The gap between the EU’s rhetorical and actual commitment to democracy and human rights could lead to growing international scepticism about the EU’s role on the global stage
Pro-European Boris Tadic may have regained the Serbian presidency, but his country remains sharply divided and the fight for its European future is not over. The EU should think hard about ways to support the pro-democracy camp.
The EU is increasingly detached from efforts to stabilise Iraq. But EU governments cannot afford to ignore the situation there, and should use the year ahead to identify strategies to assist Iraq alongside the next US administration.
Gordon Brown, like many of his EU counterparts, focussed on national interests and commercial contracts in his China trip last week. But EU leaders need to work together not compete with each other to benefit from China’s rise.
New ECFR report, to be published on Monday 21 January, criticises European efforts in Afghanistan and calls for a “grand bargain” between the United States and the EU to avert failure
After six-and-a-half years of war and the biggest NATO operation in history, Afghanistan remains in the throes of insurgency and President Hamid Karzai’s government is perilously weak. The EU needs to get a reality check, and fast.
The truth is that the global oil market isn’t falling apart. It continues to be globally integrated and highly liquid, and access to it requires no diplomatic or military capacity.
A short overview about the themes and some of the projects the Berlin ECFR office will be working on in 2008
Despite recent problems, Macedonia’s record is still “best in class” and its Euro-Atlantic integration should continue posthaste
A series of recommended texts on Afghanistan