European states face accusations of neglecting the matter of human rights in their southern neighbourhood, and even of being complicit. Yet they are failing to maximise the influence they could bring to bear.
Without a doubt, 2021 will prove one of the most important years in the history of the European Union. To consider how Europeans should respond to the issues facing them, ECFR’s Council Members – Europe’s leading decision-makers, opinion-shapers, and public intellectuals – will gather together on 9-10 of December in Berlin for ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting (ACM).
The young and the restless: Europe, Russia, and the next generation of diplomats in the Eastern Partnership
Young diplomats in Eastern Partnership countries are optimistic and pro-European. Many of them want the EU to become a bolder geopolitical actor.
Russia is mobilising its forces, but much more covertly than in the past. Moscow’s belief that the EU and US will not step in to protect Ukraine could lead it to take direct military action.
What does the German coalition agreement say about foreign policy issues, China, defence and security?
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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Protectionism is not the answer. European countries must build public support for strategic openness.
Divergences are growing between the demands of Sudan’s powerful protest movement and the approach taken by the international community. Both can offer solutions, but they need to move quickly.
COP26 concluded on 13 November with the Glasgow Climate Pact, an agreement that sets out the next phase of the fight against climate change. The pact may have disappointed many, but views of it vary a great deal depending on where you sit. Below, experts from three of ECFR’s offices – in Rome, Paris, and Berlin – discuss the implications of the deal.
The EU and UK should strengthen their climate commitments to unlock enhanced global climate action ahead of COP27
It has taken three general elections for change to come in Bulgaria – but this week’s parliamentary vote gives cause to hope for genuine action on corruption
Emmanuel Macron shook French politics from top to bottom. To show he did not bring the house down, he will quickly need to defend his record and reach out to lost voters.
Our experts are available for media requests. Our work involves many issues relating to Europe and foreign policy, and our programmes focus on Africa, Asia, the Middle East & North Africa, and Wider Europe.
When Turkey is left alone in the room with Russia, its hand is not as strong as it once thought
Asli Aydintasbas comments on the new regional power balances as American and European powers retreat
Instead of copying other powers, the coalition should do a better job of highlighting Germany’s strengths
Mark Leonard writes about his vision for the new German government’s foreign policy
The agreement between Italy and France shows that the EU is not composed only of Berlin and Paris and that France has no intention of acting unilaterally
Mathilde Ciulla analyzes the Italian-French partnership expressed in the “Quirinale Treaty”
The new government is taking office in a situation that has been heating up on multiple fronts. And when it comes to foreign policy, Olaf Scholz remains a bit of an enigma.
Jana Puglierin shares her thoughts on Olaf Scholz
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.
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 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
Russia’s capacity to carry out large-scale military operations against Black Sea states allows it to coerce and extort them
The new reality that Facebook and other companies are building brings immense possibilities but also dangers. It is a business with religious overtones.