Capitals Series

  • Letter From Kiev
    Mikhail Minakov
    November 06, 2015

    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.

  • Europe’s Pathetic Lack of Foreign Policy Ambition

    Judy DempseyFriday, August 07, 2015

    The European Union is strategically and politically ill prepared to make a difference at the regional or global level.

  • Letter From the Brussels Bubble

    Ian TraynorFriday, July 31, 2015

      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?

    • Letter From Zagreb

      Žarko PuhovskiFriday, July 24, 2015

        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.

      • Letter From The Hague

        Louise van Schaik, Margriet DrentFriday, July 17, 2015

          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.

        • Letter From Bucharest

          Armand Goșu, Octavian ManeaFriday, July 10, 2015

            As a country on the Eastern edge of NATO and the EU, Romania spends most of its diplomatic resources on regional security priorities.

          • Letter From Helsinki

            René NybergFriday, July 03, 2015

              Finland has found a way to reconcile with Russia. Yet this great-power neighbor remains Helsinki’s insoluble security dilemma.

            • Letter From Nicosia

              Nicholas KaridesFriday, June 26, 2015

                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.

              • Letter From Budapest

                Botond Feledy, András RáczFriday, June 19, 2015

                  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.

                • Letter From Rome

                  Marta DassùFriday, June 12, 2015

                    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.

                  • Letter From Warsaw

                    Eugeniusz SmolarFriday, June 05, 2015

                      Due to its size, geography, and history, Poland is a concerned, active, and ambitious foreign policy player.

                    • Letter From Luxembourg

                      Mario HirschFriday, May 29, 2015

                        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.

                      • Letter From Sofia

                        Daniel SmilovFriday, May 22, 2015

                          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?

                        • Letter From Tallinn

                          Ahto LobjakasFriday, May 15, 2015

                            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.

                          • Letter From Athens

                            Thanos DokosFriday, May 08, 2015

                              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.

                            • Letter From Ljubljana

                              Saša VidmajerFriday, April 24, 2015

                                Slovenia has hardly any ambition in foreign policy, and the country’s contribution to joint EU policymaking is minimal.

                              • Letter From London

                                Paul CornishFriday, April 17, 2015

                                  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.

                                • Letter From Brussels

                                  Sven BiscopFriday, April 10, 2015

                                    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.

                                  • Letter From Vienna

                                    Thomas MayerFriday, April 03, 2015

                                      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.

                                    • Letter From Vilnius

                                      Vykintas PugačiauskasFriday, March 27, 2015

                                        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.

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