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December 10, 2012 | Germany: The Abstention Champion

Oliver Krumme: Germany’s present foreign policy has been marked by not taking positions in crucial votes during its two-year membership of the UN Security Council. Whenever there was a decision to make, it was almost certain for Germany to abstain. Germany is the undisputed abstention champion. …More

November 30, 2012 | The EU and the Middle East: Divided We Decide

On November 29, the UN approved Palestine’s bid for being a “non-member observer state”. ++ Despite all the risks of this decision, the EU has once again shown its inability of acting unanimously. ++ While France, Portugal and …More

November 23, 2012 | Cyprus Conflict Prevents EU-NATO Strategic Partnership

Remziye Yilmaz: Despite all efforts to have a fully-fledged strategic partnership between the EU and NATO, such a genuine strategic partnership has still not been achieved because of various obstacles. Cyprus conflict is one of the main obstacles that have decreased EU-NATO cooperation in the context of security and defense. …More

November 20, 2012 | The Consequences of a British Exit from the EU

UK Prime Minister Cameron may well be putting in motion a political process that will culminate in Britain’s exit from the EU. ++ That outcome would deal a serious blow to European solidarity and shake the foundations of the …More

November 16, 2012 | Dr. Patryk Pawlak, EU Institute for Security Studies

Dr. Patryk Pawlak is a Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris where he deals with EU-US relations and US domestic and foreign policies. He also deals with EU Justice and Home Affairs, with …More

November 16, 2012 | Time to Grow up: What Obama's Re-election Means for Europe

Abstract from the ECFR report by Dimitar Bechev, Anthony Dworkin, François
Godement, Richard Gowan, Hans Kundnani, Mark Leonard, Daniel Levy, Kadri Liik
and Nick Witney:
“Most Europeans are relieved at …More

November 13, 2012 | NATO and the Challenges of Austerity

Abstract provided by RAND: “In the coming decade, NATO faces growing fiscal austerity and
declining defense budgets. This study analyzes the impact of planned defense
budget cuts on the capabilities of seven European members of NATO - …More

October 1, 2012 | Gaining the Upper Hand Over the Iran-Hezbollah Axis

Niklas Anzinger & Ludwig Jung: Syria’s civil war has left the region’s revolutionary axis vulnerable. Tehran and Hezbollah are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy against their perceived enemies. Apart from putting more pressure on Tehran, designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the EU would help Western powers dry up financial sources in several European countries. …More

September 27, 2012 | Turkey: A Rising Middle Power

Editorial Team: The last two years were packed full of great ideas from our community of over 7,000 members. In surveying opinion articles published by our members during the time, Turkey’s foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government remains a popular topic on Atlantic Community. …More

September 21, 2012 | Europe Needs Not More, But Better Integration

Franziska Brantner: Before they demand more Europe, pro-Europeans have to say how citizens can stay in control of the process. The grand project of finally making the EU into a true economic union, finally risking the step to create a true political union after more than five decades – this project will only be successful if citizens see themselves as part of the process. …More

September 14, 2012 | Conference Invitation: Europe's Common Future

Editorial Team: The EU not only finds itself in a fiscal crisis, it is also faced with a crisis of confidence. We need a broadly based public debate on alternative proposals for the future of Europe. With this in mind, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s international conference explores different perspectives and policy proposals. is a media partner and invites you to attend the conference or watch the live stream. …More

September 12, 2012 | Irregular Immigration: Matching the Labor Market and Mobility Incentives

Memo 42: Irregular immigration policy needs restructuring in a way that benefits both destination countries and the immigrants. The EU and the US should focus policy efforts on strengthening cooperation with sender countries, increasing the incentives for legal migration, and targeting the legalization of irregular immigrants. …More

September 2, 2012 | Border Policies: Lessons for Improvement

Editorial Team: The United States and the European Union both have their share of illegal immigration. During times like these, of economic crisis and high unemployment, tensions around illegal immigration restrictions become especially salient. Do the US and the EU stand to learn anything from each other? How can they move forward with just and fair policies? …More

September 1, 2012 | The EU Has the Wrong Approach and Wrong Attitude

Anna Morticelli: Even though EU policy grants member states substantial autonomy in matters of illegal immigration, a coherent across-the-board approach would be more effective. Illegal immigrants should be decriminalized and viewed as a resource, and their countries of origin should continue to receive financial support. …More

August 31, 2012 | EU Fares Better in Preventing and Reducing Irregular Migration than the US

Franck Düvell: In the EU irregular migrants mainly enter legally and overstay whilst in the US they mainly enter clandestinely. Thus, in the EU, irregular immigration is primarily an internal control issue, whilst in the US it is primarily an external border control issue. In the EU where there are more regularizations and legal migration channels, there are less irregular immigrant populations. This seems like a viable solution. …More

August 30, 2012 | Immigration Policy Needs Penalties and Incentives

Edward Alden: Increased internal and external border enforcement as well as economic crisis has decreased the population of unauthorized immigrants in both Europe and the US. Policies should provide incentives to encourage legal migration rather than just disincentives against illegal migration. Guest worker programs are a good place to start. …More

August 30, 2012 | The EU Frontier: Policy Implications at the Spanish Border

Alice Pannier: Spain’s illegal immigration policies, especially those towards boat people, indicate a re-imagination of its borders as the greater EU frontier. These policies underline a rhetorical gap in EU border discourse—a gap full with ethical and legal challenges that must be addressed before effective policies come about. …More

August 28, 2012 | Governing Irregular Migration: No Power Politics but Deliberation

Bastian Vollmer: The policy domain of irregular migration has reached a new level of politicization. ‘Power politics’ increasingly set the stage for policy-making subject to forces and logics that do not serve the public good but rather political careers. Instead, the high-risk policy domain of irregular migration needs deliberation - a high quality of a well-informed and balanced discourse in the EU and the US. …More

August 28, 2012 | German Leadership at Home and Abroad

Merkel has taken bold initiatives at home and overseas. ++ At home, she opposed Greek’s exit from the eurozone, thereby preserving the unity of the union. ++ Abroad, she represented not only Germany, but the EU in her visit to China where …More

August 13, 2012 | The Last Shall Be First: German Bonds and the Euro Crisis

Christian Fahrholz & Gernot Pehnelt: Investors with exposure to Euro-denominated German bonds should consider switching to more defensive plays than aggressive bets. In the end, Germany’s status as a ‘safe haven’ within the Eurozone might just disappear. What happens then? …More

August 1, 2012 | France and Germany: All for One and One for All?

Harold Mock: Despite recent pronouncements about cooperation, much is left to be desired in the current relationship between France and Germany. Both countries have the potential to guide the EU towards a stronger fulfillment of its vision, but can Hollande and Merkel fully cooperate? Or is the situation already too bleak for their joint efforts? …More

July 23, 2012 | An Honest Monti Just Might Save Italy

The tale spun by Monti is one in which Italy secured the right to use eurozone rescue funds without any additional conditions. ++ As the country approaches an investment crisis and it becomes more likely that Rome will have to tap into …More

July 4, 2012 | Europe's Last Dictator: The Hypocrisy of Ignoring Alexander Lukashenko

Jack Barton: Not many people know about Belarus and what is going on. But they should. President Alexander Lukashenko is a true dictator. The secret police there still call themselves the KGB. European leaders must not simply go on ignoring the situation. …More

June 29, 2012 | Make the Germans Pay?

Germany is told that it must shell out cash in order to save the Euro. ++ This argument presumes that Germany has only benefited from a depressed exchange rate. ++ In fact, a depressed German exchange rate has shifted productive resources into goods …More

June 21, 2012 | Describing the European Union's Power Potential

Amal Varghese: This paper examines the nature of the European Union’s power potential at a theoretical level, engaging with Duchenne’s ‘civilian’ power analysis, Manners’normative characterisation and Nye’s soft power analysis of the EU’s power potential. A reply to Chloe Gotterson’s characterisation of the EU. …More

June 15, 2012 | European Energy Policy: Looking in the Wrong Direction

Mohamed Ahmed El Garhi: The 2006-2009 Russia-Ukraine gas standoff demonstrated the vulnerability of the European Union’s energy security in light of Europe’s increasing dependency on Russian oil and gas. The time has come for the EU to invest in other energy sources as well as new energy partners. …More

June 5, 2012 | Rescuing Spanish Banks

The EU must find a way to salvage its banks and should start with Spain. ++ Spain’s banks are paralyzed amid losses incurred by real estate loans. ++ An injection of capital, 120 billion euros, is required. ++ The situation is only getting worse, as bank …More

May 31, 2012 | Demographics and Europe's Future

So long as Europe continues its demographic slide, the continent will continue to decline. ++ For example, Spain’s fertility rate is one of the lowest in Europe as well as the world. ++ But unlike say Germany, Spain and the Mediterranean …More

May 30, 2012 | Whither the European Project?

Germany’s inability to address the Eurozone crisis means that Europe is now facing an existential crisis. ++ As shown by history, Germany’s strict austerity will only lead to depression. ++ Europe’s future depends on Germany’s economic policies …More

May 24, 2012 | Remember the Balkans

The Balkan economies are expected to contract even more, which will in turn increase the lure of nationalism. ++ In Serbia, an extreme nationalist, Tomislav Nikolic, defeated the incumbent president. ++ The election has the potential to grow into a …More

May 16, 2012 | Berlin's Competitiveness Gains Perpetuate the Crisis

European leaders must pay close attention to the “austerity vs. growth” debate. ++ Although there is much condemnation of Europe’s austerity cure, critics are unsuccessful in finding solutions to fund …More

May 11, 2012 | Spain Needs Audacity, Not Half-Measures

Spain must be bold in order to reestablish confidence in it banks. ++ Without healthy banks, the Spanish economy will continue downhill. ++ Current measures have been too little, too late. ++ Policymakers have been indecisive and …More

May 10, 2012 | Changing Policy Over Dinner

Economic policy changes in Europe have been a common feature of the EU since its inception. ++ However, the fundamental politics of decision-making has yet to change. ++ Crucial deals are still being concluded behind closed doors among key national …More

May 8, 2012 | Hollande's Victory an Opening for Europe

Hollande’s victory offers Europe an opportunity to directly address the challenges ahead. ++ The victory should bring an end to policy focused entirely on austerity, which has split the EU and paralyzed economies. ++ Any new plan for …More

May 2, 2012 | Politics of EU's Structural Fund Policy

Thilo Bodenstein: This article investigates the political determinants of EU’s Structural Fund distribution. It concludes that the official criteria used are not sufficient to explain the final distribution of Structural Funds, and that at the interregional level, pork-barrel politics plays a strong role in determining the amount of Structural Funds. …More

May 2, 2012 | Denmark's Strategic Importance to Transatlantic Security

Niall Mulchinock: In response to Lord West’s comments branding Denmark and Belgium as second-rate countries while insisting that Britain will continue to remain a major power, despite its defense cuts, it is necessary to signify the important role that Denmark plays in regards to its continued commitment to transatlantic security. …More

April 27, 2012 | The EU Path to Prosperity

International trade is not a zero-sum game; it is a mutually beneficial good. ++ Any steps to stop international trade through protectionist measures will only hinder economic growth in Europe. ++ Innovation is a major driver of economic progress. ++ …More

April 20, 2012 | The Spanish Struggle

Spain faces a structural crisis. ++ International demand for Spanish bonds is extremely low, making Spanish banks the main buyers. ++ This comes in the aftermath of the Spanish government playing politics and not offering sufficient reforms. ++ The central …More

April 12, 2012 | The EU's Normative Power - Strength or Weakness?

Tornike Metreveli: The paper tries to critically reflect on the concept of the European Union’s Normative Power as advocated by Ian Manners. By drawing on comparative analysis, the paper seeks to illustrate that the EU’s normative power can be its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. …More

April 10, 2012 | A Compass for the CSDP

The European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) is intended to enable Europe to actively pursue peace in its neighborhood. From the beginning, it has been a key concern of the Social Democrats’ policy on Europe. Emerging from EU impotence …More

March 23, 2012 | Europe Stoking Trade War

The European Commission’s recent proposal on public procurement risks a 1930s-style protectionist war. ++ The proposal would allow the EU to close public-procurement markets to countries that exclude European companies from their public contracts. ++ …More

March 5, 2012 | America and the Next Phase of the Eurozone Crisis

The common denominator in the Eurozone crisis today is a lack of individual economic statesmanship and not simply the embeddedness of banking institutions. ++ Contrary to popular belief, America could afford to both pivot …More

February 28, 2012 | Germany is Now the America of Europe: Hated

Why not exclude ethnic origins from reporting on the Eurocrisis? ++ Hardly a day goes by in Greece without Chancellor Angela Merkel being depicted in a Nazi uniform. ++ Germany will not see a good deal of the €130 billion it …More

February 27, 2012 | January & February's Best Debates

Editorial Team: Great policy recommendations emerge from the collective intelligence of the community. That means your articles are not only important in themselves but as a platform for debate in the comments below. Here are the best debates from January and February, they’re still open to read and add your thoughts! …More

February 27, 2012 | Between Solidarity and Solidity: No Reason for Berlin to Boost the ESM

Hans F. Bellstedt: Increasing the European Stability Mechanism is matter of European solidarity and not financial common sense. Germany is being left to take the risk against its own interests and there is little evidence that this “Bazooka-strategy” will work. …More

February 23, 2012 | How Cameron Can Save the UK

If he proposed a federal UK, David Cameron could save the union while improving both Tory electoral chances and UK politics. ++ The current political arrangements in the UK are unsustainable. ++ Depending on timing, Scottish independence might not be …More

February 7, 2012 | Europe Without Defense

NATO’s operation in Libya has revealed significant deficiencies in European defense. It is not only that Europe’s defense capability is chronically underdeveloped and the USA’s support is dwindling. The resources that would allow European states to deal …More

February 2, 2012 | Hungary: A Test Case for EU Relevance

Jack Bicker: The diplomatic turmoils surrounding domestic politics in Hungary are a chance for EU institutions to define their effectiveness at a moment of significant flux. They also confirm that a potentially consolidated EU could be a strong and valued partner in a continuing transatlantic alliance. …More

February 2, 2012 | Recess is Over: Europe and Systemic Crisis

Asle Toje: It now seems clear that the economic crisis that started in 2008 is both deeper and more lasting than first thought. While leaders threat about the crisis bursting into the real economy, this specter is manageable compared with the dangers we will face if the economic crisis turns into a full-blown systemic crisis. …More

January 31, 2012 | An Irish View on the Fiscal Pact Treaty

Fiscal controls were not the cause of the Eurozone crisis and strengthening them will not solve it. ++ The debate over the crisis has been the worst of any Europe-related treaty, the current draft merely delays change for five years. ++ …More

January 25, 2012 | Which Topics Should Focus on in 2012?

Editorial Team: We want to know what issues you believe will be the most important this year. As well as an op-ed competition in the coming months, we will also be launching theme weeks on a number of key developing issues. So please take a look at the following briefs and express your views by voting and sharing your thoughts in the comments box below. …More

January 24, 2012 | Operation Atalanta: A Rational Choice Approach

Ravi Sodha: This paper will analyse why Operation Atalanta is still operational in its current form when opinion seems to argue against it. It answers this question with a set of empirical data viewed through the lenses of the rational choice approach, the institutional explanation, and constructivism. …More

January 13, 2012 | A Multi-Speed EU Will Weaken Europe

David Grodzki: A greater union of the Eurozone countries may have a dangerous effect on the overall unity of the European Union. A growing divide between a “Core Europe” and a periphery based on the Euro threatens to undermine the European integration process and reduce Europe’s status in the world. …More

January 9, 2012 | Why Poland Really Supports German Leadership in Europe

Daria Wiktoria Dylla: Warsaw’s strong support for a hegemonial position of Germany in Europe might at first be seen as the least expected behavior of a Polish government. However, a closer look at Poland’s the geopolitically difficult situation reveals that it should above all try to prevent a further disintegration of the EU. This requires accepting a dominant position of Berlin. …More

December 23, 2011 | A Correct and Courageous Step

Stewart Munn: The French Parliament is right to pass the Armenian Genocide Bill. Turkish threats and counter measures are a price worth paying when fighting for justice. Denying the Armenian Genocide and pandering to those who deny it is hypocritical of the West in an era where our civilization is trying to be a shining light to those in the Arab world who are casting off dictatorships. …More

December 13, 2011 | More Union, More Democracy for Europe

It is not the premise of the EU that is flawed; the current crisis is a political one. ++ Even in sovereign states, resentment builds towards “weaker” regions perceived to be getting a free ride, but institutions are strong …More

December 13, 2011 | Germany Should Not Choose Trade Over Human Rights

Franco Pedroni: Germany, like its European partners, is supposed to stand for human rights, freedom, and dignity. But in its trade relationships with a Chinese system that exploits its people and uses them to profit on the world market, it caves to economic pressures and betrays its values. …More

December 12, 2011 | Europe is Angry Because We're Right about the Euro

David Cameron’s “veto” is nothing so new in EU negotiations; the real problem is it exposes the contradictions of the Euro. ++ Euro nations face an unworkable problem; a single currency needs greater …More

December 11, 2011 | EU's Democratic Deficit Would Jeopardize Any Asia Policy

Jack Bicker: Yes, the EU must engage more with Asian economies on many levels. But one thing that the Eurozone crisis has taught us is that in order to do so effectively, and credibly, the EU must address its biggest obstacle. Namely, the redrawing of the decision making process at home. …More

December 8, 2011 | The Road to a United States of Europe

A fiscal union of Eurozone countries must have strict budget regulations to be accepted by the German electorate. ++ While Germany’s vision of political union was once thwarted, now circumstances compel it to be back on the agenda. ++ …More

December 2, 2011 | European Foreign Policy and the Economic Crisis

A fascinating look at how the Euro crisis will impact EU foreign policy from Richard Youngs, the director of FRIDE in Madrid. Youngs looks at how a “two-speed” Europe could still function with united external relations, and …More

November 28, 2011 | Goodbye to EU Prestige Thinking: Redefining the CSDP

Memo 35: The EU must restructure its Common Security and Defence Policy based on economic and operational realities. It should emphasize narrow, logistically feasible operations over broad outlines, clearly delineate its partnership with NATO, and take a longer term view when developing operational strategies. …More

November 24, 2011 | Who is Angela Merkel?

As Angela Merkel emerges as one of the biggest players in the ongoing Euro saga, opinion is mixed over her leadership qualities. ++ Her life and political career show a politician who is level headed and cautious, but also capable of shrewdly navigating …More

November 23, 2011 | Remember the Real Values of the European Project

Memo 35: With the Eurozone at the center of the global financial crisis, EU leaders are desperately trying to find a workable solution to preserve it. But if they use the imposition of a two-tier system, or other drastic measures, they will save the Eurozone at the expense of the European project as a whole. …More

November 17, 2011 | "Let Europeans Speak Their Own Tongues"

Germany’s push for a more integrated Europe must still include all nations as equals, not as inferiors to be led. ++ Germany benefits from Europe specifically because, as an exporting nation, it is unlike its fellow members. ++ …More

November 9, 2011 | Is the European Far Right a Threat?

