Capitals Series

  • Letter From Luxembourg
    Mario Hirsch
    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.

                  • Letter From Lisbon

                    Paulo GorjãoFriday, March 20, 2015

                      For a relatively small geopolitical player, Portugal has a surprisingly ambitious foreign policy. A key theme in that policy is the country’s strategic geographic location.

                    • Letter From Stockholm

                      Björn Fägersten, Jonathan LundellFriday, March 13, 2015

                        The Swedish government that entered office in late 2014 has a bold foreign policy agenda, continuing the country’s traditionally high level of international ambition.

                      • Letter From Bratislava

                        Milan Nič, Marian MajerFriday, March 06, 2015

                          Slovakia succeeds in many aspects of foreign and security policy, but the way in which it does so is patchy and complacent. Bratislava needs a more strategic approach.

                        • Letter From Paris

                          François HeisbourgFriday, February 27, 2015

                            Although France’s economic standing has been decreasing in recent years, that has not affected the country’s foreign policy ambitions, which remain consistently high.

                          • Letter From Valletta

                            Anthony ManducaFriday, February 20, 2015

                              Malta’s small size prevents it from coming up with major foreign policy initiatives, but it is nevertheless keen to promote peace and stability in the Mediterranean.

                            • Letter From Copenhagen

                              Bo LidegaardFriday, February 13, 2015

                                Denmark pursues an active foreign policy at both the European and the international level, helping develop joint EU approaches and contributing to military interventions.

                              • Letter From Madrid

                                Charles PowellFriday, February 06, 2015

                                  Spain has faced daunting political and economic challenges that have limited its ability to contribute to EU foreign policy. Will that situation change anytime soon?

                                • Letter From Prague

                                  Martin EhlFriday, January 30, 2015

                                    Despite its export-driven economy, the Czech Republic has a low level of foreign policy ambition. In fact, foreign policy has never been a priority for any Czech government.

                                  • Letter From Dublin

                                    Ben TonraFriday, January 23, 2015

                                      Despite two major institutional constraints, Irish foreign policy has ambition. Ireland may lack capacity, confidence, and, occasionally, resolve—but the drive is there.

                                    • Letter From Riga

                                      Diāna PotjomkinaFriday, January 16, 2015

                                        Latvia’s foreign policy outlook has evolved considerably in the past twenty years. Riga has moved beyond grand narratives to a more substantive, down-to-earth approach.

                                      • Letter From Berlin

                                        Volker Perthes, Markus KaimFriday, January 09, 2015

                                          If Germany is to live up to international expectations about its power and responsibility, then Berlin has to realize that foreign policy begins at home.

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