Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The EU needs to strengthen its foreign policy by preserving, not eradicating, national differences, writes Portugal’s state secretary for Europe.
Reducing the role of the EU institutions in foreign policy making has severely dented the union’s standing, credibility, and influence in the Arab world and beyond.
With the current liberal world order under threat, it is high time the EU fine-tuned the ways in which it defends its core principles.
Nearly two decades after the 1995 Dayton Agreement ended the first set of wars in former Yugoslavia, the Bosnian state remains dysfunctional.
Amid ongoing negotiations on a transatlantic trade and investment partnership, it is unclear how the deal could be opened up to third countries once talks are concluded.
Germany’s approach to managing the Ukraine crisis has been fairly successful in limiting Russian meddling. But the confrontation between the West and Russia is far from over.
The United States and the EU are negotiating a transatlantic trade deal that could be difficult to multilateralize. Third countries should engage now to avoid that danger later.
EU governments have been rocked by the results of the European elections. The outcome could be a reduction in the political weight of the European Commission.
What Europe needs is energy security. To achieve that, Europe must reduce its dependence on Russia. And that means finding non-Russian gas.