Speck was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.
Ulrich Speck is no longer with Carnegie Europe.
Ulrich Speck was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. His research focused on the European Union’s foreign policy and Europe’s strategic role in a changing global environment.
Since 2009, he has edited the Global Europe Brief, a weekly EU foreign policy newsletter widely circulated among decisionmakers in Brussels and other European capitals.
From 2010 to 2013, Speck was an associate fellow at the Madrid-based think tank FRIDE. Prior to that he worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague and Brussels, and in 2006 he was a fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC.
Speck writes a monthly foreign policy column for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading Swiss daily. He has published widely on German and European foreign policy and transatlantic relations. He co-edited Empire America: Perspectives on a New World Order (Empire Amerika. Perspektiven einer neuen Weltordnung; Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2003), which asks whether the United States can be called an empire, as well as books on the revolution of 1848 and modern anti-Semitism.
For Greece to transform its economy, the Greek government must start to see Brussels, Paris, and Berlin not as enemies but as partners for change.
The EU and Russia are increasingly at odds with each other. The two worlds are drifting farther apart.
If the EU wants to be an effective foreign policy player, it must unite the strengths of its member states and its central institutions. Otherwise, its policies will fail.
A new joint declaration by the French and German foreign ministers could revitalize Franco-German cooperation. Over time, that could lead to a genuine EU foreign policy.
The EU’s diplomatic service and the member states are engaged in a frustrating and damaging competition. The two sides must move from a zero-sum game toward a win-win situation.
In recent years, the EU has displayed a lack of political will to become a serious global player. Next month’s Eastern Partnership summit is an opportunity not to be wasted.
The euro crisis is not the only foreign policy challenge facing the new government in Berlin. Will Germany now realize its potential and develop a foreign policy worthy of the name?
Without U.S. engagement, Europe remains divided on Syria. Yet as this bloody civil war spreads to the wider region, both sides of the Atlantic may be forced into action.
The old transatlantic partnership, centered on security, is in decline. But an emerging new partnership, built around a transatlantic marketplace, offers the prospect for Europe and the United States to build a strong pillar of liberal world order.
Europeans need to take more responsibility for their immediate neighborhood, as they can no longer expect the United States to lead the military front for them.