EU-U.S. frictions are emerging over Russia’s war in Ukraine, economic nationalism, and China. Working together on security while fending off for themselves economically is not viable.
The mismatch between how the EU perceives its international role and how it is viewed abroad is glaring at times. Whereas the union sees itself as a champion of multilateralism and a generous donor, those in the Global South frequently criticize the EU as being hypocritical, self-serving, and post-colonial.
The EU must build a new set of ambitious policies that treats Russia as a major threat to peace and stability in Europe, while continuing to engage with its people. A longer-term Russia strategy begins with a “Ukraine First” policy.
Climate-vulnerable countries delivered an extraordinary COP against all odds. The EU’s support for their leadership and astute negotiation tactics also contributed to making Sharm El-Sheikh more successful than meets the eye.
Financed by the EU, the construction of the Pelješac Bridge in Croatia has been a resounding success for Chinese soft power. Policymakers in Brussels should implement changes to the union’s procurement policy to avoid supporting the ambitions of its economic competitor and systemic rival.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be a record-breaking affair. The tournament is poised to be the most-watched and highest-grossing sporting event of all time.
In the run-up to the 2023 elections, Turkey’s foreign policy will be shaped by domestic politics. To stand a chance of winning, the opposition must unite and put forward a cohesive electoral program.
Many countries critical to the global effort to tackle climate change have poor human rights records. Democracies must find ways to ensure progress on both fronts.
Countries responsible for higher gas emissions are stuck in an economic model that does not allow for peaceful and constructive climate conversations. To deliver on the climate transition and to avoid further conflict, decarbonization should not be used as a tool to redesign the global balance of power.