José Costa: Following the massacre in Norway on July 22, alarm bells went off about the rising support of the new European far right. But while the incidents in Oslo and Utoya were shocking and brutal, it would be a mistake to see right-wing extremism as more than an isolated and minor threat. …More

November 8, 2011 | Solidarity: The Emptiest Word in Eurospeak

Julian Steven Lindley-French: France and Germany’s past actions expose their current plea for “solidarity” as empty rhetoric. What they really want is more money from the British taxpayer. It will be gladly handed over, but only after they emerge from their Euro fantasy land and take real steps to solve the crisis. (Start with booting Greece.) …More

November 8, 2011 | "Credibility" Gap in Merkozy's Eurozone Strategy

Merkel and Sarkozy’s shifting strategy on the Euro crisis is undermining the credibility of the EU and hurting investment. ++ Suddenly introducing foreign exchange risk to the Eurozone has frightened the very market …More

November 7, 2011 | "Greek Spring" Shows EU Elitism Can Go No Further

Far from being an expression of democracy, the now-scrapped Greek referendum was a power play by the Greek government against its own people. ++ The referendum’s failure highlights how, like in the Arab Spring, Western …More

November 3, 2011 | Say Goodbye to Prestige Thinking: Quit CSDP and Concentrate on NATO

Felix F. Seidler: The EU has proven it is not a credible player in international security; the CSDP is merely a prestige project that has gone nowhere. Despite lower budgets, NATO still has the means to tackle current threats, and EU defense spending should be concentrated there. …More

November 2, 2011 | The UK and the Uncertainties of Energy Security

Christian von Campe: Energy security is a key issue for nearly every industrialized state, and the United Kingdom is no exception. This paper examines energy policy in the UK from a threat perspective, and proposes solutions for ensuring the heavy dependence on a sufficient and secure energy supply is not an Achilles heel. …More

October 28, 2011 | "Europeanizing Europe"

The EU’s inherently weak internal structure is not suited to deal with the current financial crisis and threatens to bring an end to European integration. ++ A collapse of the monetary union would be a death sentence for the EU as a whole. ++ The …More

October 27, 2011 | Eurozone Summit Fails to Address Unemployment

As Eurozone leaders agreed to continue with austerity and forced the banks to write off 50 percent of Greece’s debt, the effect of these measures will hardly be felt by Southern European countries plagued by unemployment. ++ Medium …More

October 26, 2011 | More Productivity, Less Austerity Will Save Europe

The lack of a common fiscal policy is what allowed the Eurozone debacle to occur. ++ Europe has at the same time experienced extremely low levels of growth compared to the US and emerging markets, forcing it to accrue debt to …More

October 24, 2011 | A "Natural" Addition to EU Defense Policy

Daniel Fiott: The European economy is heavily dependent on foreign suppliers for key raw materials, but the EU Common Security and Defence Policy makes no mention of a strategy to ensure the security of these important natural resources. That must change. …More

October 14, 2011 | Bond Insurance Can Save the Eurozone

A state-run EU bond insurance system could provide security for Eurozone creditors without compromising members’ fiscal sovereignty. ++ Nations’ interest rates would still fluctuate according to their financial standing but bonds …More

October 6, 2011 | Where Does Europe's Power Come From?

Chloe Gotterson: European politicians describe the EU as a normative power, but it is better described as a civilian power? This essay contends that it is, and that Europe’s leaders emphasize the normative aspects as a strategic and diplomatic maneuver to increase the soft power of Europe. …More

October 6, 2011 | Ambiguity is Deadly in Eurozone Crisis

The European Union must concretely answer the question of whether member states are jointly responsible for each other’s debts. ++ ‘Kissinger-style’ ambiguity is useful in diplomacy, but dangerous in the market. ++  Politicians …More

October 5, 2011 | The Failure of Soft Power

Judy Dempsey: Europe’s efforts to exert influence on the world through soft power has proven ineffective. To restore Europe’s credibility in the world, Europe must open itself up to trade and immigration, provide more aid to civil society groups in the greater European neighborhood and be more vocal against dictatorial regimes. …More

October 4, 2011 | Security Despite Austerity: Improving Europe's Defense

Memo 34: Europe’s defense sector needs reform. To cut costs and improve capabilities, states should consolidate national priorities to enhance political cooperation, streamline their administrative structures, further integrate their militaries and create an open defense market across the EU. …More

September 30, 2011 | EU Should Tax the Financial Sector

In a time of economic turmoil, the European public finances are under threat and it is time for the financial sector to contribute its fair share. ++ Introducing an EU tax on financial transactions is the key to solving the current deficit …More

September 28, 2011 | Defence Spending in Europe: Can We Do Better Without Spending More?

“The situation of defence capacities in Europe is pretty dire,” concludes Fabio Liberti in his report for the French think tank Notre Europe. “The budgetary crisis that is afflicting member states of the …More

September 28, 2011 | A New Atlanticism

John C. Kornblum: European leaders should propose a new initiative for “crisis dialogue” with a broad agenda for a new Atlanticism. What Americans want is a sense of strategic consensus and a willingness to take political risks in support of joint interests. Open dialogue can lead to new strategic unity. …More

September 26, 2011 | Six Reasons to Save the Euro at All Costs

Soeren Keil: To understand why the members of the Eurozone need to “save” Greece from bankruptcy, it is important to think about the consequences of a possible Greek default. This would not only have an effect on Greece and the Eurozone, but put the entire EU in jeopardy. Saving Greece means saving the Euro and the European Union. …More

September 26, 2011 | Greece and Italy Must Abandon Their Old Ways

Clemens Wergin: Why should German taxpayers be forced to pay for a debt crisis caused by tax evasion and corruption in Greece and Italy? Solidarity is not a one-way street and the German public should expect the Greek and Italian governments to take the blame for the economic mess and initiate much-needed reforms. …More

September 23, 2011 | Why Europe Should Vote 'Yes' on Palestine

Anno Bunnik: On Friday, 193 UN member states formally received Palestine’s request for statehood. This is a bold move with potential to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace, and one that will impact future strategic relations in the Arab world. The UN should vote in favor of accession. …More

September 22, 2011 | Europe Losing Ground

Asle Toje: Recent events in the Middle East have highlighted the EU’s inability to develop a strong common defense and security policy. The EU has the interests and aspirations of a global power, but the capacity and mindset of a mid-level player. Europe needs more cooperation and integration on security and foreign policy. …More

September 19, 2011 | Security Despite Austerity: Europe's Defense

Editorial Team: Drastic cuts to defense spending put Europe’s security at risk. As budgets bend to economic pressure, defense ministries urgently need to reform in order to cut waste, improve capability and maintain security. What can European states do to make defense spending more efficient? …More

September 18, 2011 | Open Markets, Better Arms

Dmitri A Titoff: Without an agreement on a common defense policy, European states are letting market forces play a larger role in shaping their defense industries. Open markets could increase the risk of proliferation, but would also lower arms prices and improve military procurement across European borders. …More

September 17, 2011 | European Defense in an Age of Austerity

Andrew M Dorman: Europe’s inability to agree on fundamental issues - its future, its allies, its foes - is exacerbating the effects of defense spending cuts across continent. European states can stave off decline by maintaining security collectively, but a drawback in their global involvement now looks inevitable. …More

September 16, 2011 | Can Lower Budgets Produce Greater Security Efficiency?

Christopher M Schnaubelt: Disparate political realities among European states will make integration of national forces difficult. But defense ministries can cut costs by streamlining personnel, developing capable reserves, abstaining from new missions and investing in long-term training and education. …More

September 15, 2011 | Beyond Pooling and Sharing: Open Europe's Markets

Robert Helbig: Europe should integrate its national defense capabilities not only in training and deploying troops, but also in research, development and procurement. States must open their national defense markets to increase competition, lower equipment prices and make spending more efficient. …More

September 14, 2011 | Britain Rejects EU Defense Proposal

An EU plan to create a defense-planning headquarters in Brussels has been met with harsh opposition in Britain. ++ As European countries struggle to balance budgets, British politicians see the proposed European project as costly and …More

September 14, 2011 | A Modest Proposal for Pan-European Defense

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: The idea of intra-alliance military specialization in Europe is attractive in theory, but problematic in practice. Instead, officials should pursue a two-tiered pan-European defense force, which would facilitate deployment beyond Europe and improve effeciency using economies of scale. …More

September 14, 2011 | Europe's Choice: Diplomacy or War

Aleksandr Blagin: To improve its collective defense capabilities and reduce wasteful spending, Europe should pursue three paths: refuse expensive overseas expeditions, use diplomatic policy and economic sanctions before using force, and develop new partnerships in conflict-prone regions. …More

September 13, 2011 | The Impact of the Financial Crisis on European Defense

Christian Mölling: Europe’s defense policy has reached a pivotal moment: states can either initiate comprehensive defense sector reform through the EU, or compromise their security long-term. Europe must link its national military capabilities to improve efficiency and stave off collective security decline. …More

September 9, 2011 | Lessons That Smug Europe Should Learn from Asia

Kishore Mahbubani: It has taken Europe’s leaders some time to adjust to Asia’s rise, and the implications of that for EU policymaking. Unrest in the Middle East points to some lessons the Europe could learn from Asia. Kishore Mahbubani remembers Brussels’ condescensions and counsels a fresh EU approach. …More

September 8, 2011 | Full Integration Is Europe's Only Option

With more European countries falling into financial turmoil, it is time the EU took significant steps towards greater political and economic integration. ++ The current European crisis shows that a monetary union cannot function …More

September 2, 2011 | Eurozone Success is Up to Germany

Germany faces a choice in the eurozone crisis: allow the creation of a full-blown debt union, or let the euro fail. ++ Berlin has benefitted hugely from the currency union, with the economic surge of the last decade attributable largely to …More

September 1, 2011 | Challenges for European Defense Budgets after the Economic Crisis

In his paper for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Patrick Keller assesses European defense budgets in the aftermath of the economic crisis.
Dr. Keller’s analysis shows how the …More

August 9, 2011 | Security Despite Austerity: Seeking Your Ideas

Editorial Team: Our latest theme week seeks solutions to Europe’s most pressing security question: in a difficult economic climate, how can European defense ministries get more bang for their buck? We encourage all Atlantic Community members to contribute opinion articles to stimulate this important debate. …More

August 9, 2011 | Corruption Hindering Ukraine-EU Integration

Ukraine possesses massive agricultural and manufacturing potential, and Europe should support Kiev’s movement toward the EU. ++ But the trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, an opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich, …More

July 27, 2011 | After Norway, Europe Must Act on Extremism

When terror struck Oslo on July 22, many immediately suspected the Islamic world. ++ But this attack, like most before it on Norwegian soil, came from a white Nordic man on the far right: “not a Muslim, but a Muslim …More

July 22, 2011 | Europe Must Share the Debt Burden

Thursday’s emergency EU summit created an immediate rescue package for Greece and a sliver of hope for Italy and Spain, but the euro’s stability in the long run depends on the taxpayers. ++ The heavily devalued national bonds of …More

July 19, 2011 | British Attitudes Towards the UK's International Priorities

Chatham House’s second survey in partnership with YouGov tests British thinking about the country’s place in the world and assesses how this thinking may have changed during the coalition government’s first year in …More

July 19, 2011 | EU Crisis: Return to the Language of Truth

Hans F. Bellstedt: Joschka Fischer’s call for “greater European political unification” will not help solve the EU’s ongoing debt crisis. The only way to regain the public’s trust and restore financial markets is strict fiscal austerity as a prerequisite for future sustainable growth. …More

July 18, 2011 | Merkel a "First-Class Passenger on the Titanic"

EU politicians, led by Germany’s Angela Merkel, have been too slow to realize that the eurozone crisis is the fault not of any single state, but of “a monetary union that refuses to be a fiscal union.” ++ …More

July 18, 2011 | Serbia Forges a New European Identity

Elizabeth Pond: After years of resentment aimed at the West, Serbia has developed a distinctly pro-EU stance. The EU model of soft power and prosperity has led Serbia to a turning point in its relations with not only the European institutions, but also its neighbors in the historically turbulent Balkan region. …More

July 14, 2011 | Does Europe Have a Death Wish?

Joschka Fischer: Europeans must forge ahead with the political union now; otherwise the euro and EU integration will be undone. Europe would then lose nearly everything it has gained over a half-century from transcending nationalism. In the light of the emerging new world order, this would be a tragedy. …More

July 7, 2011 | America and Europe Deeply Entwined

Martyn Bond: So deep are the European Union’s ties with the US that it could be thought of as “the 28th member state”. Cooperation is institutionalized in the transatlantic legislators’ dialogue, the transatlantic economic council, business dialogue, the consumer dialogue, innovation dialogue, energy council, the education policy forum etc. …More

July 6, 2011 | Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council member Dean Carroll interviewed the President
of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy about the Arab spring, Poland’s emergence as a serious player, nuclear power and
supporting the spread of …More

July 6, 2011 | What is Wrong with Germany?

Germany’s economy is humming, its exports are at an all time high, and its corporations are among the most dynamic in the world. ++ And yet, Germany finds itself isolated from the global community. It sits on the sidelines while its closest …More

July 6, 2011 | Eastern European Post-Communist Generation: Disconnected and Disaffected

Dawn Turek: What are the dynamics and implications of the Czech Republic’s post-communist generation, disconnected from previous generations and disaffected by the European Union? …More

July 4, 2011 | Poland Sets Optimistic Agenda for EU

As Poland inherits the European Union presidency for the first time, the EU faces some of the biggest challenges in its history. Nevertheless, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs sees this not as a burden, but an opportunity. ++ …More

June 30, 2011 | Greek Austerity Drama

It is still far from clear how the Greek saga will conclude. ++ The adoption of the austerity package sparked riots and sharpened the question of whether “the increasingly rebellious Greek public” is ready to meet the severe cuts. ++ In case of …More

June 30, 2011 | Germany - out of NATO, out of Europe, out of Mind?

Soeren Keil: It seems as if Merkel is more interested in what is good for Germany in the short-term than what is good for the EU and consequently Germany in the long-term. …More

June 29, 2011 | To Save the IMF: Lagarde's To-Do List

The scandalous resignation of the IMF’s managing director Strauss-Kahn and bailouts of European debtor states urge the new IMF head Chistine Lagarde to turn to decisive policy actions. ++ Apart from restoring separation …More

June 27, 2011 | The Geopolitics of Abkhazia's Sovereignty

Vasco Martins: This article proposes four interlinked hypothesis to explain the immense geopolitical benefits of recognizing Abkhazia, while understanding that certain ‘hard-line’ factions within the Russian government might have planned the outcome of the conflict. …More

June 27, 2011 | Libya Could Be a Catalyst for Europe's Security Policy

Wolfgang Ischinger & Timo Noetzel: The Libya crisis is confronting European governments with uncomfortable truths about their military and strategic shortcomings. The crisis could mark a turning point in the EU’s common foreign and security policy. …More

June 24, 2011 | EU: the Union of Shattered Dreams

Greek debt crisis questions the existence of the EU and outlines the instability of a monetary union which is not backed by political and economic unions. ++ “Dismantling of the welfare and redistributive systems” stir populist …More

June 20, 2011 | Don't Let Taliban Negotiations Marginalize Democratic Forces

Heinrich Böll Foundation: Afghan civil society leaders are appealing to parliamentarians demanding transparency in negotiations with the Taliban. They are concerned that these negotiations are leading to the marginalization of democratic forces in their country. …More

June 9, 2011 | Greece: to Pay or not to Pay

Germany’s decision “to ask Greece to offer its debt holders a seven-year term extension” draws more attention to the deep economic, social and political deadlock of the heavily indebted state. ++ Against the background of …More

June 4, 2011 | Turkey's Real Significance for the EU

Fintan Hastings: Ankara has a key role to play both now and in the near future in the military and regional security of the European Union. This comes down to Brussels’ shortcomings in both crisis management and peacekeeping abilities, which can be complimented by its eastern neighbor. …More

June 4, 2011 | EU Needs to Drive Forward the Debate on Climate Change

Vijeta Rattani: The EU was weak at the Cancun Summit last year, but it cannot afford to lose its influence in the climate debate as it is the most credible player to take a lead on the issue. Climate change should be given precedence over other objectives in view of its global implications and greater emphasis should be put on assisting developing countries. …More

May 31, 2011 | "Populist Temptations" Threaten EU Integration

Ongoing political and economic challenges put under pressure the existence of the Schengen travel zone and the euro. ++ Electoral success of populist parties in Finland and the Netherlands, North African refugees, the debt …More

May 24, 2011 | My Big Fat Greek Debt Crisis

The ECB has threatened to refuse Greek banks access to its refinance operations which would most likely force Greece out of the Eurozone. ++ Whether the ECB is bluffing is uncertain and ministers are divided. ++ Merkel is cautious when supporting …More

May 24, 2011 | Europe's Obamaphilia

President Obama is in London to cement what is described as “an essential relationship”. ++ Obama’s European approval ratings lie at 70% and have not changed since he took office despite much of what Europeans disapproved of in the Bush-era remaining as …More

May 20, 2011 | The EU's Eastern Partnership Program and Belarus

Alex Rubin: Despite twenty years of Belarusian independence and shared borders, the EU has thus far failed to make a lasting impact on the Belarusian regime or its population. This study examines the EU’s failed approach to Minsk and contextualizes the issue by including additional factors such as Russian influence and domestic politics. …More

May 12, 2011 | No Ireland is an Island

Calls for a unilateral approach to addressing Ireland’s debt crisis underestimate both the potential gains of the current strategy and the potential costs of acting alone. ++ The Government’s approach is based on a commitment among European …More

May 11, 2011 | Its Time for Greece to Say Goodbye

Greece’s leaders should not settle for any deal that does not allow their country’s economy to grow. ++ When Argentina defaulted and dropped peg to dollar, its economy grew by 63 percent in six years. ++ Since the EU seems determined to …More

May 4, 2011 | The Private Security Sector: A Call to Debate and Regulate

Erik Tropp: The privatization of security entails more than just a shift from public to private provision of security. While much of the debate tends to focus only on the utility of private security companies, the underlying transformations carry deep political consequences for both how we think and do security. …More

May 3, 2011 | Rapprochement on Cruise from Suez to Benghazi

Franco-British estrangement, caused by opposing lessons from 1956 Suez debacle, ended en route to Benghazi . ++ London realizes relationship with Washington is less special, so needs to prove independence to be noticed. ++ UK and …More

April 15, 2011 | Europe Must Share Responsibility for North African Migrants

Laurence McGivern: Recent events in North Africa have led to large numbers of migrants attempting to reach the shores of the European Union. This sudden growth of push factors in the region presents the first real challenge to the increasingly integrated migration policies introduced in the EU following the Tampere Council (1999). …More

April 1, 2011 | "Chancellor Merkel's Shellacking"

Mrs. Merkel should draw the right lessons from the lost state elections and follow her and Germany’s principles and larger interests. ++ “Although NATO has long been the linchpin of Germany’s defense plans, she ostentatiously …More

March 31, 2011 | Goodbye "Normalization"? Germany and its non-intervention in the Libya

Stephan Vormann: Two weeks ago the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 which paved the way for the coalition air strikes against Gaddafi’s forces. For the first time in its history, Germany abandoned both its most important allies, the US and France. Is this the end of an era in German Foreign Policy? …More

March 31, 2011 | Active engagement, not upraised forefinger

Felix F. Seidler: Germany has to leave its abstention approach. Commenting with upraised forefinger causes only further damages on relations its partners. Now Berlin has to engage actively for NATO´s success in Libya. Concrete engagement is the only way to heal alliance solidarity´s wounds. …More

March 24, 2011 | European Split over Libya Hinders No-Fly Zone

The US, UK and France lead the way on the UN mandated no-fly zone over Libya. ++ While motivations may differ, and reservations remain, they recognize the importance of a united Western front - but not Germany. ++ Even if you agree …More

March 24, 2011 | The Disappearing State

Caroline Varin: The uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have highlighted the power of the masses against regimes that have failed to deliver essential public services. Yet instead of looking on in the West, people there should look at how their state is also failing to provide with privatization. …More

March 23, 2011 | The EU's Interventionist Discourse is Hollow

Caroline Varin: Developments in the METAL states (Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) have shown that the EU’s ability to act has changed little – if anything – since the Yugoslav wars. The EU is smothered by incapacity, indecision, and fragmentation. Upcoming EU summits will fail because Europe is still lacking any political imagination as to what must really be done. …More

March 15, 2011 | Nationalism and the European Union

Christian von Campe: European integration presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the concept of nationalism. Modernist theory is able to explain the problems involved but also offers a view on what a European identity could be. …More

February 14, 2011 | The EU as an International Actor: Operation Atalanta

Laurence McGivern: Operation Atalanta is the name given to the current EU military operation around the Horn of Africa, dealing with the Somali crisis. This paper analyzes the change in global perceptions of the military power of the EU by assessing the mission’s impact. …More

January 25, 2011 | The Plight of the Roma Minority Concerns Everyone in Europe

Anamaria Tamas: During communist times, the Roma were socially and economically marginalized in their ‎home countries. However, recent deportations are reinforcing their alienation in Western Europe also. Governments need to invest in social programs and engage in constructive dialogue to ‎foster integration. ‎ …More

January 21, 2011 | Germany: Moving Beyond Cold War Perceptions

John Paul Jarrard: Kissinger’s observation that “Germany is too big for Europe yet too small for the world” made sense in the past when military might dictated world standing. Yet, today this view has been made redundant as international institutions and trade dictate power distribution. …More

January 21, 2011 | The Reality of Future EU-Bosnian Relations

Ben Wells: Western liberal internationalists have long promoted unity and shunned separatism in Bosnia, yet an impasse still remains. The prospect of distant EU membership acts as a stabilizing force. Yet, voting power is vested in the hands of the people and the emphasis should be on promoting civil society rather than a ‘Western’ projection of how Bosnia should work. …More

January 14, 2011 | Germany Pushing for Religious Freedom in Muslim World

Ulf Gartzke: Berlin is focusing on “value-based foreign policy” - the promotion of religious freedom. Three key areas where religious freedom is currently under attack have been identified: The right to publicly practice one’s faith and to change one’s religion as well as attempts by a number of Muslim countries to anchor the “protection of religion” in international law. …More

January 13, 2011 | Europe and China: Weapons for Investment?

