’s foreign policy paints a gloomy picture. One way for Zagreb to raise its game could be by contributing to major initiatives led by the bigger EU member states.
Dutch foreign policy is relatively engaged and ambitious. But the Netherlands lacks a clear vision on key security issues and on ways to mitigate risks.
As a country on the Eastern edge of NATO and the EU, Romania spends most of its diplomatic resources on regional security priorities.
Finland has found a way to reconcile with Russia. Yet this great-power neighbor remains Helsinki’s insoluble security dilemma.
Cyprus could play a major geopolitical role in the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet for reasons both within and outside its control, Nicosia has yet to exploit this potential.
Budapest’s overly close relationship to Moscow poses a strategic risk not only to Hungary’s national interests but also to the country’s EU and NATO partners.
Italy is committed to a stronger global role for the EU. But delegating authority to Brussels doesn’t mean that Rome is trying to shirk its international responsibilities.
Due to its size, geography, and history, Poland is a concerned, active, and ambitious foreign policy player.
Luxembourg has learned to defend its own interests in a Europe that increasingly looks like a free-for-all. But it does so with more restraint than others.
The Bulgarian government aims to boost the country’s image in the EU. That is a commendable objective, but does Sofia have the necessary resources to meet it?
Estonia’s foreign policy ignores domestic vulnerabilities and lacks regional depth. As a result, the country is too reliant on the goodwill and commitment of others.
Greek foreign policy looks much more ambitious today than in recent years. But Athens needs to quickly readjust to a changing security and economic environment.
Slovenia has hardly any ambition in foreign policy, and the country’s contribution to joint EU policymaking is minimal.
There is evidence of decisiveness and clarity in the UK’s foreign policy outlook. But there is also ambivalence, partly explained by preelection domestic politics.
Belgium is a firm believer in a more integrated EU foreign and security policy. But the country sometimes lacks the clarity and drive to put that belief into practice.
Austria has high foreign policy ambitions, but when it comes to concrete engagement in conflicts, Vienna keeps a low profile and prefers to sit on the sidelines.
Lithuania puts more emphasis on upholding European values than some countries at the heart of the EU. This is not just idealism, it is a matter of hardheaded interests.