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Acting as one: Europe’s diplomatic service

With the Lisbon Treaty still to be ratified, discussions of the EEAS are limited and proposals modest. But the EEAS could bring a revolutionary improvement in the EU’s ability to act abroad – if bold thinking is allowed.

Why EU leaders should not stare into Medvedev’s eyes

In 2000, George Bush looked into Putin’s eyes and claimed he had found a soulmate for the West. Today, Western leaders may be about to repeat the same mistake with Dmitry Medvedev.

A united Europe must stand up to Russia

The Russian presidential election is such a cliffhanger. Will it be the rising star Dmitry “Obamovich” Medvedev? Or the veteran Gennady “McCainovich” Zyuganov? Aren’t we on the edge of our seats?

Franco-British defence cooperation – a historic crossroads?

The Brown-Sarkozy summit in late March will offer a great opportunity to boost defence cooperation between the UK and France. But real progress will require a determined exercise of will by the two leaders.

Don’t mention the war

European defence chiefs should help improve the EU’s lacklustre performance in Afghanistan

Kosovo: Between Kiribati and Kuwait

Kosovo?s independence will require restraint and calm by all parties. Even so, it will present a number of key challenges for the EU.

Boycotting the China Olympics

Spielberg was right to step down but governments should look at China’s policies within a historical context, and have a strategy for influencing Beijing beyond the summer of 2008

Democratic Asia changes course

In the past few years, almost all of East Asia’s fully fledged democracies have changed leadership – but this has gone rather unnoticed by European observers who focus on China alone

What does China think?

China is emerging not just as an economic giant, but as a powerhouse of ideas about politics, economics and world order. Its own model of globalisation could re-shape much of the world.