Editorial Team: EU countries mired in debt are getting help from an unlikely source: China. The ascendant superpower is buying up large amounts of European bonds and investing heavily in euro zone countries. Moreover, there is talk of a reversal of the long standing EU arms embargo on China. Is this all a coincidence? …More

December 15, 2010 | Why Britain's Student Protests Turned Ugly

Student protests in the UK last week were marked by increasing levels of violence. ++ Students dislike being told to tighten their belts by an older generation that enjoyed free tuition and now looks forward to secure retirement. ++ …More

November 16, 2010 | Policy Workshop: Improving Russian-Western Relations

Editorial Team: This week we focus on Russia, specifically on what Germany can do to improve Russian-Western relations. As part of our student competition sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Germany, we are publishing six short-listed articles. …More

November 3, 2010 | The Future Pillars of Europe: EU, Russia, and Turkey

Lord Ismay, NATO’S first General Secretary, once said that the goal of the alliance was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” In today’s multipolar word, he would …More

October 22, 2010 | New Rules Needed for a Multipolar Europe

1990s dreams of a unipolar European Order have failed, as hopes of a post-modern system without a balance of power have proven to be untrue. ++ Russia calls openly for a new security architecture. ++ Frustrated with EU membership talks, …More

October 13, 2010 | Europe Must Get Inside the Mind of the Dragon

May-Britt Ulrike Stumbaum: The EU cooperates with China on a wide range of issues, despite having an insufficient understanding of Beijing’s strategic goals. As Chinese influence around the world grows, the EU needs to start thinking about China strategically. …More

October 8, 2010 | "Power Women" Will Lead a Way Out of the Crisis

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States is the most powerful woman in the world in 2010, according to Forbes magazine’s “2010 Power Women” survey. ++ In a controversial, yet influential ranking …More

October 7, 2010 | Future Challenges for NATO: An Interview with Kori Schake

Jorge Benitez: Looming downward pressure on defense budgets could actually bring NATO member states closer together in appreciation of the value of joint defense. Greater Anglo-German cooperation should also be on the cards. …More

September 30, 2010 | EU: Row in Brussels

The new EU President has pushed the European Commission to the sidelines in the debate of late. ++ Van Rompuy has been placing greater emphasis on the EU’s inter-governmental aspects vs. its supranational characteristics by calling one summit after …More

September 27, 2010 | Facing Immigration: A Comparative Evaluation of Integration Approaches

Eva Maria Krockow: European approaches towards the integration of immigrants have resulted in inter-cultural clashes. More flexible strategies based on mutual respect whilst upholding a national leading culture are necessary for successful integration. …More

September 24, 2010 | Russia is Less Important than the Czech Republic

Although some have suggested Russia join NATO, Moscow’s old diplomatic goal of thwarting the Western Alliance remains. ++ The EU needs to become clear about how serious it is regarding its “modernization …More

September 22, 2010 | The Swedish Election - the End of a Socialist Dream?

The reelection of the Swedish center-right government reveals an underlying dynamic affecting socialist parties in Europe. ++ Expectations ran high that the economic turmoil would strengthen the cause of the political left, …More

September 21, 2010 | After the Referendum: Turkey Headed Toward EU Membership

Paul-Robert Lookman: In last week’s referendum, a clear majority of Turkish voters accepted 26 reform proposals to improve democratic rule in Turkey. With a solution of the Kurd and Cyprus issues, this paves the way for Turkey to join the EU. This development should be applauded. …More

September 14, 2010 | French Gypsy Hunt Sign of New Nationalism in Europe

Russians today are sympathetic to the French move to expel the gypsies. ++ “Being a nationalist is fashionable now, even though it was considered inappropriate behavior for a decent fellow not that long ago.” ++ …More

September 10, 2010 | European Finance: Three Musketeers to the Rescue?

Last Tuesday, Europe’s finance ministers bestowed upon three offices the heavy charge “of defending the integrity of the European financial system, much like the Queen’s three musketeers.” ++ A fourth …More

September 6, 2010 | Srebrenica Haunts Balkans 15 Years Later

Sabine Woelkner: 15 years after Srebrenica, the massacre still haunts the Balkan countries and illustrates just how deep the divisions are to this day. The nationalist sentiment apparent in the run-up to the October 3 elections in Bosnia-Herzegovinia shows how direly a reconicilation is needed. …More

August 30, 2010 | NATO 2020: Downsizing Instead of Reshaping

Ari Rusila: Rather than providing for collective defense, today’s Alliance is invited to join American wars. Instead of scribbling a new Strategic Concept for NATO that will preserve the dominant position of the US, it might be wiser for European states to develop a New Security Structure within the EU to replace the Cold War relic. …More

August 27, 2010 | The Security Question French Style

Two ways of thinking on fighting crime are emerging in France. ++ While the one group seeks salvation in security technologies and tougher sanctions, the other “fears the advent of Big Brother.” ++ However, “there are no …More

August 23, 2010 | Russia's Police: Western Cinema to the Rescue

Only rarely does Russia witness open discord within the ruling party, as it does now over the President’s decision to rename the despised Russian “miliz.” ++ Policemen are derogatively but popularly referred to …More

August 5, 2010 | Whither EU-US Relations?

Lukas Linsi and Mustafa Kutlay: It is quite clear that US-EU relations are far from being satisfactory. More worrying than the cooling down of transatlantic relations in itself, however, is the fact that it is the result of an absence of clear vision and political will on both sides of the Atlantic. …More

July 29, 2010 | Europe's Vision Deficit

Guy Sorman: Governments throughout Western Europe are suffering from a dearth of popular support. Leaders from the left, right and center of the political spectrum have all seen drops in approval ratings. They have proven themselves incapable of explaining the economic crisis to their citizens and lack vision. …More

July 28, 2010 | EU Tries to Get Iran to Talk

With new sanctions in place, the European Union is attempting to get Iran back to the table for talks on its nuclear program. ++ “A new diplomatic window of opportunity” is opening at the end of Ramadan, as EU High Representative Catherine Ashton …More

July 20, 2010 | The Special Relationship is No Longer So Special

David Cameron’s first visit to the White House will be accompanied by the usual pomp and circumstance, but the special relationship between the UK and the US is devoid of any real substance. ++ Obama and Cameron do not …More

July 19, 2010 | Spain Worried About Cuba's Intentions

With nine newly released political prisoners arriving from Havana today, Spain is now “obliged to try to get the EU to change its policy towards Cuba following this gesture.” ++ The question remains whether the prisoners are …More

July 15, 2010 | Socialists of France and Germany - Unite!

Conservative governments across Europe are implementing austerity programs that “are creating the conditions for a recession across the continent.” ++ The absence of any type of coherent plan for exiting the crisis has …More

July 14, 2010 | EU Finance: France Gets to Tell Germany Off

The finance ministers of the euro zone “sentenced” French Minister Lagarde to pass a verdict on Germany’s economic course. ++ While it is customary that one EU country assess the economic policy of another, this …More

July 7, 2010 | The European Faithful

The European Union has forged a peculiar type of bureaucracy. ++ Eurocrats are a class of true believers who see their role in furthering European integration as not merely a job but a divine calling. ++ As the defenders of a greater ideal against the …More

June 25, 2010 | Towards a EU Peacebuilding Strategy?

Christian Mölling and Claudia Major : If the EU is to play a role as an actor in international peacebuilding, a peacebuilding strategy should be developed to guide the set-up of the EU External Action Service. The expertise of individuals already working in this realm within the EU bureaucracy needs to be drawn upon. …More

June 24, 2010 | EU Foreign Service: Bureaucracy Playing Games

The proposed elimination of the posts of EU representatives to Moldova and the South Caucasus reveals what intrigues are spun by the Union’s locomotives – Germany, France, and Great Britain. ++ They seek to expand …More

June 23, 2010 | Draft is Institutionalized Slavery in Russia

The Russian Army is fighting its record of abuse and lack of finances in vein. ++ The Army will not become professional, because there is no money to make professional service attractive. ++ “The present regime’s priority …More

June 23, 2010 | Germany - Yes You Can

Russell Miller: Joachim Gauck should be elected Germany’s next President. These turbulent times are precisely the moment when Germans need the steadying hand and inspirational vision of a good President. Gauck embodies competence and vision in leadership. …More

June 18, 2010 | Catholic Church Could Use Miss Manners

The affair surrounding Bishop Mixa clearly demonstrates that the Catholic Church is far too preoccupied with its own internal problems. ++ “Things do not look good for the Catholic Church in Germany.” ++ Scandal has become the …More

June 17, 2010 | Only German Soccer Can Save Merkel's Coalition

The German soccer team is Chancellor Merkel’s last great hope for salvaging the political fortunes of her coalition government. ++ Only if the German team wins the world cup, “the whole country will party …More

June 17, 2010 | Burqa Debate in Spain Misses Point

The Spanish government is finally facing up to demands to outlaw the burqa in public places. ++ “Only a calm debate… is capable of shedding light on a subject that doubtlessly is a cause of concern to our citizens.” ++ …More

June 16, 2010 | The Absurdities of German Foreign and Security Policy

Stephan Vormann: The highly popular but rather hapless German Federal President Horst Köhler has left office. The events that led to Mr Köhler’s resignation shed considerable light on Germany’s unfinished ‘normalisation’ of its foreign and security policy. …More

June 11, 2010 | Germans Growing Allergic to Berlin

Talk in Germany these days revolves around one topic: “political Berlin.” ++ One late night crisis meeting after the other has led the “ungrateful burgher” to disparage what he considers “a detached coterie of …More

June 10, 2010 | Innovation is the Name of the Game: Even in Russia

It is no coincidence that the US targets 13% of its stimulus package at innovation. ++ Such tactics help the West, especially the US and Europe, “to fortify their domination of the world.” ++ Russia spends only 2% …More

June 9, 2010 | Climate Policy Post-Copenhagen: A Three-Level Strategy for Success

Dirk Messner et al.: Germany needs to revitalise the multilateral climate process. Policy makers and civil society in Europe must take on a self-confident leading role in global alliances with selected ‘climate pioneer’ countries. Civil society initatives deserve greater support. …More

June 9, 2010 | Crowdsourcing the British

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer is calling on the public to help decide what costs to cut in an effort to rein in government spending. ++ George Osborne “wants unprecedented engagement from trade unions, charities, other groups and …More

June 8, 2010 | EU Public Debt: Not Out of the Woods Yet

Europe needs sustainable productivity growth and above all job creation in order to leave the public debt crisis behind it. ++ A reduction of public debt levels is absolutely imperative. ++ “While it is true that appeals for fiscal …More

June 7, 2010 | Please Be Polite, Politicians!

Name-calling does not solve political problems in Britain. Teamwork and politeness lead to better results. ++ “Westminster nastiness was weird … [and] put normal people off politics.” ++ The new coalition honeymoon has led …More

June 7, 2010 | Asylum Policy as Laid Down in the Stockholm Programme: a Dead-End?

Claire Schaepelynck : The Stockholm Programme appears to place human rights protection right at the heart of the European agenda. However, much is left to individual member states. Hence, the hoped-for improvement on the asylum issue may fail to materialize. …More

June 2, 2010 | Double Standards in Russians' Right to Free Assembly

Russian authorities dispersed an opposition rally in defense of the right to free assembly in Moscow yesterday. ++ Ironically, the protest meeting had been inspired by recent remarks of Premier Putin, which “many …More

June 1, 2010 | Red Herrings in Eurozone Recovery Efforts

The economic crisis continues to grip the continent, yet instead of pursuing “a strategy based on growth and a credible fiscal adjustment plan,” eurozone governments have chosen to blame speculators and promote unreasonable …More

May 31, 2010 | British Awakening

For those about to despair of the British, there is hope: the new British government is recalling those Labor measures that led to “the paradox result” of limiting personal freedoms without “making any headway in the realm of security.” …More

May 31, 2010 | Europe Needs to Get Its Act Together

The financial crisis demonstrated that European leadership is virtually nonexistant; only the actions of individual states like Germany, France, and the UK prevented a complete catastrophe. ++ It is “absolutely essential to foresake the …More

May 25, 2010 | Taming the European Monster

“There is only one way out of the euro crisis: The euro-zone countries must regain the confidence of the financial markets. But that is only possible if they clean up their budgets.” ++ Unregulated financial markets pose the single …More

May 24, 2010 | Belgian Political Stability and its Implications for the US Economy

Paul Pass: In spite of the present media attention to the economic problems in Greece, a problem is brewing in the heart of Europe that European and American policymakers would be ill-advised to ignore. The possible break-up of the Belgian state might have severe repercussions on the stability of the European Union and negatively affect the US economy as well. For the sake of future transatlantic relations, the US and Europe should pay close attention to the developments in Brussels. …More

May 19, 2010 | The European Dream is at its End

The crisis in Europe represents not just a threat to continent’s economic union, but also could signal the downfall of the European “Idea” which includes international cooperation and an international legal order. ++ “If …More

May 18, 2010 | A New Concept for Reshaping EU-US Relations

Nicole Gnesotto: The combined power of the two partners, together accounting for more than half of the world’s wealth, and the interdependence of their economies in the current crisis necesitate closer Euro-American cooperation. The stage has theoretically been set for the renewal and further development of a strong partnership between Europe and the United States. …More

May 13, 2010 | The Burqa Ban - Motiviations, Justifications and Likely Consequences

Eva Maria Krockow: The recent trend of burqa ban is guided by Islamophobia and is counter-productive with regards to the peaceful integration of Muslim immigrants. …More

May 12, 2010 | HOT ISSUE: Britain's New Government

Editorial Team: The British election has brought yet another coalition government to power in Europe. For Britain, however, it is the first such government since 1945. Some observers see great hope in Mr. Cameron’s rise to power as one of the youngest Prime Ministers ever. Others fear that he faces overwhelming odds and the internal mechanisms of a coalition government could well bring about his downfall as swiftly as his rise. What are the chances of Mr. Cameron’s government succeeding? …More

May 12, 2010 | Large Oversights in European Bailout

There was an important oversight in the €1 Trillion bailout designed to rescue the European economy and end speculation against the euro, namely the failure to hold creditors responsible. ++ “ The fact that the creditors to Greece …More

May 11, 2010 | Asylum and Human Rights: France and the Shocking Treatment of Minors

Claire Schaepelynck: International human rights standards are harmonized at the European Union Level and then implemented in Member States. Nevertheless, those standards are not necessarily respected and France should review its position and its legislation regarding the treatment of children asylum seekers. …More

May 11, 2010 | Ending the Deadlock in Britain

“You can count on chaos when a country still has an electoral system premised on just two parties even though two-party politics has broken down.” ++ The recent elections saw the Labor and Conservative parties garner only sixty-five …More

May 10, 2010 | What Will it Take to Hold the Eurozone Together

EU leaders must do whatever it takes to save the eurozone because the newly founded European Stability Fund may fall short. ++ “The reforms, desirable as they may be, are probably too late.”++ And what is taking so …More

May 6, 2010 | Creating a Sense of Community

Amitai Etzioni: The current crisis in Europe has led many to call for building stronger shared economic institutions and stronger EU governance. Actually what is missing most is a demos, a true sense of community. Binding EU-wide referendums on the same day in all the member states on issues of great importance are needed. …More

May 6, 2010 | What Impact Will the UK Elections Have?

Catriona Hanks: The hot issue in the UK elections is the economy. But let us not forget that there are a whole host of significant other issues like UK foreign policy for the next five years. …More

April 28, 2010 | Germany's Hesitation Made the Greek Crisis Worse

“Both Greece’s calculation errors and the diva-like reluctance of the German government to help Athens are nothing more than an invitation to speculators to bet on the demise of the southern European country.”++ When Germany …More

April 26, 2010 | EU Should Have Veto Power in Athens

Hans F. Bellstedt: A high EU official should be installed in Athens as a state commissioner with the power to veto spending plans that do not comply with EU and IMF standards. Greece should enjoy a set of austere rules, similar to those having been imposed by the IMF on Argentina or Turkey when they were in financial trouble. …More

April 21, 2010 | In Europe the Old Politics of Fear are New Again

“Radical Populism—anti-Muslim in Western Europe, anti-Jewish in Eastern Europe, and anti-foreigner and anti-immigrant rhetoric everywhere—is no longer fringe politics.” ++ Large victories for the openly …More

April 20, 2010 | Germany Won't Let Greece Be the Next Lehman Bros

The collapse of Greece’s financial system would be as detrimental as that of a major bank. ++ Germany ultimately benefits from a stable euro-zone. ++ Germany has said that it supports assistance to Greece as a last …More

April 19, 2010 | Aftermath of the Volcanic Eruption

Over 6 million travelers have been disrupted, and airlines are losing  US$200 million a day from airports being closed as a result of Iceland’s volcanic eruption. ++ These losses have undermined airlines as they try to rebound …More

April 12, 2010 | What's Next for Poland?

