France and Germany must stand united if Europe is to exert any meaningful political and economic influence in its relations with Beijing. But for now, national interests prevail.
Mass protests garner significant attention, but what happens next is just as vital for achieving real and lasting change.
In light of big geopolitical changes, the EU has focused on improving its microlevel democracy support. But it most urgently needs a rethink at the macrolevel of its democracy strategy.
Protests like the ones in Hong Kong have proliferated around the world in recent years. But can they lead to lasting change?
Europe has started re-evaluating its policies with respect to the China challenge.
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.
The alliance’s reflex is to shy away from political discussions. This doesn’t bode well when it comes to even thinking about developing a shared strategic outlook toward China.
The bottom line is that bridging to G7 nations such as Italy and France and getting global recognition for the BRI are now top Chinese priorities. China wants to be seen as the new champion of multilateralism.
For all the overtures to China that Rome is making, Italy has not yet settled on what kind of relationship it actually wants.
Does the recent surge of citizen activism and anger, which is just the most recent swell in what has been a decade-long tide of large-scale protests, offer some broader lessons about the state of democracy?