Turkey’s incursion into Syria has adverse consequences for Europe’s security. But the problem is much bigger than just Turkey. It is high time the EU reemerged on the Middle East scene and acted strategically.
Global problems require complex solutions. The current growing global disorder in its many forms makes the case for a reimagined international peace project, albeit a very different one from that of a century ago.
Russia continuously uses energy politics as a foreign policy instrument, thwarting EU diversification efforts, setting foot in the MENA region, and establishing itself as a major supplier of energy to China.
The EU needs to decide whether democracy support is core to how it defines its geostrategic interests. This will determine whether its new democracy strategy can reverse the union’s creeping democratic passivity.
Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.