Policy watchers have to understand that their traditional methods of analysis do not count anymore. Whatever the issue, the U.S. president’s response is: me.
Expectations have been building for the new government in Berlin to take the lead in defining the EU’s role in a shifting global order and to relaunch the integration process.
The international order has never been tidy or complete, always having lands with contested sovereignty. Yet the breakdown of empires is the most common catalyst for producing new aspirant states.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Finally, the European Union is focusing on its neglected back garden.
Refugees have conditions for voluntary return—conditions that political efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict have largely ignored.
The French president has his work cut out in persuading Trump to appreciate the benefits of multilateralism and the transatlantic relationship.
Cruise missiles and lofty speeches will not bring peace to the Syrians. France must enlist the EU to start working on a real settlement.
European donors should persist with a localist approach in Syria, but efforts should generate an inclusive notion of democratic citizenship rather than just support the liberal-moderate opposition.
Failing to reach a compromise on EU defense policies not only affects relations between France and Germany, it jeopardizes European security.