The bloc should reframe the international debate on energy security to focus on clean energy resources and efficiency, engaging in the market reforms needed to incentivise this shift
If the EU is to achieve its climate and geopolitical goals, it will need to substantially increase its engagement with Gulf states on the European Green Deal
The Egyptian regime has become somewhat more open to discussing matters such as human rights than Western capitals sometimes assume
A majority of European citizens believe a new cold war with both China and Russia is under way – but they mostly do not think that their own country is involved
The election to the German Bundestag on 26 September 2021 will have repercussions far beyond Germany. Whoever succeeds Angela Merkel will have a decisive influence on whether and how the country positions itself as a leading power in Europe in the coming years.
ECFR works toward advancing this debate and having a role in shaping the foreign policy agenda of the next German government.
Paradoxically, to fulfil many Europeans’ expectations, Berlin will need to revise the principles of Merkelism that created this trust
How can the next German government build up Europe’s strength against economic coercion?
To prosper and maintain their independence in a world of geopolitical competition, the EU needs to learn to think like a geopolitical power
The project strives to engage citizens across Europe and generate a wide debate about the purpose of European power in the twenty-first century
Through polling in EU member states, ECFR’s analysis seeks to unlock shifting coalitions in Europe that favour a more internationally engaged union
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The EU risks losing the confidence of developing nations when it comes to the green transition. But it can bridge this trust gap, if it takes action at COP26 and beyond.
Europeans need to pay closer attention to Russia’s growing opportunities to sell gas to China and other countries in Asia – otherwise they could be left even more at Moscow’s mercy
Sudan’s civilian protest movement is fighting for democracy. Europe can play a decisive role, but to do so its condemnation must come with consequences.
The selection of a lead opposition candidate in Hungary is a promising sign for the strength of democracy in Europe. Democrats throughout the EU should lend their support to restoring the rule of law.
Western observers are despairing at the lack of progress on Iran nuclear talks. But the Raisi administration and the Iranian people both want sanctions relief to help the economy – meaning there is still cause for optimism.
In the wake of Iraq’s parliamentary election, European states should be highly cautious about publicly engaging with Iraqi policy on armed groups. They should only help Baghdad deal with this issue following a direct request.
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The EU needs a new dedicated Chief Security Officer, an official whose job would be to “security proof” everything the bloc does
ECFR Council member Wolfgang Ischinger calls for a stronger and more coherent view on security to ensure that all new EU policies and regulations add to European security
[Poland represents] a test case as to whether a legal system in which the independence of the judiciary is not given can be tolerated in the EU
Piotr Buras fears that Poland’s behaviour could change the nature of the EU and undermine its foundations
It is a crucial moment in the dispute between the EU and the Polish government. No one can or should walk away from it now.
The European Court of Justice imposed new fines on Poland: Piotr Buras comments in German TV
Becoming the Gulf countries’ main partner on green hydrogen would give Europe huge commercial and geopolitical advantages
Cinzia Bianco’s comment on the need of a European cooperation with the Gulf on the green dossier
Regional organisations have proliferated in Africa, with many organisations attempting to address similar issues in similar parts of the continent. Europeans should take stock of the situation they have helped create.
It will take more than just strong support from France, Germany, and the Netherlands to ensure that the new EU strategy for the Indo-Pacific is effective in the long term
Europe’s covid-19 experience has been a tale of two pandemics – and the differences in each story could haunt the continent for many years to come
Lebanon is home to key strategic interests for the EU, which does not want another failed state on the Mediterranean
Russia’s capacity to carry out large-scale military operations against Black Sea states allows it to coerce and extort them
The EU’s approach to foreign policy and economic policy needs to account for the fact that, globally, the space between the two areas is increasingly narrow