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: In all its sadness, the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of many distinguished Poles in Smolensk can open new opportunities for Polish-Russian reconciliation, a less politicized presidential campaign in Poland, and a renewed sense of unity and common purpose. …More

April 2, 2010 | No "Special Relationship" Between UK and US

The myth of Britain’s “special relationship” with the US has finally been exposed. ++ Nowadays, the term conjures up images of a United Kingdom subservient to the wishes of Washington and is highly damaging to the reputation and …More

April 2, 2010 | Renewing the Oldest Atlantic Alliance

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made it clear in 2007 that he was “A friend of America,” as he sought to repair damage to a transatlantic relationship that has deteriorated as a result of the Iraq war. ++ More recently, Sarkozy has …More

April 1, 2010 | The United Financial States of Europe

The Greek crisis proves that a “halfway Europe” is not sustainable. ++ The implementation of the euro without any integrated economic framework was naïve. ++ Gaps among the EU member states were supposed to narrow thanks to both …More

March 29, 2010 | EU Energy Policy is on Faulty Ground

Jakob Schirmer: Last week new EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced that the Nabucco pipeline will not be ready until 2018. The day after, he revised his opinion to 2014. What happened and what does this tell us about Oettinger’s plans? EU Energy Policy needs to be more open and honest. …More

March 29, 2010 | The "German Question" for the 21st Century

The “German Question” has returned, only this time the concern is not over an aggressive, expansionist state in the heart of Europe, but of an introverted power overly concerned with its own self-interest. ++ Chancellor Merkel’s …More

March 24, 2010 | Eurozone Seeks a Leader: Merkel Says "Nein Danke"

“The European Union has been unable to deliver because Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Europe’s biggest, richest country, has been unwilling to lead.” ++ Greece has adopted tough new austerity measures designed to …More

March 22, 2010 | Germany also to Blame for Eurozone Crisis

Germany is not completely blameless for the current economic crisis affecting Europe, and the austerity policies it proposes for the weak economies on the periphery of the eurozone are unsustainable. ++ “A fundamental problem of the …More

March 19, 2010 | Obama Distancing Friends, Courting Enemies

President Obama thus far has failed to strengthen relationships with historic allies, focusing instead on a fruitless search for improved relations with adversaries. ++ “This administration pays lip-service to ‘multilateralism,’ …More

March 18, 2010 | German Aid Leaves Much to Be Desired

Germany has failed to keep its aid pledges to developing countries. ++ It has fallen short of both EU and UN aid requirements. ++ “In the international community, Germans are now seen as masters of the empty promise.” ++ Aid in Germany is …More

March 17, 2010 | Pointless Endless EU Administration

The current EU diplomatic service is a total waste of time and money: it is multiplying decision-levels and expenses endlessly. ++ “Diplomacy is not all evasive waffle, and sometimes you must take a stand.” ++ Developing …More

March 17, 2010 | Brown is Not Such a Long Shot After All

David Cameron of Britain’s Conservative Party seems like the favorite to win May’s general election, but that assumption is no longer a given. ++ Poll numbers between Cameron and Brown are narrowing, which could lead to the “Truman …More

March 15, 2010 | Kosovo Beyond Nationalism

Stefan G. Ducich: More than ten years after Operation Allied Force, there is no durable peace in Kosovo. The global community, and the EU in particular, has the responsibility and the influence to usher in a system of governance and accountability, whereby the entire Kosovar populace – regardless of ethnic back …More

March 11, 2010 | Ten Suggestions for Strengthening Transatlantic Ties

The United States and Europe urgently need to reconsider their relationship. There is room for redefining and improving the nature of relations across the Atlantic. Both the United States and Europe should make use of …More

March 11, 2010 | European Economic Government Wanted

What used to be inconceivable, is today desirable and even essential. ++ As mentioned by the President of the EU, a European economic government should be the centre of all the EU efforts and attention for three reasons. ++ First, the …More

March 9, 2010 | Better Late than Never: Time for Russia to Join NATO

The time has finally come to invite Russia to join NATO. ++ “Trans-Atlantic security needs have changed fundamentally in the last two decades. The East-West confrontation has ended, and Moscow now shares many …More

March 5, 2010 | Climate Change Leaves Europe Out in the Cold

The EU, despite its historical role as the leader on climate negotiations, lacked any concrete influence at the failed Copenhagen conference. ++ “If the US and China don’t play ball, where does that leave Europe?” ++ A frigid …More

March 5, 2010 | Is Europe Better Safe than Sorry?

The pacification of Europe, the great geo-political feat of the 20th century, has left the continent neutered and incapable of projecting sufficient hard power. ++ A risk-averse Europe that relies too heavily on soft power as a means of …More

March 4, 2010 | France Cozies Up to Russia

Last Monday, Head of State Sarkozy hosted Russian President Medvedev in order to seal the biggest arms sale ever from a NATO country to Russia. ++ In return, France increases its dependence on Gazprom pipelines, undermining all prior American and …More

March 4, 2010 | Helping Greece: Reason Over Wrath

The Greek deficit revealed two major flaws in the European integration machine: firstly the sheer absence of a budget deficit watchdog and secondly the lack of either support or sanction if one member state eventually goes bankrupt. ++ …More

March 2, 2010 | Europe Adrift

“An inward-focused continent in danger of being left behind.” ++ Europe will be doomed to irrelevancy unless it corrects its geo-political approach in three strategic areas: Islam, Asia, and the transatlantic partnership. ++ By showing “moral cowardice” on the …More

March 1, 2010 | To Be Green or Not to Be Green? Biofuels in Question

According to a report from the British government, “using fossil fuel in vehicles is better for the environment than so-called green fuels made from crops.” ++ Firstly, because clearing rainforests for biofuel plantations …More

February 25, 2010 | Denmark Shows How to Get Support for Afghanistan

While European support to NATO’s strategy in Afghanistan is progressively being undermined, Denmark stands out by maintaining a supportive public opinion in spite of heavy casualties. ++ The Danish government unveils the …More

February 24, 2010 | Spain's War in Afghanistan

Ed Burke: Spain cannot avoid the incoming fight in its Area of Responsibility in Afghanistan and should resource the mission properly. The Spanish responsibility to link the southern and western parts of Afghanistan to the north remains essential in the fight against the insurgency. …More

February 23, 2010 | Afghanistan is the Straw that Broke Holland's Back

The Dutch gov’t. has unraveled over how to proceed in Afghanistan. ++ PM Jan Peter Balkenende was hoping to find a compromise between a promise to the Dutch people of troop withdrawal by the end of 2010 and American …More

February 18, 2010 | Why Bailing Out Greece is Not Debatable

Unlike the US, the EU is not a federal union and therefore cannot afford to bail out one of its members. ++ Comming to the aid of individual members of the currency union is simply forbidden. ++ The ongoing debate about the possible Greek …More

February 17, 2010 | The Euro's Final Countdown?

Sylvester Eijffinger and Edin Mujagic: The euro is currently dividing the euro zone more than uniting it. The “One size fits all” policy increased tensions both internally with inflation and externally as a rebuffed currency. The 10 year-old euro is far from holding its promises. …More

February 15, 2010 | Eurozone: One Size Does Not Fit All

Spanish and Greek deficits are a godsend for advocators of fiscal discipline. ++ This is just one aspect of the problem. ++ European elites are being blamed for ignoring signs that proved Europe was not ready for one currency. ++ The …More

February 12, 2010 | EU Needs to Rethink CSDP Missions

The over 20 operations and missions conducted up to present within the framework of the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) have had mixed results, both for civilian and military operations. While some missions like …More

February 12, 2010 | Is Greece the New Lehman Brothers?

Joerg Wolf: How should the euro zone members deal with the PIIGS? Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain have big budget deficits and other economic problems that lead to speculation against the euro. How serious is it? What should be done? …More

February 12, 2010 | Eastern Europe Needs the Euro

The global financial crisis has had severe repercussions in the new Eastern European EU-member states, as well as in the three former Soviet Republics of Belorussia, Ukraine, and Moldavia. The following lessons can be drawn from the manner in which …More

February 11, 2010 | Heating-up the Cold War Partnership

Ukraine’s new President Yanukovych may be a “twice-convicted felon” and sponsored by Moscow this is still good news for Ukraine. ++ After the disastrous mandate of the Orange revolution’s leader Yushcheko, an improvement in Ukraine-Russia …More

February 10, 2010 | Time for the EU to Work with Russia

Cortnie Shupe: Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the West has failed to incorporate the Russian Federation into security institutions in Europe. The EU’s soft power security challenges confront the Russian hard security agenda regarding Eastern Europe. Three political moves could reverse that trend. …More

February 10, 2010 | Spain is the Weakest Link in the G-20

The Spanish gov’t. is doing damage control to combat the belief that the country is holding back the rest of the eurozone. ++ Spain is the only G-20 country still to be in a recession as of the 4th quarter of 2009. ++ “The …More

February 5, 2010 | Iraq Inquiry Threatens Blair's Legacy

The results of Britain’s inquiry into the legitimacy of the Iraq War threatens to tarnish Tony Blair’s legacy. ++ Evidence suggests that Blair agreed to commit troops to Bush’s war “no matter what happened”. …More

February 5, 2010 | Europe is More than the EU

Heinrich Bonnenberg: A broader definition of ‘Europe’ needs to be developed if it is to be competitive against other dynamic regions. For Europe to come together, a new identity based on past, present, and future values needs to be developed. In so doing, Europe will not only overcome divisions and prejudices, but it will also establish itself as a strong international competitor. …More

February 5, 2010 | Term Two is an Uphill Battle for Merkel

After the first 100 days of her second term, Angela Merkel is receiving poor reviews from both the German public and the media. ++ The new “political dream team” of the Christian Democrats and the Free Democrats is quickly …More

February 1, 2010 | 3 Step Survival Kit for the Eurozone

The EU will bail out one of its fellow members for the first time in its 11 year-long honeymoon with the euro. ++ After Greece and Portugal, Spain is likely to ask for support as well. ++ What should be done in order to prevent the eurozone …More

January 28, 2010 | To Ban or Not to Ban the Burqa? That is the Question

It is a violation of human rights when a government either mandates or prohibits women from wearing a burqa or niqab. ++ The government in France is trying to do just that by making it illegal for women to wear the …More

January 26, 2010 | The EU Playing Russian Roulette

At wintertime, the relentless Russian blackmail over energy, especially gas, starts all over again. ++ The European Union should ensure warmer relations with Russia in more fields other than gas to ease up tension. ++ European efforts are being …More

January 20, 2010 | The EU Should not Ignore Serbia

Joschka Fischer: Europeans may be too tired and divided to play a significant role in world politics, which could have dire consequences for Europe in this time of global realignment. But even if Europe abdicates its global role, the EU cannot forget about order within its immediate neighborhood. The Balkans are a part of Europe, and Europeans must solve the region’s problems. …More

January 15, 2010 | Parental Leave in Europe

Caroline Hammargren: In Europe, traditional gender roles have changed considerably over the last 50 years: the majority of women have entered the workforce and men have started taking part in child-rearing. Yet, paternity leave has not followed the modernization and domestication of European fathers and is not up to date with men’s new role in society. …More

January 14, 2010 | Think Tanks Shape EU Policy

Pavol Demes: Practical “thinkers” are among the most effective private actors contributing to the EU policy debate. Having a variety of backgrounds, they have the advantage of developing practical policy suggestions. Most importantly, think tanks are helping the EU to critically rethink its own development as well as its relationship to the international order. …More

January 14, 2010 | Mending Rifts With Tel Aviv

2009 went from bad to worse in terms of EU-Israeli political relations, but the new Spanish presidency offers a chance to shift gears. ++ The new policy-makers and commissioners within the European Union can learn a lot from the 30 year record of …More

January 13, 2010 | EU Diplomacy Acts Tough But Talks Soft, Again

As Baroness Ashton, the brand new face of EU foreign policy, is auditioned by the European parliament, scepticism prevails. ++ The new head of European diplomacy is neither convincing nor federating. ++ Silence remains over hot …More

January 11, 2010 | Designing Financial Sustainability

The United States and the European Union are establishing a series of new tools for ensuring financial control and preventing new financial crises. The EU is setting up a European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) for macroprudential control and a …More

January 11, 2010 | Europe: Quality Instead of Quantity

The European Union is set to lose 50 million inhabitants by 2050, which is equal to the populations of Greece and Poland combined. Not only does Europe’s population persistently decrease, it continues to age as well. Europe’s …More

December 21, 2009 | "Europe's Rising Global Role"

Global governance structures need to be revisited to ensure they work for people everywhere. ++ Multi-lateral engagement is necessary to address major international issues like climate change, which – aside from the environmental …More

December 16, 2009 | Europe: Nice Location, Shame About the Neighbours

Nick Witney: Europe’s biggest challenge in coming decades is how it will get along with the Islamic world. Europe needs to shake off its habitual passivity on the Palestinian issue as European security is inextricably bound up with finding and maintaining a modus vivendi with the Muslim world. …More

December 11, 2009 | EU Rhetoric and Minority Rights Conditionality

Claire Loucks: Minority rights rhetoric adopted by the EU throughout the 1990s was inconsistently applied with an insistence upon protections in Central and Eastern Europe as part of membership criteria, which was not matched by an internal application of such demands. …More

December 8, 2009 | A Big Fat Greek Financial Wedding

C. Fahrholz & A. Kern: Greece’s stated intent of selling treasury bonds solely to foreign investors, as a means to push through fiscal reforms, could result in a full-blown drama, at the expense of European taxpayers. Greece is taking this bet, under the assumption that the IMF and the Euro area will come to its rescue. …More

December 8, 2009 | What the EU Can Learn from NATO

Olaf Theiler: The EU should draw on NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program, as an example of a successful framework to be adopted for aspiring member states in the Balkans. If implemented as part of an extended offer, this framework could link ESDP with Neighborhood Policy, thereby creating incentives for cooperation. …More

December 8, 2009 | "Europe's Minaret Moment"

While it is not a member, Switzerland’s “Minaret Moment” could have happened anywhere within the EU, as several member states are moving in a similar direction. ++ If the Lisbon Treaty is the greatest success, then the non-integration of the …More

December 4, 2009 | Swiss Minaret Ban Threatens Freedom of Religion and Diversity

Caroline Hammargren: The Swiss voted for a ban on the construction of minarets, which, under their system of direct democracy, is binding. The result of this referendum is an infringement on the freedom of religion and it is contrary to the liberal idea of protecting cultural plurality. …More

December 4, 2009 | Frankenstein's Monster and the Law of the Eternal Compromise

André Budick: The EU is often criticized for its apparent deficit in formulating a coherent foreign and security policy. Yet, that ‘deficit’ really lies at the heart of the EU’s identity as a transnational entity, outside the norms of conventional thinking on International Relations. …More

December 2, 2009 | The European Rescue of the National Interest

Asle Toje & Barbara Kunz: EU members are uploading the idealistic elements of their foreign policies in order to free up resources to pursue national-interest driven objectives. Although EU members are eager to sign visionary declarations, they are not willing to match that enthusiasm in terms of spending. Amidst a global economic crisis, the national interest once more prevails. …More

November 25, 2009 | Countdown to UK Election 2010

There is a very real danger of the 2010 British election resulting in a ‘hung’ parliament, the worst possible result. ++ “This reflects the British desire for a Goldilocks government – not too strong and not too weak, but just …More

November 20, 2009 | Blandness Dominates EU Agenda

The final selection of Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Catherine Ashton in the two major EU positions created by the Lisbon Treaty couldn’t be blander. ++ The need to please everyone has again stunted Europe’s standing and led to appointments of …More

November 20, 2009 | What Do You Think of the EU's New Leaders?

Editorial Team: After weeks of debate, the current Belgian prime minister and the EU trade commissioner were chosen for the top positions created under the Lisbon Treaty. Therefore, we would like to invite our members to discuss these appointments. …More

November 18, 2009 | Mistral Malaise

France and Russia are finalizing the sale of an amphibious assault ship, which should catch the attention of every NATO ally. ++ With a ship like the Mistral, Russia’s August campaign against Georgia could have been accomplished in “40 minutes, not 26 …More

November 16, 2009 | Vike-Freiberga For President of the European Council

Caroline Hammargren: Former Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga’s candidacy should be carefully considered at the summit being held tomorrow to decide on the new EU top appointments, as her international and multilingual background make her an appropriate choice for President of the European Council. …More

November 13, 2009 | A New Chapter for Europe

The celebrations to mark the fall of the Berlin wall were faultless but talk soon turned to who should take up the high positions created by the Lisbon Treaty. ++ “Personalities matter [as we have] the possibility of creating a Europe that acts …More

November 12, 2009 | Berlin and Washington Disagree on Russia Policy

From arms reduction to Afghanistan to Iran, it is in Washington’s best interest to ensure cooperation with Moscow on a wide range of issues. Policy-makers in Washington now have to choose between different options for dealing with …More

November 12, 2009 | Border Dramas: Europe's Shared Responbility

Since the enforcement of Europe’s common migration policy in the early nineties, corpses have washed up on the Mediterranean shores on a daily basis. ++ Although the Mediterranean countries may be doing the “dirty work”, other EU …More

November 10, 2009 | Great Speeches Full of Empty Promises?

Editorial Team : Following the gathering of world leaders at the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall yesterday, we would like to invite our members to discuss the content of their speeches. Do these leaders have the political capital, resources and willingness to live up to their promises? …More

November 10, 2009 | The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Focus on the Positives

Many of the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall focus on unsolved problems and take much of the past two decades as a foregone conclusion. ++ However, 20 years ago a united …More

November 4, 2009 | Angela Merkel is Europe's Quiet Leader

Anne Applebaum: The international community is not worried that Germany is heading towards a Fourth Reich because Angela Merkel is at the helm. It is the Chancellor’s dull-pragmatism, her “anti-Obama” demeanor, which has allowed her to quietly increase Berlin’s influence, while being roundly applauded. …More

November 2, 2009 | Europe Needs To Liberalize its Gas Market Now!

Ivan Kalburov: Instead of paying both the economic and political cost for huge infrastructure projects the EU should liberalize its gas markets. By creating a community regulatory agency for imports, exports and national transport networks the EU would greatly enhance its energy security and international standing. …More

October 29, 2009 | Future Euro Council President Must Be Low Key

The vagueness surrounding the position of President of the European Council risks putting “far too much authority into the hand of one individual.” ++ The President should be someone able to focus on details, and broker deals which …More

October 28, 2009 | Blair for EU President! A Chance for Justice?

