European Strategy

Scorecard 2015: Sweden’s hollow victory?

Sweden's second-place ranking in the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 may say more about European weakness than about Swedish success

France blazes a lonely trail

France did not seem inclined to build coalitions on foreign policy in 2014, preferring to go it alone – which made it less effective as a foreign policy leader

Scorecard 2015: The view from Rome

Governmental upheaval limited Italy’s ability to lead on foreign policy, but it remained engaged in the southern neighbourhood and moved forward the debate on privacy and security.  

Britain is still a leader in European foreign policy

In spite of the rising tide of anti-European rhetoric, the UK’s diplomats are still cooperating with Europe and driving foreign policy initiatives within the EU framework

Scorecard 2015: The view from Berlin

Driven by a new sense of its own responsibility, Germany has stepped up to take the lead in European foreign policy

Can Poland remain a leader of EU foreign policy?

The Ukraine crisis pushed Poland to the forefront of EU diplomacy, but as Germany stepped up, Poland’s leadership was sidelined

Scorecard 2015: The view from Sofia

Bulgaria took few foreign policy initiatives in 2014 because of internal troubles, but the country made one tough decision in abandoning the South Stream pipeline project