The EU needs to restore its dwindling democratic legitimacy by offering solutions that feel relevant to citizens.
Three years ago, the EU began to intensify its engagement with Asia. Now, the question is whether there is the political will to move this relationship to the next phase.
EU-Turkey relations have grown very fast in recent years. Now, the pair should deepen their relationship by working together on issues that are of vital importance for both.
It is time for all NATO countries to engage in a real strategic debate about why defense matters and what members should do to uphold the transatlantic relationship.
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 efforts to address the security ramifications of climate change have fallen short. Brussels must develop a strategy that produces tangible results on climate security.
The EU is not punching its weight on the international stage. With crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, now is the time to reform and strengthen the union’s foreign policy.
Politics in the Middle East are polarized and fragmented. The Arab Spring’s citizen-led spirit of reform is still alive, but societies are torn apart by bitter tensions.
The EU’s approach to its neighbors is not working. Launching a fundamentally renewed European Neighborhood Policy should be a top priority for the EU leadership.
Iran’s new president has paved the way for improved relations with the West. Now, the West must determine whether Iran’s changed rhetoric signals the start of a new direction.
The Vilnius summit is a chance for the EU to define a more effective Eastern strategy. Yet many European governments seem unsure about what being “strategic” actually means.
The EU must embrace a wider variety of tactics, models, actors, and strategies, or it risks losing credibility and traction in the field of democracy support.
The euro crisis has a political component. At issue is the EU’s democratic legitimacy—the need for citizens to feel they have more influence over EU decisions.
What is at stake in Turkey is the issue of fundamental freedoms in the daily life of Turkish citizens and the limits on an elected government’s way to exercise authority.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will soon face parliamentary elections. There is much unfinished business that the next chancellor, be it Merkel or someone else, will have to manage.
Turkey’s efforts to curtail press freedom are not serving the state well, even in its fight against terror. Ankara should take steps to improve its record.
European leaders spent their residual political capital on combating the eurozone crisis and are reluctant to champion the unpopular EU-enlargement project.
As the Eurasian customs union’s influence on the world stage and in Europe’s neighborhood is likely to increase, the EU should attempt to understand the project and find ways to protect its own interests.
Although Putin’s leadership team still confronts many challenges, it is far from clear that the end of the Putin era is nigh.
The EU acts as a bloc with all 27 member states discussing issues and unanimously making decisions, but behind the scenes lies a tacit agreement that the Big Three, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, take the lead on foreign policy.