This idea of Tony Blair as EU President is an idea abhorrent to many because of his role in launching an illegal war in Iraq and keeping Britain out of the Euro zone. ++ However, his appointment “could do more for world …More

October 27, 2009 | Sarkozy's Three-way NATO Bet

Camille Grand: France’s return to full military membership of NATO inevitably raised fears that the first casualty might be the European defense project. But far from weakening ESDP, President Sarkozy’s move intends to strengthen it while at the same time hastening NATO’s reform. …More

October 26, 2009 | Germany Wants US Nukes out

Germany’s new coalition government has outlined its policy program promising tax cuts and maintaining nuclear power. ++ There has been a huge change in foreign policy with foreign minister Guido Westerwelle pushing Washington to remove its nuclear …More

October 26, 2009 | Elections in Russia: The Same Tired Story

Elizabeth Zolotukhina: Russia’s recent local elections have sprung up further accusations of electoral fraud. In order to truly gain a place at the top of world politics Medvedev and Putin must realize that democracy has to come first. Not until this happens will the Kremlin gain the international respect it craves. …More

October 23, 2009 | EU: Don't Let Go Of Turkey

The growing opposition against the accession of Turkey to the EU is a dangerous development. ++ In recent months Turkey has been a very active player in the Middle East, signalling its fatigue with the EU and demonstrating its importance as a …More

October 19, 2009 | The Planet Has No Plan B

The developing world will bear the brunt of climate change and we should take a moral approach to solving the problems it will produce. ++ The crisis bears with it large economic potential: “Building the low-carbon economy that we need will unleash a …More

October 9, 2009 | The European Union: A Quiet Superpower in the Making

Fabian Krohn: Existing concepts commonly used to define power relations, notably military, civilian and normative influence, individually fall short in describing the European Union. The EU is developing into a ‘Quiet Superpower’, a term coined by Andrew Moravcsik, that captures the essence of the unique entity that is the EU. …More

October 6, 2009 | Islamophobia in Europe Must Stop

Reports by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism, Xenophobia and the Runneymede Trust demonstrate that there is widespread Islamophobia in Europe. ++ Dominant views on the place of religion in society should be reconsidered and religion …More

October 5, 2009 | Irish Vote Not the Final Hurdle for Lisbon Treaty

Despite the 67% Irish yes vote for the Lisbon Treaty, major hurdles lie ahead. ++ “A ‘No’ would not only have been the end of the Lisbon Treaty, but the end of any major EU Reforms [but] economic uncertainty helped …More

October 1, 2009 | Germany Should Break With Tradition

Guido Westerwelle, leader of the new governments coalition partner FDP, should break with tradition and not become foreign minister but finance minister instead. ++ Westerwelle lacks experience in foreign policy “and his public statements on …More

September 29, 2009 | Hard Times for Germany's New Government

The responsibilites are enormous and ruling the country will become a tough job for Germany’s new center-right coalition. ++  Difficulties could increase because of the parties differing agenda. ++ Although it seems the perfect …More

September 28, 2009 | Hot Issue: Germany Votes for a New Government!

Editorial Team: In yesterday’s general elections the German people voted for a new government. We, the Editorial Team, are interested in your opinion on the election! What are the repercussions of the election results for transatlantic relations? …More

September 24, 2009 | The Shield's Dangerous Fallout

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: The cancellation of the missile defense shield in its initially proposed form was inevitable for many. However, this has made the fallout no less dramatic as the risk of setting a dangerous precedent of appeasement with Russia increases. …More

September 24, 2009 | Turkey Should be the Home of Europe

Long overshadowed by the EU the Council of Europe must reboot itself, relocating the HQ to Istanbul which conveniently straddles the two halves of its membership. ++ “The choice of Istanbul will symbolize the multicultural Europe of the …More

September 23, 2009 | Europe Must Stand up for Georgia

On the anniversary of the fall of the iron curtain a group of academics advocate that Europe must show stronger support for Georgia. ++ As the EU prepares to release its report on the causes of the war in Georgia we must remember the lessons of …More

September 18, 2009 | Political Chameleon Barroso Victorious: Just

Jose Manuel Barroso has been given a second 5 year term as President of the European Commission despite becoming increasingly unpopular with EU leaders. ++ Various senior parliament members have described Barroso as lacking …More

September 17, 2009 | "Merkel is the Right Woman"

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably remain in office after the upcoming general elections on September 27 - a good thing. ++ After the Schröder-era Merkel managed Germany’s realignment in a good working relationship towards …More

September 17, 2009 | SPD Must Fight For the Middle

Germany’s social democrats, the SPD, are too much caught in the left wing. ++ If the SPD wants to be part of the next legislative period’s government, they have to prevent a coalition between the liberals (FDP) and the conservatives (CDU) - with …More

September 10, 2009 | Merkel's Time is Over

The success of the left in Germany’s recent state elections does not mean a shift to the left for the country politically but rather that Chancellor Merkel’s time is over. ++ There is no “new strength” of the left but instead an obvious weakness in the …More

September 9, 2009 | Lots of Love for Obama, Less for US Policy

Editorial Team: The Atlantic Community, alongside its partner the German Marshall Fund, proudly presents this year’s summary of emerging trends in the transatlantic debate. As relations between the EU and US improve divisions still remain over climate change, Afghanistan and Turkey that may still serve to define the future of transatlantic ties. …More

September 9, 2009 | On the Doorstep for 50 Years

This summer will mark 50 years since Turkey first asked to join the EU, a feat it still cannot achieve. ++ Despite this “Turkey’s leaders say they remain committed to their bid, however long it takes” even though public support is …More

September 2, 2009 | France & Germany Take the Lead

Whatever the result of Germany’s election this month the time has come for a new Franco-German partnership to lead Europe. ++ Having scrapped the ‘Group of Six’ idea Paris and Berlin are the only truly compatible partners in …More

September 1, 2009 | A Change in Germany's Political Landscape

Germany’s national election campaign is heating up. ++ Sunday’s elections in three German states showed that the result of this month’s general elections is far from certain. ++ With the two main parties of Angela Merkel’s CDU & …More

September 1, 2009 | Poland's Policy Setbacks Should Steer it Back Towards the EU

Marek Swierczynski: As the US signals a reluctance to build the missile defense project, tensions with Russia develop and the deployment of troops in Afghanistan loses public support, Poland’s international standing continues to fall. With Jerzy Buzek at the helm of the EU Parliament and the upcoming presidency going to Poland, Warsaw must now turn to Europe ahead of its Atlantic focus. …More

August 14, 2009 | How Russia Takes Turkey

The Turkish-Russian relationship has improved immensely since Turkey’s setback in its EU accession plans. ++ Despite supporting Europe’s Nabucco pipeline project Ankara also cooperates with Russia over gas supplies. ++ “If Turkey still …More

August 10, 2009 | Obama Knows: Cameron Is More than Just Sizzle

Obama said to favour Brown’s substance over David Cameron’s ‘sizzle’ although the White House denies the claims. ++ The private meeting between Obama and Cameron earlier this year shows how important the …More

August 6, 2009 | The Blocked Bloc

Tomislav Marsic : The recent Slovenian veto to an advancement of EU accession negotiations with Croatia accompanied by Greek efforts to constrain any EU-Macedonian rapprochement have deeply altered the inter-state relations of all involved. European solidarity and long-term strategic thinking are crucial to repairing the increasingly fragile bonds. …More

August 4, 2009 | Europe Bouncing Back From the Brink

Europe survives the worst crisis of the last 50 years to bounce back stronger. ++ Renewed solidarity between EU members limited protectionism and encouraged interdependence as shown by the bailout of Latvia. ++ Lisbon Treaty cause is …More

July 31, 2009 | Why the EU Fails in a Multipolar World

The financial crisis evoked the necessity of a rebalancing of the global power equilibrium and of Europe’s status in it. ++ “Nowadays, there is both too much and too little Europe”. ++ While European countries are …More

July 20, 2009 | Blair and Barroso: Europe's Team From Hell

Tony Blair and José Manuel Barroso are popular and capable politicians, but as the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission they would be a deadly combination. ++ Mr. Blair’s “political star qualities” …More

July 15, 2009 | NATO Needs Europe to be a Better Security Partner

Guillaume Levy: NATO is going through rapid change and needs a new European security partner in order to secure its long term survival. But first Europe’s military and defense systems need to be modernized. This can be achieved through effective partnerships between European states and through the strengthening of the European defense industry. …More

July 13, 2009 | German Constitutional Court Ends EU Integration

The constitutional court decision lets Germany ratify the Lisbon treaty but blocks all further integration. ++ It does not view the European parliament as a genuine legislature, thus states retain all sovereignty and …More

July 9, 2009 | Rise of Resistance, Loss of Legitimacy: Communist Poland

Natalie Catherine Chwalisz: The historic revolution in Poland, now 20 years ago, is a culmination of the regime’s gradual loss of legitimacy. This paper seeks to explain the process of the authoritarian Communist regime’s collapse and stressed role legitimacy plays in sustaining ideological regimes. …More

June 22, 2009 | Broad EU Debate Needed on Russia's Role

Editorial Team: Cohesive European policy towards Russia will only happen if frank debate about the nation’s desired role is expanded and deepened, according to experts from 11 European nations surveyed by …More

June 17, 2009 | Will the Global Financial Crisis Affect EMU Enlargement?

C. Fahrholz, J. Börner and C. Wójcik: The current global financial crisis is creating new challenges for the European Monetary Union (EMU) that may threaten its credibility, its enlargement through the addition of member nations and even put the long-term stability of the euro at risk. The European Union must create new institutions that can balance short term needs during the crisis with long term sustainability. …More

June 16, 2009 | EU Must See America as Role Model

Europe’s outdated ideology led to the low voter turnout at the EU Parliamentary elections. ++ “Today, people don’t care about the European Union.” ++ Citizens must be reminded of the actual balance of power between their nation state and the EU …More

June 12, 2009 | Western Europe Should Look to Neighbors to Improve EU Vote

Rudi Guraziu: With the lowest ever turnout in European Union elections, the future of the Union has seriously been put in doubt. Conservative victories have caused major concern in membership hopeful, Turkey. If Europe fails to speak as one, its global economic and political influence could be jeopardized. …More

June 12, 2009 | EU Elections: A Missed Opportunity to Fix the Democratic Deficit

Marek Kubista: The European Union’s lack of legitimacy is of greater concern than the low voter turnout. To fix the democratic deficit, citizens need to feel like they have some power over the decisions made at a European level. European issues need to be debated by the press and national politicians must stop using Europe as a scapegoat for unpopular decisions. …More

June 9, 2009 | What's Behind European Indifference?

Editorial Team: The elections for the European Parliament are tainted by low voter turnout. Although the idea of “Europe” is popular, the European Union is not. Why is that? Join the debate and share your opinion on the European election results. …More

June 8, 2009 | UK's Future in the EU in Question After Vote

Marc Lewis Thomas: Future British participation in European Union could be called into question by the results of the EU Parliamentary elections. There are some feasible outcomes for Britain vis-à-vis EU participation in the context of domestic and European issues. …More

June 8, 2009 | A Tectonic Shift Could Be Heading for UK Politics

Following disastrous results in the European and local elections on the weekend, Gordon Brown’s premiership is undoubtedly in its death throes. ++ “The danger for Labour is that, if he remains at the helm, the party itself could …More

June 4, 2009 | European Elections a Precusor to Polish Domestic Vote

Marek Swierczynski: A failure by Polish political parties to create a vision or even debate on the country’s role in the European Union will mean these elections will focus more on domestic issues. The vote will be important for it will set the tone for Poland’s presidency and local elections in 2010. …More

June 2, 2009 | EU Responsibility beyond Brussels

Florian Neutze: The EU has begun to create peace building and crisis management capacities, signaling a readiness to contribute to regional and global security. How to value this development? Does the EU have the capabilities to fulfill its intention influence these world events? …More

June 1, 2009 | Democratization of Belarus Vital for Europe

The US and the EU must take a coordinated approach when trying to bring around reform in “Europe’s last dictatorship,” Belarus, which will be a slow and tough process. ++ The US should consider lifting sanctions only on the basis of …More

May 13, 2009 | European Union and Global Governance: an Evaluation

Rudi Guraziu: The EU ought to play a greater role in global governance. But in order to achieve that it needs to devise functional institutions for global governance – in effect getting everyone ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ …More

May 13, 2009 | NATO Exercises in Georgia Anger Russia

The launch of NATO military exercises in Georgia – the latest effort in Tbilisi’s campaign for membership of the alliance - has angered Russia. ++ Georgia believes NATO is pivotal to its security and independence, but Russia …More

May 12, 2009 | Do Not Ignore Risks of Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan

Afghanistan, and now Pakistan, have evolved into wars of attrition.++ There are truly four wars- the western war in Afghanistan, war in the border region, war between Islamist and weak Pakistani government, and a US war …More

May 6, 2009 | Eastern Europe Needs EU Help to Overcome Crisis

Western Europe is slowly beginning to view the
future once again with optimism, the crisis still has a tight grip on the East.
Multiple Eastern European countries are sinking deeper into recession, the
export market with …More

May 6, 2009 | The European Experiment of Unity Has Failed

Despite decades of institutional development seeming to create a more integrated Europe, the continent remains more divided than united. ++ Europe’s different cultures are not spoken of because it is politically incorrect to do so. …More

May 2, 2009 | Saving Europe from the Idealists

Asle Toje & Barbara Kunz: The new culture of collective defense among unarmed countries is not security, it is a suicide pact. Free-loading has left NATO dependent on the US. But as US influence is reduced, Europe will find that “soft power” without hard to back it is impotent. Unless Europe dumps the utopian idealists, there is a danger the continent will be left unprotected. …More

April 29, 2009 | The Next Steps for NATO

Karsten Voigt: The transatlantic Alliance enters a modern era with different global challenges requiring new and innovative approaches. NATO must reassess its geopolitical position in addressing these issues and, if necessary, adapt accordingly. …More

April 21, 2009 | Moldova's Social Networking Revolution

Elizabeth Zolotukhina: Recent events in Moldova have shown that Twitter can harness the power of disaffected individuals. The Moldovan approach to the protesters may have damaged its relations with other European states. For the Moldovan government, the key relationship remains with Russia. …More

April 3, 2009 | The EU Should Be the Leader of a New Globalization

Is de-globalization the magic solution to escape the economic crisis? No, it would be the biggest mistake. ++ Protectionism and nationalism are false friends and, as history has proven, responsible for poverty and …More

March 27, 2009 | Bye Bye Topolanek, Bye Bye EU

The collapse of Topolanek’s government is bad news for the EU. ++ His defeat is a victory for the Eurosceptic President Klaus and the detractors of the Lisbon Treaty. ++ Topolanek now has no means to apply pressure on the several Eurosceptics …More

March 27, 2009 | An Opponent to Barroso Would Reduce EU's Democratic Deficit

Marek Kubista: The European elections are fast approaching, yet there is little suspense in the air. Perhaps that’s because the outcome is pre-determined: the PPE will win and Jose Manuel Durao Barroso will be reappointed. In April, the left will be given a final chance to decide on a candidate and strengthen European democracy …More

March 26, 2009 | A Bulgarian Should Head NATO

Ira Louis Straus: Bulgaria’s former foreign minister Solomon Passy is the best candidate running for the position of NATO Secretary General. His better understanding of Atlanticism stems out of Bulgarian Atlanticism, which unlike most Eastern European Atlanticisms has managed to overcome Cold War attitudes. …More

March 19, 2009 | Serbia's EU Goal: A Chance For Regional Stability

Pawel Jan Olszewski: Serbia has announced its intention to become part of the EU family. This is a positive sign for stability and peace in the region as the country would be forced to fulfill the required EU integration criteria. However, the journey is long and not devoid of challenges. …More

March 17, 2009 | Priorities for the Transatlantic Agenda

Editorial Team: Atlantic Community members have voted: NATO, Russia and the international trade order are at the top of the transatlantic agenda. We will use these results as the map for our thematic focus in 2009. …More

March 13, 2009 | France Re-Discovers NATO

After 43 years of abstinence France is returning to NATO. ++ President Sarkozy decided that France should “reintegrat[e] into all structures of the Atlantic alliance.” ++ The move brings France closer to the US and undoes de Gaulle’s …More

March 13, 2009 | Social Cohesion Depends on Functioning Economies

The December 2008 events in Greece were spurred by the shooting of a teenager by the police, yet have deeper roots in the dismal social, economic and political conditions in which the Greek youth finds itself. ++ As the …More

March 9, 2009 | An Empty Special Relationship

Gordon Brown, like several of his predecessors, is incapable of admitting how unbalanced the UK’s special relationship with the US really is.++ But has it ever been a relationship amongst equals? ++ Even Churchill, who coined the phrase, was aware …More

March 6, 2009 | Expectations Run Too High as Clinton Visits Europe

Hillary Clinton is in Brussels, but “will trans-Atlantic relations soon be sunshine and roses again” as hoped in the European capital? ++ For the time being it doesn’t look like it; Europe continues to feel ignored and America …More

March 5, 2009 | Don't Criticize the President, He Knows Better

The small glimpse of hope of potential Russian-US cooperation on curtailing Iran’s nuclear plans disappeared after an unsuccessful meeting between Russia and the US. ++ Obama stated that Russia would not determine …More

March 3, 2009 | The Dark Side of Brussels

Behind its image of Eurocapital, seducing people from all over the globe, Brussels is in many ways comparable to a city of a developing country. ++ Dirty, bad economic conditions; 35% of the people aged under 25 are unemployed and this number rises …More

February 27, 2009 | Bring on the New Center-Left

The UK Tories will be back in power within 15 months, it seems almost certain. ++ In hand with this, Thatcherism is being revisited 30 years after it began. ++ But too stark a comparison between now and then is foolish. ++ Thatcher was a product …More

February 26, 2009 | Lure France Back into NATO

When France left NATO’s permanent command structure 43 years ago, it was confident in its decision. ++ Contemporary realties —the financial crisis and the need for transatlantic cooperation in light of a slowly emerging …More

February 26, 2009 | Brown Must Bring the Global Agenda to Obama

Next week’s meeting with Obama offers PM Brown a chance to inject some energy into his ailing premiership. ++ But the discussion must be more than a photo-op: a closely coordination “war against economic horror” is …More

February 25, 2009 | Berlusconi and Sarkozy: More Than Energy Friends

Berlusconi and Sarkozy have signed an agreement to increase cooperation over nuclear energy and enhance collaboration in related sectors. ++ Yet the get-together turned out to be a compliment race more than an energy agreement. …More

February 23, 2009 | The "Euroization" of Eastern Europe

The financial crisis is bad, but eurozone members still have some hope given the bail out guarantees. ++ It’s in Central and Eastern Europe that the catastrophe scenario seems too real to escape; the provision of mortgages in …More

February 20, 2009 | Old Europe to The Rescue!

The liberalization paradigm, mantra of Eastern Europe in the 90s that aimed to speed up the integration process, is being questioned as the region is devastated by the economic crisis. ++ Old Europe had better help these new member states through …More

February 20, 2009 | Happy Birthday Kosovo

As Kosovo celebrates one year of independence, progress in the new state can be best summed up with a “so-so.” ++ While violence has been held at bay, reconciliation between Serbs and Kosovans remains a long way off. ++ NATO and EU troops continue to …More

February 19, 2009 | NATO Is Not the Answer

Sarkozy’s decision to rejoin NATO’s military command is the wrong response to the new era Obama has ushered in. ++ NATO remains an organization designed for the Cold War era without the legitimacy to take on a universal role. ++ Sarkozy is …More

February 18, 2009 | Female Deputies Wear the Trousers in Turkey

The Turkish Parliament has voted in favor of a motion allowing female deputies to wear trousers — symbol of freedom and equality of the sexes — when working. ++ As straightforward as it may be, this must not be taken for granted …More

February 18, 2009 | The Balkan Countries Need Regional Integration

Pawel Jan Olszewski: The so called multinational Balkan region can be seen as the mirror of the EU - but why is this mirror still broken? Are seven years of bad luck for the region to be expected in view of creating a more lasting peace, or just more decades of instability, threats and the power of domination? …More

February 16, 2009 | Europe: Incoordination Means Protectionism

The EU responded to the financial crisis in an uncoordinated fashion. ++ When stimulus plans are implemented on the national level, governments will go out of their way to keep the money in the national economy and bend competition …More

February 12, 2009 | Do Not Upset the Internal Market

The motor force behind the development of the EU has been economic interdependence and the creation of a common internal market. ++ If member states respond to the crisis by putting their national interest first, measures like state aid — …More

February 12, 2009 | Building a New United Nations Security Council

Pawel Jan Olszewski: An ever changing world needs an ever changing UN. Reform of the UNSC is particularly pressing. European states should lead the way for more integrated global governance through greater integration of the European Union. …More

February 11, 2009 | Obama Lays Down Demands For Germany

The Munich Security Conference revealed to Germany the price it will have to pay if it wants to be America’s dear friend: increased troop deployment in Afghanistan and a preparedness to stand by the US if Iran remains uncooperative. …More

February 6, 2009 | No Platform for Hate Preachers

Chancellor Merkel was right to demand answers from the Vatican on Bishop Williamson and the Holocaust. ++ The Holy See has since declared that Williamson “must distance himself publicly” from Holocaust-denial. ++ This ensures a minimum: that …More

February 4, 2009 | Curbing Russian Anti-Westernism

The fragility of Putin’s Russia has been exposed by the financial crisis, making the need for new rules of engagement between it and the West all the more necessary. ++ Anti-westernism is rife and the West has surely played its part in …More

February 4, 2009 | Britain: Immigrants Are Target of Domestic Woes

When will people start to understand that immigrants are vital for a functioning economy and kicking them out of Britain would mean depriving people of doctors, nurses, teachers and so forth? ++ In addition, immigrants don’t …More

February 3, 2009 | To Follow or to Abstain?

