In spite of the return of power politics, the hope for a rules-based international order is not dead. Relaunching multilateralism together with like-minded partners around the world should therefore remain at the center of Europe’s foreign policy.
Russia’s peace deal for Armenia and Azerbaijan has halted the war over Nagorny Karabakh and exposed the Western countries as bystanders. The Europeans must now try to help shape a lasting peace on the ground.
Europe’s leaders cannot expect a free ride from the incoming Biden presidency. It’s time to get serious about European security, defense, and strategy if the changing transatlantic relationship is to remain relevant.
The UK’s economic relationship with the EU will change profoundly. Instead of open trade, Britain is heading for a hard Brexit that will have dire consequences for its economy and role as a trading nation.
The European Council will have to tread carefully between principles, possible actions, and unsound options when confronting Turkey’s leadership over its disruptive behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The European Parliament should be an important source of democratic oversight and accountability as the EU continues to pursue greater integration in a field as politically sensitive as security and defense.