Both Russia and the European Union are at a stage when setting out their own domestic priorities and defining their respective global roles are more important than achieving an alliance.
Warsaw wants more of the same from Berlin. But the depth of Polish-German relations will depend on Germany maintaining its role as the guardian of cohesion in the EU.
The European Union must decide how best to encourage human rights before it is too late.
The EU’s tarnished image as a community of nations is alarming. It is therefore essential to create the conditions for a better future in a postcrisis world.
The Dutch have not suddenly become Euroskeptics. The Netherlands has always been reserved toward Europe. It has just managed, for a long time, to hide it.
The Serbia-Kosovo agreement proves that clever diplomacy combined with the power of the prospect of EU enlargement can still deliver significant results.
The euro crisis shows that more integration, not less, is indispensable for moving Europe out of the danger zone and ensuring that it remains a beacon of peace and prosperity.
While EU member states commit to pursuing certain objectives together, they also continue to run their own national foreign policies.
Serbia and Kosovo agreed last month to exchange envoys for the first time in response to a broader European Union push for the two to improve relations.
European leaders spent their residual political capital on combating the eurozone crisis and are reluctant to champion the unpopular EU-enlargement project.