Obama’s presidency is causing political divisions in Berlin. ++ Merkel is patiently waiting to see Obama’s actual policy plans before giving her unconditional support. ++ FM Steinmeier, on the other hand, has enthusiastically joined …More

February 3, 2009 | Remember Rosa Luxemberg

Lenin’s revolution never succeeded and socialism was left undefined — a mixture of bureaucracy and a police state — as the ideals behind the revolution were suppressed. ++ The sacrifice of Rosa Luxemburg gained her immortality in history to …More

January 30, 2009 | Sarkozysm, Second Class Gaullism

France finds itself once again immersed in massive protests directed against Mr. Sarkozy, compared by several to General de Gaulle for their common attempts to monopolize power. ++ A striking difference, however, ought to be pointed out: …More

January 29, 2009 | German Political Parties Must Inspire Grassroots Online

Marcel Reichart: German political parties were no doubt transfixed by the campaign revolution executed by Obama via the internet. To stay abreast of changing social dynamics, German political parties must harness creativity and expertise, inspiring the internet savvy to political participation. …More

January 28, 2009 | Mediterranean: Beware of the New Social Brigades

The Red Brigades, a communist inspired terrorist group which emerged in Italy in the 70s, have been substituted by new social brigades (NSB), a different name but no less nocuous. ++ Deprived of a strong political culture, …More

January 27, 2009 | Southern Europe Out of the Eurozone

The economic and political divisions between a “hard core” Northern Europe and a crumbling South are re-emerging in the midst of the economic crisis. ++ Euroskeptics argue that this will eventually lead to a departure of the …More

January 21, 2009 | President Obama: Recipe for Successful Diplomacy

Granted: times are difficult for Obama to take the lead and in his hands lies a combination of high expectations and hope. ++ The US and Europe ought to continue working together and some key ingredients ought to accompany …More

January 19, 2009 | Bumpy Road Ahead for Czech EU Presidency

David Neil Lebhar: As the Czech Republic takes the helm of the EU Presidency, domestic disputes and party politics promise to “spice up” Prague’s six months in office. Yet, Czech discrepancies concerning Lisbon, the US missile shield and Afghanistan may serve to emphasize the need for a common EU foreign policy. …More

January 15, 2009 | Euro-skeptic Czech Republic?

Unity in responding to the economic crisis and unity when negotiating a new PCA with Russia is the mantra of the Czech Republic, current holder of the EU Presidency. ++ It is time for skeptics who fear new members’ commitment towards the EU to …More

January 13, 2009 | EU Foreign Policy Making Towards the Western Balkans: Lessons Learned

Rudi Guraziu: EU foreign policy significantly changed during the Kosovo war after the Yugoslav failures demonstrated the need for an improved and coherent Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). This new direction in EU foreign policy significantly impacts the Western Balkans. What are the reasons behind … …More

January 12, 2009 | 2009 Will Test EMU and Franco-German Relations

2009 will be a challenging year for EMU and Franco-German relations regarding which economic policies to adopt. ++ The two countries traditionally differ on their stance vis à vis the role of the ECB, namely its degree of …More

January 9, 2009 | Gas Dispute Puts Energy Security At Top of EU Agenda

Marek Swierczynski: The EU proved to be indispensable in taming the recent gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine. However, it still lacks the means to stabilize crucial energy supplies and oversee political cohesion to protect its most vulnerable members. …More

January 8, 2009 | Finally, a German Stimulus Package. Is It Worth It?

Berlin witnessed the end of a stalemate between the Christian and Social Democrats on a 31-billion-euro economic stimulus package, but “Germans may find that the chances of their country’s economic recovery were higher …More

January 8, 2009 | Russia to Blame for Gas Crisis

The Russia-Ukraine gas supply conflict was heightened following Russia’s decision to further reduce gas supplies as a response to Ukraine “stealing” gas aimed for European clients. ++ Ever since the end of the 2005 Orange …More

January 6, 2009 | Financial Crisis Sways German Electoral Campaign

Germany is getting ready for a year rich in elections at every level, concluding with the September legislative duel between Chancellor Merkel and FM Steinmeier. ++ A recent survey places Merkel in the lead; however, the …More

December 30, 2008 | Sarkozy: Bush in French Garb

Thomas Speckmann: Nicolas Sarkozy governs according to his own agenda, to the disadvantage of Europe. His political style is similar to the unilateral approach of President Bush, condemned by so many Europeans. France cannot continue to give its longstanding ally, Germany, the cold shoulder. Sarkozy must cease his go-it-alone policies and become “Sarkozy l’Européen.” …More

December 24, 2008 | In the Name of Peace

Richard N. Rosencrance & Ehud Eiran: A Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement stands little chance, given current political realities. In the form of EU membership, Europe holds the key to the transformation and resolution of the millennia-long rivalry - both a win-win for Israel and Palestine and a boon to Europe. In the name of peace, Israelis and Palestinians should become European. …More

December 18, 2008 | Re-evaluating Economic Governance In the Financial Crisis

Maie-Brit Rüter: As the financial crisis threatens to also become an economic one, the recent Carlo Schmid Network conference left its most lasting impressions on topics addressing the crisis and possible remedial action. The conclusions: the international economic order is in urgent need of revision. Nevertheless, existing institutions should not be thrown out with the bathwater. …More

December 17, 2008 | Let Eastern Europe Join the Euro

The criteria for joining the euro “make little economic sense for euro-zone candidate countries in Central and Eastern Europe.” ++ Inflation targets are “flawed” and keep Poland and the Czech Republic from joining quickly. ++ “Accession for …More

December 15, 2008 | "Why Greece Is in Turmoil"

The riots in Greece are rooted in young people’s dissatisfaction with government policy. ++ Low wages, high prices and fear of unemployment are causing concern. ++ New Democracy and PASOK, which have ruled Greece for the past 34 years, cannot …More

December 15, 2008 | Merkel: "Frau Nein" on Economic Rescue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her economic officials are standing in the way of a much-needed rescue plan for the EU’s economic woes. ++ “If there is to be a rescue of the European economy, Merkel wants no part of it, telling a …More

December 11, 2008 | British Power Lies in Culture

Britain’s culture commands admiration from around the world; more so than its politics or economic power. ++ Football, leading universities and an elegant command of the English language are among the most iconic of Britain’s cultural …More

December 10, 2008 | "Don't Create a Fiscal Crisis!"

The European Central Bank has cooperated with major central banks to expand its liquidity provision, making it easier to access central-bank money. ++ Fundamental measures to protect economies have been carried out by euro-zone …More

December 8, 2008 | Europe Must Embrace New World Order

Globalization has rendered the G-8 increasingly insignificant; a new world order is at hand, in which emerging economies and the G-20 will play a key role. ++ Obama’s election will facilitate the reorientation of US foreign policy towards a …More

December 5, 2008 | "Unilateral Germany Threatens to Weaken Europe"

Germany’s increasingly unilateral foreign policies are causing unrest within the EU and Atlantic alliance. ++ The US, UK and France are frustrated by Berlin’s reluctance to impose sanctions on Iran as well as its …More

December 1, 2008 | German Complacency Poses Serious Threat

Germany’s persistent boycott of a coordinated European response to the economic crisis has serious implications both nationally and for the EU. ++ There will be no decision about a German stimulus package until February 2009 at the …More

November 28, 2008 | Why Germany Loves Iran

Yesterday, German entrepreneurs met to discuss how to intensify business with Iran. ++ Bank Melli’s connection to Tehran’s nuclear program has given the EU reason to freeze assets of Iran’s largest bank, but Germany refuses to go …More

November 28, 2008 | "In the Name of Peace"

The current political situation in the Middle East and America doesn’t augur well for a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement. ++ Hopelessness is becoming endemic on all fronts; a new vision is needed. ++ Europe holds the key in the form of EU …More

November 27, 2008 | Europe's Role Reversal over Russia

In the past, the European right reliably took a hard-line stance against Russian expansionism, with the left playing the role of apologists. ++ “Today, there has been an odd reversal,” with the likes of Merkel, Berlusconi, and …More

November 18, 2008 | Europe's Economy Needs Cooperative Efforts

To answer the G20’s calls for budgetary stimulus, Europe needs a three-part recovery program. ++ EU member states must pledge to equally share the burden of recovery. ++ Because many countries will exceed EU deficit limits, …More

November 17, 2008 | "Europe's Retreat"

On Friday the EU and Russia met to discuss the state of economic cooperation. ++ Russian troops still remain in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, hindering Georgians from returning home. ++ Upcoming talks between Russia and Georgia do not seem promising. ++ …More

November 10, 2008 | Improving Transatlantic Relations Requires a Frank Dialogue

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: Obama will move with regard to matters of detention and climate change in a direction, favoring European interests. However, bridging the transatlantic gap is not definite. With the US economy in danger there is little scope to make dramatic policy shifts. Europe must speak clearly, so that both partners can converge again. …More

November 7, 2008 | Blank Czech: The Next EU Presidency

The Czech government is ready for the EU presidency.++ “In the past two decades, the central and east European (CEE) economies have done their homework, introducing reforms, with bank bail-outs and privatizations.” ++ The Czech presidency …More

November 4, 2008 | Far-Right Bucking (but Not Wrecking) the System

Right-wing victory in Austria is not a revival of Nazism but a reinforcement of democracy. ++ Unchecked fears of nationalism and overly sensitive cultural policies prevented Europeans from properly dealing with the cultural …More

November 3, 2008 | Business Interests Trumping Environmental Concerns

The biggest loser from the global recession will be the environment. ++ In the interest of business, Gordon Brown and his Labour Party look set to revive talks over an expansion of Heathrow and Standsted airports. ++ Although …More

October 27, 2008 | Sarkozy's EU Coup d'état

Nicolas Sarkozy wishes to remain “president of the eurozone” for another year. ++ Chances are this coup will work, given the current situation. ++ The financial turmoil will likely require another eurozone summit meeting to address lingering …More

October 23, 2008 | Low-Carbon Growth: Financial Security's Best Chance

High-carbon growth must be limited to avoid a climate disaster and prevent a dangerous global transformation - population movements and conflicts. ++ World emissions must be cut by 50% by 2050. ++ Investments in …More

October 16, 2008 | Europe's "New Corporations"

Global commerce has dramatically changed in the last fifteen years. The opening of new markets, growing competition, and the struggle for attracting the world’s brightest minds are all responsible for such a change. On the basis of substantial …More

October 16, 2008 | Russia Needs a Friend

The West is “pushing away” Russia, not the other way around. ++ The US needs to see Russia’s point of view for a change. ++ At the end of the Cold War, there was “no move to meet Russia partway;” instead, the US “talked away” Russian attempts at …More

October 15, 2008 | Assuaging EU Taxpayers

Europe has a plan to bail out the banking system, but it might be hard to convince European taxpayers to pick up the bill. ++ In reality gross debt will increase, not taxpayer debt, and by saving banks we save million of jobs - yet strong opposition from …More

October 15, 2008 | Merkel in the Hot Seat

Merkel’s uncertainty regarding the financial crisis is becoming increasingly evident. ++ Recently, three “Merkel myths” have been dispelled: the CSU loss in Bayern ended the idea of Merkel’s electoral invincibility; her rejection …More

October 14, 2008 | UK: Stay Away From Joining the Euro

Though the UK economy has become more “European,” one area of contrast endures: the euro. ++ UK capitalism has been discredited and the credit crunch will be a test that may prove independent currency is bad for financial stability, …More

October 8, 2008 | Visegrad Four: A Friendship Turned Sour

Marek Swierczynski: Regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe has changed direction. Recent years have witnessed the Visegrad Group practically disintegrate due to a lack of common positions on important issues in European and global politics. The result is that countries like Poland have shifted alliances, trying to link new EU and NATO members with EU and NATO hopefuls. …More

October 6, 2008 | Potential EU Monetary Crisis - Recapitalize Now

Despite the success of some initial bank bailouts granted by the EU, such as Fortis, Europe is still short of an overall financial strategy. ++ Three things are needed: first, money to recapitalize the banking sector; second, a …More

October 1, 2008 | European Political System is Broken

This past weekend, three in ten Austrians voted for far-right parties; Bavaria’s CSU dipped beneath the 50 percent mark; and Lithuania’s populist parties, despite links with the Kremlin, polled strong. ++ This is what happens when mainstream …More

September 30, 2008 | The Polish-Lithuanian Tandem

Alexandros Petersen & Ryan R. Miller: Poland and Lithuania can play an important role in advancing U.S. priorities in the “New East Europe.” …More

September 26, 2008 | "Fire-Tested but Not Burnt Out" Leaders, Please

Brown and McCain value experience as a virtue. ++ Especially McCain’s strategy is contradictionary: he portrays himself as a politician who has enough experience to shape the decision about the financial rescue package, and …More

September 24, 2008 | UK: Take Action, Cut Interest Rates

Unemployment in Britain will rise by 2 million by the end of the year. ++ Just last month 81,000 more British citizens were without jobs, causing the unemployment rate to rise from 5.3% to 5.5%. ++ Job activity is on a sharp decline. ++ …More

September 22, 2008 | Italy's New Role as a Major Transatlantic Partner

Oreste Foppiani: Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi is changing Mediterranean politics, bringing new importance to Italy’s role in the EU as well as its role in the world. This could bring great changes to the plans of the European Armed Forces and global security issues. …More

September 19, 2008 | EU and Arab Gulf States: Untapped Cooperation Opportunities

Leonie Holthaus: The US cannot guarantee the security of the Arab Gulf states any longer. Therefore, these countries have started diplomatic initiatives themselves to enhance the regional security situation. The EU would be well advised to enlarge its cooperation with the GCC states, so that it not only includes economic but also security issues. …More

September 16, 2008 | The Euro, Still Going Strong

The Euro is not yet ten years old, but its success to date has been unquestionable. ++ Despite numerous exogenous shocks - ranging from the specter of terrorism to the subprime mortgage meltdown in the US - the Euro is still going strong. ++ …More

September 11, 2008 | EU and UN Should Lead International Reform

International organizations are stretched to their limits and need reform. ++ NATO struggles to produce an effective strategy in Afghanistan, UN peacekeepers are dispersed over the globe, and the EU can only offer fledgling military …More

September 8, 2008 | The EU Must Incorporate Ukraine

Ukraine is approaching its third election in two years, a sign of its government’s volatility. ++ In response, the EU should put Ukraine on a clear road to accession, an albeit controversial move that is nevertheless in its vital interest. ++ …More

September 5, 2008 | The Bank Must End the "Euro's Wild Rise"

The downturn of economic activity in the Eurozone has come as a surprise. ++ The twin shock of the exchange rate of the euro and oil prices squeezed profits from exporting firms. ++ The opposite has happened in the US, where the …More

September 5, 2008 | "Nobody in the Office Knows I'm Black"

The often contrived “controversies” in the media illustrate the bad state of race and politics in the UK. ++ So called truths such as “Islam is the problem” or “Racism is natural” naturalise hostility as essential to human beings and …More

September 4, 2008 | "Medvedev Praises EU Over Sanctions"

Despite the call for sanctions on Russia from Poland and the three Baltic states, the only agreement the EU made was to postpone talks about a partnership agreement with Moscow. ++ Medvedev praised the EU’s decision to reject sanctioning …More

September 3, 2008 | Transnistria is Next to Declare Independence

Meredith L. Nicoll: First it was Kosovo to declare unilateral independence. Now South Ossetia and Abkhazia have followed suit. The next new breakaway state could be Pridnestrovie, otherwise known as Transnistria. The EU needs to be prepared for a possible conflict. …More

September 2, 2008 | New EU Members Hinder Relations With Russia

EU efforts to reach a friendly and mutually beneficial relationship with Russia are thwarted by the new eastern and central European EU members. ++ These countries, in contrast to old members, failed to leave past enmities at the door …More

August 29, 2008 | Croatia's Dubious Attitudes Question EU Readiness

Croatia is witnessing a rehabilitation of the fascist ideology and unfortunately legal institutions are unwilling to take action. ++ Even more alarming is that there are also politicians who do not distance themselves from …More

August 28, 2008 | The Caucasus Conflict Needs EU Mediation

Leonie Holthaus: There is still a chance that diplomacy can contribute to resolving the Caucasus conflict. Given resurgent cold war vocabulary and the upcoming presidential elections in the US, it is up to the EU to function as a mediator between the conflicting parties. …More

August 28, 2008 | EU Should Handle Georgia Like Kosovo

The crucial question at the upcoming European head of state meeting is about the right of self-determination in the context of the Caucasus crises. ++ EU foreign policy towards Kosovo indicates that it is an advocate of self-determination; …More

August 25, 2008 | The European Union Needs Turkey

Leah McFarland: The EU is competing with other countries for Turkey as an energy transit hub. Giving Turkey membership in the EU would not only enhance the economic and political stability of the country, but would also ensure a much needed energy infrastructure for the EU. …More

August 19, 2008 | EU Has Risen to the Occasion

The EU can be proud of achieving a cease-fire between Russia and Georgia. ++ The Caucasus crisis has shown that the EU is able to create a space for diplomacy in order to resolve international conflicts. ++ Much remains to be done if the situation …More

August 19, 2008 | "The Russo-Iranian Axis"

Two of the EU’s key assumptions towards Russia have been proven wrong: firstly, Russia obviously does not share the Western values and secondly, Russia does not oppose Iran going nuclear. ++ Moscow can assume that a nuclear Iran will hurt Western …More

August 14, 2008 | EU and NATO Policies Go Together

The EU’s attempt to develop a European Security and Defense Policy doesn’t mean it will compete with NATO. ++ Instead, NATO and EU complement each other. ++ Some countries in Africa or the Middle East would rather ask the EU for assistance. ++ …More

August 12, 2008 | Europe Needs a Unified Immigration Policy

The challenges of immigration and integration in the EU need to be addressed with urgency. Jakob von Weizsäcker suggests that high-skilled and unregulated migration as well as asylum applicants should be priorities for the entire …More

August 12, 2008 | Dr. Jackson Janes, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

Dr. Jackson Janes has been engaged in German-American and European affairs for more than three decades. He is the executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at …More

