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.
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.
A land swap between Kosovo and Serbia is still on the table, but the EU has an inconsistent strategy toward the issue and the region as a whole. International engagement has become more necessary than ever.
The EU’s twin policy of peacemaking and state building in the Middle East is unachievable. Now, the union must choose between preventing the status quo from deteriorating and embracing a one-state reality.
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.