Capitals Series

  • Letter From Rome
    Marta Dassù
    June 12, 2015

    Italy is committed to a stronger global role for the EU. But delegating authority to Brussels doesn’t mean that Rome is trying to shirk its international responsibilities.

  • Letter From Warsaw

    Eugeniusz SmolarFriday, June 05, 2015

      Due to its size, geography, and history, Poland is a concerned, active, and ambitious foreign policy player.

    • Letter From Luxembourg

      Mario HirschFriday, May 29, 2015

        Luxembourg has learned to defend its own interests in a Europe that increasingly looks like a free-for-all. But it does so with more restraint than others.

      • Letter From Sofia

        Daniel SmilovFriday, May 22, 2015

          The Bulgarian government aims to boost the country’s image in the EU. That is a commendable objective, but does Sofia have the necessary resources to meet it?

        • Letter From Tallinn

          Ahto LobjakasFriday, May 15, 2015

            Estonia’s foreign policy ignores domestic vulnerabilities and lacks regional depth. As a result, the country is too reliant on the goodwill and commitment of others.

          • Letter From Athens

            Thanos DokosFriday, May 08, 2015

              Greek foreign policy looks much more ambitious today than in recent years. But Athens needs to quickly readjust to a changing security and economic environment.

            • Letter From Ljubljana

              Saša VidmajerFriday, April 24, 2015

                Slovenia has hardly any ambition in foreign policy, and the country’s contribution to joint EU policymaking is minimal.

              • Letter From London

                Paul CornishFriday, April 17, 2015

                  There is evidence of decisiveness and clarity in the UK’s foreign policy outlook. But there is also ambivalence, partly explained by preelection domestic politics.

                • Letter From Brussels

                  Sven BiscopFriday, April 10, 2015

                    Belgium is a firm believer in a more integrated EU foreign and security policy. But the country sometimes lacks the clarity and drive to put that belief into practice.

                  • Letter From Vienna

                    Thomas MayerFriday, April 03, 2015

                      Austria has high foreign policy ambitions, but when it comes to concrete engagement in conflicts, Vienna keeps a low profile and prefers to sit on the sidelines.

                    • Letter From Vilnius

                      Vykintas PugačiauskasFriday, March 27, 2015

                        Lithuania puts more emphasis on upholding European values than some countries at the heart of the EU. This is not just idealism, it is a matter of hardheaded interests.

                      • Letter From Lisbon

                        Paulo GorjãoFriday, March 20, 2015

                          For a relatively small geopolitical player, Portugal has a surprisingly ambitious foreign policy. A key theme in that policy is the country’s strategic geographic location.

                        • Letter From Stockholm

                          Björn Fägersten, Jonathan LundellFriday, March 13, 2015

                            The Swedish government that entered office in late 2014 has a bold foreign policy agenda, continuing the country’s traditionally high level of international ambition.

                          • Letter From Bratislava

                            Milan Nič, Marian MajerFriday, March 06, 2015

                              Slovakia succeeds in many aspects of foreign and security policy, but the way in which it does so is patchy and complacent. Bratislava needs a more strategic approach.

                            • Letter From Paris

                              François HeisbourgFriday, February 27, 2015

                                Although France’s economic standing has been decreasing in recent years, that has not affected the country’s foreign policy ambitions, which remain consistently high.

                              • Letter From Valletta

                                Anthony ManducaFriday, February 20, 2015

                                  Malta’s small size prevents it from coming up with major foreign policy initiatives, but it is nevertheless keen to promote peace and stability in the Mediterranean.

                                • Letter From Copenhagen

                                  Bo LidegaardFriday, February 13, 2015

                                    Denmark pursues an active foreign policy at both the European and the international level, helping develop joint EU approaches and contributing to military interventions.

                                  • Letter From Madrid

                                    Charles PowellFriday, February 06, 2015

                                      Spain has faced daunting political and economic challenges that have limited its ability to contribute to EU foreign policy. Will that situation change anytime soon?

                                    • Letter From Prague

                                      Martin EhlFriday, January 30, 2015

                                        Despite its export-driven economy, the Czech Republic has a low level of foreign policy ambition. In fact, foreign policy has never been a priority for any Czech government.

                                      • Letter From Dublin

                                        Ben TonraFriday, January 23, 2015

                                          Despite two major institutional constraints, Irish foreign policy has ambition. Ireland may lack capacity, confidence, and, occasionally, resolve—but the drive is there.

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