August 12, 2008 | Euro's Joyride is Coming to an End

Even though the European Central Bank reassures the investors that the euro has great prospects, business activity on the Old Continent is falling and consumer confidence is plummeting. ++ On Friday, the euro had its worst day against the …More

August 8, 2008 | "The New Transatlantic Stalemate"

In times when there is no overbearing enemy, the transatlantic alliance is challenged by the geopolitical interests of each partner, which differ from one another. ++ For instance, the EU needs good relations with Russia and the Muslim …More

August 8, 2008 | Europe Leads a War Against Immigration

Despite the EU’s claim to be the continent of human rights, immigrants are being mistreated in Spain and Italy. ++ Furthermore, the EU strengthens efforts to close its borders and approved a “return directive,” which allows governments to …More

August 7, 2008 | The State of the European Military Capabilities

The International Institute for Strategic Studies has published the first ever “European Military Capabilities” report that is supposed to monitor the transformation of the European defense forces into a modern army able to …More

August 5, 2008 | "Ending the Silent Russian-European War"

The relations between Russia and the EU are shaped by mistrust which poses a threat to trade and investment between both regions. ++ Although they still rely on each other economically - especially Russia whose economy depends on oil …More

August 4, 2008 | It is Crucial to Bring Serbia Closer to Europe

The extradition of Karadzic was hailed as a watershed in the relations between the EU and Serbia but great challenges still lie ahead. ++ It is important that the EU now shows its support by implementing the recently signed …More

August 1, 2008 | Improving Common European Defense

The idea of a common European defense policy has hardly made any progress since its inception, but there are some lessons to be learned from the past: spending needs to be sensible and all countries need to pool their resources, even if there …More

July 31, 2008 | Put an End to Neoconservative Rumors

There are two rumors regarding the US elections: the first one says that if a candidate travels abroad he becomes inaccessible to “ordinary” Americans. ++ Considering the positive image which Americans have of Europeans, this assumption …More

July 29, 2008 | "The Hour of Europe"

Even if the Bush administration used to neglect it, 2009 can be the “hour of Europe.” ++ If Germany, Great Britain, and France would propose serious new contributions, the new administration would listen and offer the Europeans the “leadership” they …More

July 29, 2008 | Time for the EU to Let in Balkan States

It has to be said out loud that the EU project will not be complete as long as all Balkan countries are not allowed to join: letting in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Albania is crucial for progress and peace on the …More

July 29, 2008 | The Realpolitiker in Obama

Obama’s popularity last
Thursday showed the desire for a responsible global power and the unwavering belief that the US should be that power. ++ But the charisma of the presidential candidate should not blur our view of the other Obama: the …More

July 28, 2008 | Change Germans Cannot Believe In

The German magazine Der Spiegel featured articles about Barack Obama with such satiric headlines as “The Messiah Factor” or “Germany Meets the Superstar.” ++ These examples show that Europeans are far less excited about Obama than Americans, …More

July 26, 2008 | Defending Europe in the Future: Revising the European Security Strategy

Daniel Fiott: Any revision of the European Security Strategy later this year should aim to deal with the security threats posed by climate change, energy security, human security, cyber crime and the incoherence of the European Union’s military capabilities. …More

July 25, 2008 | The Lingering Sound of Obama's Speech

The German government welcomes Obama’s call for a renewal of transatlantic relations. ++ The
reactions of the public are heterogeneous: some expected a key speech and were disappointed afterwards while others liked Obama’s decision to …More

July 24, 2008 | The Hope for Change

The need for a renewal of transatlantic relations is widely felt among the German public and the expectations are high regarding Obama’s stance on climate protection, peace, and shared values. ++ But there will also be delicate issues arising such as …More

July 24, 2008 | Buying Ourselves Into Poverty

Thomas Speckmann: Despite plans for a common foreign and security policy, bilateral agreements still largely prevail in Europe when it comes to energy policy. More than ever before, Europe needs a common energy foreign policy. Without this kind of special-interest politics, Europe will remain a tiger without teeth. …More

July 22, 2008 | Why we Need Beijing

After the end of the cold war the world experienced a transition period of US dominance. ++ The new world order will be multipolar. ++ Therefore, we need Beijing to solve the global challenges
and it is up to Germany to promote an international integration …More

July 21, 2008 | The EU's Africa Policy After the Lisbon Summit

Marco Overhaus: The second EU-Africa summit in 2007 in Lisbon endorsed a “Strategic Partnership.” This perspective challenges both actors: the EU to pursue a coherent policy and Africa to develop long-term self-interests and institutions to implement them. …More

July 18, 2008 | Is the US Really Better Off With Sarkozy?

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: Despite the proclaimed cooperative approach, Franco-American tensions could grow bigger than under Chirac. Sarkozy’s Euro-Atlantic, yet independent, foreign policy moves could well be at odds with the next US president’s understanding of multilateralism. …More

July 18, 2008 | Controversial Address at the Brandenburg Gate

Although countless events and demonstrations have taken place at the gate, Obama’s intention to hold a speech divides the German political elite. ++ Merkel’s disapproval is thought to be due to her closer ties to the conservatives …More

July 17, 2008 | "France Has Stepped Out of Hibernation"

Despite a controversial relationship to the media, opposition to Turkish EU membership, and waning popularity at home, Sarkozy in all his recklessness is a positive force for France and for Europe. ++ The president has transformed …More

July 17, 2008 | Steinmeier on "Responsible Sovereignty"

Responsibility and cooperation are key terms in the 21st century. ++ “Responsible Sovereignty” means members of the international community should share responsibilities, maximize the opportunities, and minimize the risks brought …More

July 16, 2008 | Helpless Multilateralism

In the era of globalization, there is no alternative to multilateralism. ++ But multilateralism can only function with an accepted leadership and within institutions which are capable of acting. ++ Both the G8 and the security council do not include all …More

July 15, 2008 | Ukraine's Western Integration: A Slow Process

Memo 7: The members of the Atlantic Community believe that Ukraine belongs to Europe. Ukraine needs to be integrated into Western alliances without undermining Western-Russian relations. …More

July 15, 2008 | Drawing-up a Balance Sheet for Europe

Pierre Drai: The Irish “no” came as a surprise to many European policymakers. Yet it is their own failure to cater to the needs and desires of their voters and close the gap between policies and reality that caused it. The EU needs to be more transparent domestically and take on greater responsibility internationally if real deadlock is to be avoided in the future. …More

July 14, 2008 | The Gas Price of Democracy

It seems that the importance of liberty and democracy in Russia is inversely correlated to the prices of oil and gas. ++ While denouncing Mugabe, Council of Europe secretary-general recently expressed his admiration for Putin and Medvedev, whose hold …More

July 11, 2008 | Berlin's Provincial Farce

The planned speech of Presidential candidate Barack Obama in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin threatens to turn into a provincial farce. ++ Unlike Washington D.C., where the US federal government decides who can speak at the nation’s political …More

July 11, 2008 | Serbia Is Back in Europe

Elizabeth Pond : Even though radical voices are still present in Serbian political life, most of the Serbs finally made the choice of becoming a part of Europe. …More

July 11, 2008 | Ukraine Will be Russia's Path to Europe

The elusive perception of the West as a threat is still alive in Russia. ++ But Moscow’s self-destructive confrontation with the West and its fantasy of allying with China can be halted if Ukrainian europeanization succeeds. ++ Ukraine …More

July 6, 2008 | The Amerikafest and more

From the Editorial Team: Read about the Amerikafest and watch and listen to reactions from the crowd. Find out what the people interviewed in Berlin think of America and expect from future of transatlantic relations. …More

July 3, 2008 | EU Constitution for a "Protective Europe"

Besides a Europe of markets, trade, and economic liberalization the French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls for a “protective Europe.” ++ With this, he intends to assuage the discontent of people who feel abandonned by the …More

July 3, 2008 | Ukraine's Western Integration

From the Editorial Team: Atlantic Community offers a chance for members to influence real politics. In preparation for Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Ukraine on July 21st, 2008, we are preparing an Atlantic Memo which will be send to members of parliament prior to Merkel’s departure. …More

July 2, 2008 | Europe so Close Yet so Far

Stephanie von Hayek: Although the Lisbon Treaty is a step forward for a Europe of the citizens, the Irish said no. And it is understandable they did. There is a lack of transparency and political dialogue within the EU which needs to be filled in by politicians on all levels. …More

July 2, 2008 | A Dark Future for United European Foreign Policy

Ireland’s “No” vote primed the way for the EU to leave “the world stage as a serious foreign policy player for at least ten years.” ++ While the EU will continue to exist, it will not have the strength to determine its own fate …More

July 1, 2008 | Axiology and the Treaty on a Constitution for Europe

Dawid Sebastian Bunikowski: The Treaty on a Constitution for Europe in a version presented by d’Estaing is not only a result of a legal and institutional aspect of deeper European integration but also a result of an axiological compromise. …More

June 27, 2008 | Europe's State of Nirvana

The rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is symptomatic of the European perception of the union. ++ There is a steady loss of self-confidence and growth of pessimism about the union’s future. ++ Europeans also fear they will not be able to integrate …More

June 27, 2008 | Russia's Western Border is a Sensitive Issue

Heinrich Bonnenberg: To Russia, its current western border is a border that stands for loss and dishonor. This border is an open, bleeding wound on the Russian body. The security pact that the Russian president recently presented in Berlin could be helpful in overcoming historical grievances and bringing Western Europe and Russia closer together. …More

June 26, 2008 | The Troubling Role of Europe in Rendition

European States have been quick to criticize America’s practices but have themselves played a role in many renditions and secret detentions. ++ European airports and airspace have repeatedly been used by CIA flights headed for rendition …More

June 25, 2008 | Europe's Demographics are Eroding the Continent

Firmly anchored in their identities of the past, European countries are having difficulties in integrating waves of non-European immigrants. ++ Eurostat estimates an influx of 40 million new immigrants between now and 2050. ++ …More

June 24, 2008 | The Emergence of a Another Two-Speed Europe

Most EU leaders want to continue with the ratification of the Lisbon treaty regardless of the disastrous outcome of the Irish vote. ++ Sarkozy and Merkel in particular are pushing for the treaty to be implemented, yet only governments …More

June 20, 2008 | France Adopts a Multilateral Defense Policy

Transatlantic Press Round-up: The 2008 White Paper sets the tone for the next decade of French defense policy. Although France’s “loss of independence” is controversial, many welcome the progress towards synchronization of the French, European, and transatlantic security and defense strategies. …More

June 20, 2008 | Sarkozy Re-Ignites the EU Enlargement Row

Marek Swierczynski: One crisis is rapidly spiralling to another. The Irish “No” to the Lisbon Treaty spoiled the mood among the EU big players so much that they’ve threatened to halt enlargement plans. And it is not Ireland, they’re threatening but Eastern European new member states. …More

June 20, 2008 | It is Not Only Bush Who Was the Wrong Guy

Most people overlook that it was not one man alone who widened the gap between the two sides of the Atlantic, and that the bogeyman Bush often either approved or facilitated Europe’s own decisions. ++ The dramatic transformation of the …More

June 19, 2008 | Europe's Century

Parag Khanna & Alpo Rusi: Despite the Irish no vote, the EU’s destiny is to lead the world on security, trade and climate change. Increasingly, globalization requires structure and organization on the local level, and the EU, which benefits from high credibility, is setting standards for other regions around the world. …More

June 18, 2008 | EU Defense Policy: Progress on Paper Only

France issued a White Paper on military reforms to meet the new challenges of transnational terrorism and nuclear proliferation. ++ Alongside the modernization and rationalization of its armed forces, France seeks to return to the …More

June 18, 2008 | EU Reforms Must Continue, Despite Ireland's "no"

Given inevitable economic and demographic shifts, European countries will not be able to remain agenda setters in the global system, unless they cooperate more effectively and speak with one voice. ++ Despite Ireland’s …More

June 18, 2008 | EU Should Let Reason Triumph Over Fears

Europe has come a long way since the Middle Ages and especially over the last 50 years. ++ The Lisbon Treaty merged all treaties and conventions of the long European construction into a single body, defining and rationalizing the Union …More

June 16, 2008 | The French Could Help EU-Alliance Communication

While the US and Germany would welcome full French participation in NATO, Sarkozy faces stiff resistance to the notion domestically. ++ The fact that French military representation in NATO “far exceeds” analogous French efforts in …More

June 16, 2008 | A Plan B for the Lisbon Treaty

The EU will likely find a way to implement the Lisbon treaty despite Ireland’s failure to ratify the document. ++ France and Germany have already indicated their willingness to “drive the Irish out of the EU if they fail to reverse their No …More

June 13, 2008 | EU-Russia Relations Should be Institutionalized

Russia’s main challenge is the modernization of its economy, politics, and society. ++ President Medvedev has singled out the rule of law as a particularly significant aspect of the reforms. ++ The EU should support these reform …More

June 13, 2008 | EU and UN: Less Talking, More Action

Global issues, such as proliferation, energy security, diseases, and terrorism are not disparate and unconnected, and cannot be settled unilaterally. ++ “Practical multilateralism is a strategic necessity, not a liberal nicety.” ++ The …More

June 12, 2008 | The Real Challenge of Europe

Heinrich Bonnenberg: NATO is not the main topic for the future of Europe. The main topic is to come up with a European identity, that means a European civilization. …More

June 12, 2008 | Division of Power Shifting in Russia

Whatever Putin and Medvedev said, there is no doubt that the transfer of power towards Moscow’s White House has begun. ++ The head of the presidential administration has called for a change to the Constitution, with the purpose of …More

June 11, 2008 | Ukraine's Conditional Future in the EU

David Francis: Germany should champion Ukraine’s membership in the European Union. However, this support should come with conditions. …More

June 11, 2008 | Farewell to Bush, a Friend in the End

Marek Swierczynski: The farewell trip of the 43rd US president shows who and what really matters for America in Europe. George Bush visits America’s traditional allies and friends but emphasizes the role of the EU as the main transatlantic link and one that may play an important role during the next presidency. …More

June 9, 2008 | Establish China as a Responsible Global Stakeholder

A power shift from West to East is taking place in the international system. ++ The question is whether states like Russia, China, and India will act unilaterally, bilaterally, or multilaterally. ++ US power decline and …More

June 9, 2008 | German-Russian Friendship: A Dangerous Assumption

While Medvedev “struck a friendly pose in Berlin,” future action or lack of thereof will be the true test of Russian-German relations. ++ Germany must be careful to avoid becoming “a mouthpiece of Russian interests” and …More

June 6, 2008 | Russia Wants to be a Part of the West

Russia is changing. ++ The new Russian president’s speeches in Berlin about the importance of free press, of a broad middle class, and of the acknowledgement of mistakes made during the Prague spring are more than astonishing. ++ Although …More

June 3, 2008 | Climate Change in EU Environmental Policy Needed

While the EU champions progressive environmental policies, further inspection reveals that the EU-15 only reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2% between 1990 and 1995, and that they will fail to meet their Kyoto Protocol …More

June 2, 2008 | Germany Would do Well to Look Towards France

President Sarkozy has announced that citizens of the 2004 EU accession countries will be permitted to work freely in France beginning in July. ++ This development contrasts sharply with Germany where “borders will remain firmly …More

June 2, 2008 | Med Union and Eastern Partnership are Rivals in the EU-Vision Contest

Marek Swierczynski: Now the Lisbon Treaty is almost over and done with, the EU is encouraged to look south- and eastwards. Initiatives by France and a Polish-Swedish team aim at creating buffer-spaces between the EU and unstable regions, but could create tensions that challenge the bloc’s unity. …More

May 27, 2008 | The Eurovision Contest is the "Epitome of Soft Power"

Though the Eurovision Song Contest should not be reduced to politics, the extent to which political considerations surpass artistic ones is undeniable. ++ Russia’s victory resulted from the overwhelming support of former …More

May 22, 2008 | Europe's Geopolitical Influence is Waning

Given its relatively small geopolitical size, Europe needs to encourage stability among its neighbors in an effort to sustain its current enjoyment of internal tranquility. ++ While slowly crawling from beneath the US security blanket …More

May 21, 2008 | Has British Multiculturalism Gone too Far?

Recent warnings of a “cold war” in parts of Britain where “separate communities live side by side…with poor communications across racial lines” have brought into question the wisdom of the British vision of multiculturalism. ++ …More

May 20, 2008 | Detrimental Protectionist European Trade Policies

The defense of the European economy “against unfair international trade policies” needs to be critically examined. ++ In reality, defensive measures such as anti-dumping duties often negatively affect European companies. ++ …More

May 16, 2008 | The Need to Nurture the Latin American-European Relationship

Eckart von Klaeden: The “strategic partnership” between the EU and Latin America must be followed up with concrete and substantive political initiatives. The European Union, Latin America, and the United States must work towards a trilateral dialog. …More

May 13, 2008 | Boris Tadic's Victory is Not so Decisive

The recent victory in Serbian parliamentary elections by President Boris Tadic’s pro-EU alliance was not as decisive as he would like to have the world believe. ++ In order to form a government he is likely to have to form a coalition …More

May 9, 2008 | Georgia in Desperate Need for Western Help

Russia is increasing military means in Georgia that show striking parallels with Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus. ++ NATO members argue Georgia’s state of democratization needs to improve before they are willing to risk …More

May 9, 2008 | The Two Towers of Future Russia

Andreas Umland: The rise of Dmitry Medvedev will mobilize the large anti-Western constituency in various sectors of the Russian elite. We may soon observe the emergence of another, different “tower” in the Russian state apparatus around which Moscow’s various nationalist politicians and publicists will unite. …More

May 7, 2008 | US Missile Defense on European Soil Sparks Debate

Plans to build a US-proposed missile-defense shield based in Czech Republic and Poland has been met with feisty opposition. ++ NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Sheffer insists that missile defense is crucial for North …More

May 7, 2008 | Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, US Inst. of Peace

Prior to joining the United States Institute of Peace, Dr. de Jonge Oudraat served as co-director of the Managing Global Issues project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C, and worked as a senior …More

May 6, 2008 | Beyond the Call of Duty

Mark Brzezinski: A special exhibit focused on the Holocaust opened recently on Ellis Island in New York City. It celebrates those who chose not to be indifferent. The National Park Service joined the nonprofit group “Visas For Life” to honor diplomats who rescued Jews before and during World War II. …More

May 5, 2008 | Gorbachev Number Two: Dmitry Medvedev

Andreas Umland: Sooner or later it is to be expected that Medvedev’s deeper political beliefs – his apparently liberal and democratic views – will come to the fore. …More

May 2, 2008 | The Excellence Initiative and its Effect on the German University System

Tim H. Stuchtey: The German Excellence Initiative will cause more heterogenity in the German higher education system. But it can only reach its aims if it will be repeated frequently and if the lay-out of the competition is improved. …More

May 2, 2008 | A Europe of Blocs?

The idea of a Baltic-to-the-Black-Sea Union is a little noticed result of the last European Council meeting. ++ Since the French president proposed a Mediterranean Union for EU and non-EU countries around that sea, the Polish premier minister agued that in …More

April 30, 2008 | Sarkozy l' Américain?

