Despite over two decades of partnership, it is unclear whether the EU’s approach toward Tunisia has increased the country’s economic and social wealth.
Because of the distance between them, the EU and Israel have serious misperceptions of each other. That puts the EU in a strategic, political, and moral dilemma.
If the Europeans do not take the Syrian conflict seriously, other global actors will not take the Europeans seriously either.
To the EU’s detriment, its policy toward its Eastern neighbors is neither creating an arc of stability nor encouraging democracy.
Georgia tries to distance itself from the rest of the South Caucasus through a process of integration with the West. But that process is far from plain sailing.
In the last five years, Moldova has gone from success story to captured state. Any EU support for the country should be linked to the fight against corruption.
The EU’s problem in Azerbaijan is that it lacks leverage. Smart and targeted sanctions against certain government figures would help.
If the EU wants a reliable partner in Belarus, the country must be transformed into a more democratic state. Only the Belarusian people can achieve this transformation.
Armenia needs to find its own voice on foreign policy and ensure that its international partnerships do not limit the country’s ability to make sovereign decisions.
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.