The election of Nicolas Sarkozy was a source of hope for the future of Franco-American and transatlantic relations. Sarkozy made no secret of his intention to kick start a new era of French foreign policy and effect a radical break away from a forty …More

April 30, 2008 | Gazprom Hardens Its Grip on Europe

Marek Swierczynski: Greece and Russia signed an agreement to build the southern branch of the South Stream natural gas pipeline. President Putin’s last victory hardens Gazprom’s grip on Europe and makes any energy diversification projects more difficult. Unless the EU looks at the map and acts. …More

April 23, 2008 | Solving Kosovo's Kosovo

Daniel Korski & Richard Gowan: Away from the limelight and with other world events getting the media’s attention, the situation in Kosovo has been getting worse and worse. And it all started so well with the EU managing to get a consensus for its ESDP mission and two-thirds of EU states backing the province’s independence. …More

April 21, 2008 | The West Needs Russia as a Partner This Article contains Flash-Video

Hans-Ulrich Klose: Mistakes have been made on both the Russian and the Western sides. Russia should now be approached as an equal rather than looked down upon or scolded for non-democratic ways. …More

April 21, 2008 | The Time Has Come for EU Democracy Promotion

The EU has been successful in promoting democracy among the states that aspire to join. ++ Given this success, Europeans should work to promote liberal democracy beyond Europe’s borders. ++ The EU must agree on what it wants to do …More

April 18, 2008 | Europe's Long Term Geo-Strategic Dilemma

European obstructionism of US proposals at the NATO summit exposes the EU’s division, weakness, and indecisiveness. ++ Energy dependency means that Russia has a de facto veto over EU security. ++ Suggesting the EU could mediate …More

April 17, 2008 | The EU Is Putting Turkish Democracy at Risk

The EU’s treatment of Turkish democracy is “more functional and opportunistic than principled.” ++ In its recent condemnation of the Turkish judiciary, the EU wrongly interpreted secularism as a threat to democracy while …More

April 17, 2008 | ESDP: Time for the First Teeth, but Whom to Bite?

Marek Swierczynski: The Lisbon Treaty opens a new path for the European Security and Defense Policy. After Europe failed to create either a relevant European defense capability or a common security strategy, it favors a collective defense that may ultimately threaten NATO. …More

April 9, 2008 | The Eurozone Should Assume Global Leadership

The IMF’s need for governance reform points to the EU’s lack of management of its external monetary policy. ++ Consolidating the representation of Eurozone members on the board - currently 15 members are awkwardly split among 8 …More

April 7, 2008 | NATO Primacy is Necessary

By duplicating rather than completing the alliance’s functions, the Lisbon Treaty proposals on European defense integration damage NATO. ++ Since supranationalism would only further the EU’s democratic deficit, existing intergovernmental …More

April 2, 2008 | Re-entering the EU

Marek Swierczynski: After a political upheaval and embarassment for President Kaczyński, Polish Parliament passed the bill to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon. The victory of the pro-EU lobby backed by overwhelming public support should not be overestimated as the debate did not touch the real issues behind Lisbon. …More

April 1, 2008 | How Britain Now Runs European Security

Daniel Korski: Something odd is happening across Europe’s security landscape. In spite of British Prime Minister Brown’s euro-scepticism, and Britain’s supposed European isolation following the Iraq War, London is once again becoming the centerpiece of European security cooperation. …More

March 31, 2008 | NATO and EU Need an Open-door Policy

Bucharest is the ideal opportunity to extend the NATO membership action plan to Georgia and Ukraine and further negotiations with Balkan states. ++ While rewarding and encouraging their effort of reform, this would enhance the stability, …More

March 31, 2008 | Obama's Communication Style: A Lesson for Europe

Obama’s speech on race spoke to Europe and provided insights into the imperfections of US democracy. ++ Obama succeeded in addressing the problems of his nation, something which is rarely accomplished
in Europe. ++ The …More

March 25, 2008 | Bringing NATO and the ESDP Closer Together

British skepticism towards EU defense and opposition to “operational headquarters” for EU military missions may jeopardize Sarkozy’s plan to simultaneously increase the EU’s military role and obtain approval at home for full membership …More

March 21, 2008 | Britain's Security Strategy Needs to be More European

Britain’s new US-style national security strategy (NSS) should provide for better risk assessment, more troops, and more funds. ++ Unfortunately, the NSS only makes casual reference to Europe and features a continuing …More

March 10, 2008 | The Need for Western Engagement in Belarus

Lukashenko requires economic stability to maintain his power and popularity. ++ With Russia threatening to double once again the price of natural gas imports to the country, the president has been forced to take liberal measures and …More

March 7, 2008 | NATO Enlargement and Alliance Principles

Dora Bakoyannis: Greece supports the enlargement of NATO in the Western Balkans with the invitations to Croatia and Albania, but the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s “intransigeant stance and its actions of an irredentist and nationalistic logic” are unacceptable. …More

March 3, 2008 | Lisbon Agenda: the EU Fails to Deliver on R&D Promises

Europe is well on the way to fall short of the ambitiously formulated targets of the Lisbon Agenda of 2002. We remember: all EU member states wanted to increase R&D expenditure from an average 1,8% of GDP in the late …More

February 28, 2008 | Ukraine's "European Choice"

Christine Otsver: Political disengagement and a weak economy endanger democracy in Ukraine. …More

February 27, 2008 | Encouraging Secularism in Kazakhstan

The EU needs to tie Kazakhstan to the West while it still can. ++ Kazakhstan has a secular tradition that can and should be encouraged, given surrounding “Islamic arc of instability.” ++ European Parliament shouldn’t reject Kazakhstan for ENP membership. ++ Western ties should be secured before Russia and China draw Kazakhstan further into spheres of influence.

February 14, 2008 | The Western Balkans and the EU: Attitude is Key

Ruby Gropas: Through an examination of the hopes and expectations surrounding Western Balkan EU accession, Dr. Gropas concludes that without the will to accede — on everyone’s part — the Western Balkans won’t have the capacity to do so. …More

January 29, 2008 | The Hard Choices of Intervention

Volker Perthes: I admit that there is no simple checklist to determine how, when, or where German troops should be deployed abroad. But there are a number of valid questions that can be posed before soldiers are sent to peacekeeping and peace-enf …More

January 17, 2008 | Gordon Brown Praises the EU

In a speech before business leaders, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown stressed the need for the UK to remain engaged with the EU, in order to push for “reforms that are essential for Europe’s, and Britain’s, economic future.”
Brown, delivering a very …More

January 15, 2008 | Germany's Foreign Policy is Dangerous

Dr. Dimitrios Argirakos: Angela Merkel subordinates German international relations to US geopolitical objectives, something that Bismarck and Adenauer would not understand. …More

January 11, 2008 | EU Achievements for Its Citizens 2007

Nanne Zwagerman: of the European Tribune is critical of a list recently published by the EC, highlighting their achievements in 2007. Being relatively low on the radar the EC does need to advertise itself, but hopefully they will have a little more to boast about next year. …More

January 9, 2008 | Germany's Fear of Liberalism

Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler: claim that Germans are increasingly prepared to sacrifice freedom for security, as shown by the restricitve labour laws and the new minimum wage. …More

January 3, 2008 | European Politicians Avoid Ideological Confrontations

Stryker McGuire laments that the days of real ideological battles between Europe’s major parties are over. Thus, be it in Britain, Denmark, Spain, Portugal or Germany, parties from left and right agree on almost everything, …More

December 24, 2007 | Germany: Home of the Kindergarten but Lacking in Children

Ulf Gartzke: I contend that educated couples have fewer children because of the welfare state, which is also to blame for the increase in child poverty. …More

December 18, 2007 | Sarkozy's Proposal: Elitist or Forward Thinking?

Jose Ignacio Torreblanca of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) criticizes Sarkozy’s proposal of a committee of the wise, to address the future of Europe, but discusses how it might eventually come to be …More

December 11, 2007 | New Dreams for Europe's Future

Jan Techau: Europe’s role is changing. The dream of a European superstate is redundant. Instead, Europe should be looking beyond its borders. …More

December 5, 2007 | "Thessaloniki 2": European Incentives for the Western Balkans

Alexandros P. Mallias: A clear prospect of EU membership is the most effective tool in helping countries of the western Balkans overcome their current challenges. Mallias presents a new strategic agenda for the western Balkans building on the Thessaloniki Agenda of 2003. …More

November 16, 2007 | Russia Returns to the Baltic

Russia’s influence once again looms over the Baltic countries, and their position within the European Union and NATO is not mitigating the threat, argues International Herald Tribune journalist Adam Ellick. New Russian investments in media and …More

November 16, 2007 | Weak America = Weakened Europe

Christoph Bertram: If European governments today distance themselves from America, they will both antagonize and further weaken the US. This will in turn undermine European foreign policy influence around the world. …More

November 7, 2007 | Europe's Old Age Seems More Like the Prime Time of Its Youth

Debunking five traditional myths about the European economy, Steven Hill from the Washington Post, reassesses Europe’s economic position vis-à-vis the United States and the World. The “eurosclerotic” European Union …More

November 7, 2007 | A Confederation for Kosovo

Antonio Cassese: A confederation of states is the best compromise for Kosovo. By means of a binding UN Security Council resolution, Kosovo could be granted full and exclusive authority over its citizens and territory, as well as limited capacity for action on the international scene. …More

November 2, 2007 | Lorenzo Fioramonti and Sonia Lucarelli Analyze the European Union's Global Image

Lack of enthusiasm for the EU at home inspired researchers Lorenzo Fioramonti and Sonia Lucarelli from the University of Bologna, to test perceptions of the Union beyond its borders. Their …More

October 29, 2007 | US/EU Relations: It's Not About the Values

Niklas Keller: of the Atlantic Initiative calls utility, power and control the fundamental pillars of the transatlantic relationship. Slight differences in values should not overshadow the immense benefits that both Europe and the US gain from their alliance. …More

October 24, 2007 | German Foreign Policy Needs to Grow Up

Jan Techau: It is time for Germany to assert a leading role in world politics. The German public needs to overcome its aversion to international involvement and see today’s threats for what they are—because history isn’t waiting. …More

October 22, 2007 | War on Terror: From Basra to Bradford

An invisible front line in the war on terror is running through Europe, writes Timothy Garton Ash for the LA Times. This front line, however, is not a military but a cultural/political one to be fought by winning over the hearts and minds …More

October 19, 2007 | The Europe that US Left and Right Don't See

Patrick Deneen: Both the right and left overlook parts of Europe which challenge their presuppositions. These small villages could teach Americans on both ends of the political spectrum about a healthy respect for the environment and a culture of sustainability. …More

October 16, 2007 | Expect More Coalition Building After Polish Elections

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: I offer a transatlantic perspective on what early elections could mean for Poland’s international standing. Current polls suggest that despite all of the government’s blunders, early voting may not spell the end of the Kaczyński moment. …More

October 4, 2007 | UK Education Brings Big Bucks to Britain

Education is a vital part of the UK economy, says Donald MacLeod in response to a report by the British Council. The report, compiled by Dr. Pamela Lenton of the University of Sheffield, reveals that the educational sector is worth more …More

October 4, 2007 | Premature US Withdrawal Could Threaten Europe

Joerg Wolf: The Atlantic Community asked fourteen experts what would happen if US troops were completely withdrawn from Iraq by summer 2009. European terrorism, state collapse, higher oil prices and increased American isolationism were just some of the likely scenarios. Part three of a three-part series. …More

September 27, 2007 | Europe + America = Geopolitical Sense: Europeans Rebuilding Transatlantic Bridges

Anti-Americanism in Europe has had its day, writes Stryker McGuire of Newsweek International. With Bush’s departure in sight and the gradual fading of contentions over Iraq, an …More

September 27, 2007 | Sweden: A "Welfare Paradise" Offers Lessons For Europe

Maria Rankka: I urge Europe to look beyond Sweden’s mythic welfare state and learn from the country’s history of free trade and free enterprise. Protectionism and social safety nets will not forestall the wave of competition from globalization. …More

September 26, 2007 | Get Moving, Europe! This Article contains Flash-Video

Christine Otsver: Labor mobility in the EU-25 is shamefully low. One of the EU’s core concepts is freedom of movement, but getting more workers to resettle will take some radical rethinking. …More

September 24, 2007 | What Is France's Place In The World?

Dominique Moisi: France should come to terms with the present century and come back into Europe. I have a few answers to the question that went unasked in the recent French presidential election campaign, and seems to have gone unconsidered by the French people. …More

September 17, 2007 | Ukraine Opens a New Chapter in EU Relations

Oleksandr Chalyi: I call for an enhanced bilateral agreement between the EU and Ukraine with integration and association as its ultimate goal. Yuschenko’s New Realism must aim to meet the Copenhagen criteria within ten years, unilaterally if necessary. …More

September 13, 2007 | Philippe Cayla, Chairman and CEO of Euronews This Article contains Flash-Video

The United States and the European Union must work together on Middle East according to Philippe Cayla, who has been Chairman and CEO of Euronews since April 24, 2003. Prior to joining the European cable news channel, Cayla worked …More

September 4, 2007 | Europe Must Say No to Globalizing NATO This Article contains Flash-Video

Egon Bahr: Europe must emancipate itself from the United States and take a stand for multilateralism. I see NATO expansion as an invitation for the US to continue to dominate the alliance—Europe should oppose it. …More

August 27, 2007 | Die Zeit's Joffe on World Series Time for Merkel

Angela Merkel’s leadership style thus far has resembled that of Otto von Bismarck, Europe’s “honest broker” in the late 1870’s. But with new leaders in power in France and Britain, the real diplomatic test is …More

August 1, 2007 | Lack of EU Solidarity Jeopardizes Kosovo Independence

Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation Morton Abramowitz calls on EU member states to take a united stand on Martii Ahitissari’s blueprint for Kosovo’s “supervised independence” from Serbia. Even though Ahitissari’s …More

August 1, 2007 | Come Together, Right Now

Margarita Mathiopoulos: The West cannot afford a globally weak or inept United States. The recent political changes in France, Japan, Britain and Germany present an opportunity to start fresh with a new US administration in 2008. …More

July 31, 2007 | ISN on Installing a Permanent European Security Council After Reform Treaty

When its Reform Treaty is finally ratified, the EU should consider installing a permanent European Security Council, suggests James Roger, Director of Operations for the Henry Jackson Society in …More

July 31, 2007 | Germany's EU Presidency: Internal Leadership and External Neglect

Marco Overhaus: and Hanns Maull of the University of Trier: We argue that the German EU presidency failed to raise the EU’s profile as a foreign policy actor. Though successful in internal reform, Gemany’s tenure at Europe’s helm failed to provide real progress in Kosovo, Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iran.

July 30, 2007 | Turkey: Tough Challenges for AKP Despite Landslide Victory

Yiorghos Leventis: The AKP’s recent election victory is not simply a blessing for the party: the specter of violent reaction by the country’s military establishment still looms large. The EU should reward Turkish reforms towards EU membership. …More

July 28, 2007 | Turkey After the Elections: Bloggers See a Bright Future

By Tobias Bock
The main focus of discussions following the Turkish elections has been on the continuing rift between the secularists and pious Muslims; an issue which might become even more contentious in the upcoming …More

July 19, 2007 | Don't Blame the Welfare State for US-EU Productivity Gap

The Productivity Gap
Europe still lags behind the US in per capita productivity by as much as 32%. Worse still, a transatlantic comparison by sector indicates that official statistics overstate European labor …More

July 17, 2007 | Will Brown's Dinner With Merkel Leave Bush Hungry?

Dear readers:, what do you make of Gordon Brown’s decision to take his first trip as prime minister to Berlin, rather than to Washington? Is Great Britain moving closer to Germany (and the EU), while the “special relationship” with the US takes a dive? …More

July 16, 2007 | The Case for German-Polish Rapprochement

Wess Mitchell: The growing rift between Germany and Poland could do damage to US and European interests. Three postwar principles could help to repair relations. …More

July 3, 2007 | Evolution Instead of Revolution - Integrating Europe's Armed Forces

In the English edition of Internationale Politik, Johannes Varwick of the University of Kiel calls for integration of EU member states’ armed forces. While this will not be accomplished in the near …More

June 26, 2007 | Merkel's Momentum: Grading the German EU Presidency

Wess Mitchell: I give stellar marks to Merkel in three key areas. I conclude that a strong German-Polish connection would sustain the progress made on transatlantic relations, Russian diplomacy and EU integration during her 6-month tenure. …More

June 25, 2007 | EU Battlegroups March Europe Toward Common Defense

Michael John Williams: The EU Battlegroups, though small, are a step in the right direction. The United States can and should play a role in promoting further advancement of European expeditionary capability. …More

June 20, 2007 | Portugal Plans Africa Focus During EU Presidency

Ana Gomes: I detail the Portuguese agenda for EU external relations over the next six months. While the Constitution will be an obvious priority, the flagship event for the presidency will be the EU-Africa Summit in December 2007. Portugal wants to strengthen the transatlantic alliance and organize the inaugural EU summit with Brazil. Renewed emphasis on the Euromed process and European Neighbourhood Policy is also planned. …More

June 4, 2007 | Turkey Struggles with the Nature of their Democracy, reports Robert Ruby

There is growing doubt among Turks that democracy can thrive within their country, reports Robert Ruby of the Pew Research Center. Pew Global Attitudes surveys indicate that, in conjunction with recent …More

May 30, 2007 | Merkel's Russian Moment is Now

Bastian Giegerich and Raffaello Pantucci: We press Angela Merkel to push through the recent gridlock in EU-Russia relations. Merkel should use the end of her EU presidency to adopt a unified and robust stance towards Russia, one more in line with the concerns of former Soviet satellites who now represent the EU’s eastern borders. …More

May 24, 2007 | EU Should Bring Russia Closer

Alexander Rahr: The EU and Russia need more direct and frequent communication to avoid future conflict. Putin’s speech has set off a vicious circle: as Russia increasingly positions itself as an aggressor, the United States and Europe find further reason to ostracize Moscow. The worst the West could do would be to write off Russia in a return to containment policy. …More

May 22, 2007 | Jackson Janes and Stephen Szabo Analyze Merkel's Germany

A lack of strong European leaders has made German Chancellor Angela Merkel into America’s most important partner, say Jackson Janes and Stephen Szabo. Janes, Executive Director of the American Institute for …More

May 15, 2007 | The ENP Three Years On: Where From - and Where Next?

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has difficulties meeting the expectations and demands of dealing with the EU’s neighbourhood, argues Antonio Missiroli of the European Policy Centre. This is mainly due to the …More

May 15, 2007 | Gabriel N. Toggenburg on the New EU Fundamental Rights Agency

The new EU Fundamental Rights Agency (EFRA) could improve the EU’s human rights policy and help create closer cooperation with other human rights institutions like the Council of Europe, says Gabriel N. …More

May 1, 2007 | Europe Is Staring at False Choices

Constanze Stelzenmüller: Europe can overcome its self-doubt by defining national citizenship more generously and assuming the global role its citizens want to see. …More

April 30, 2007 | The Vision Thing: Why Leadership Matters in Europe

Jan Techau: I point to the blind spot in current EU policy: most of today’s EU leaders do not bring the interests of their constituents to the table. If Europeans are to cooperate on challenges such as climate change and energy security, they must be able to act as one. …More

April 17, 2007 | Simon Tisdall on Turkey's Rising Self-Confidence and EU Shortsightedness

The EU decision in December 2006 to suspend talks on Turkey’s membership has deepened Turkish disillusionment with the EU, writes journalist Simon Tisdall. There are questions in Turkey as to whether it …More

April 12, 2007 | Katerina Rüdiger on an Aging Europe

The European Policy Centre’s Katerina Rüdiger argues that Europe’s rapidly aging population should be seen not as a threat, but as an opportunity for reform. Besides trying to counteract demographic trends, national governments as well as …More


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