Articles on European Power

European failure and how to avoid it (Commentary)

Andre Wilkens - 18 October 2011

The European Union’s combination of crises - of finance, politics, and identity - makes the once unthinkable a real prospect: Europe is not "too big to fail". What then should concerned Europeans do to ensure their continent's survival and progress?


Europe's multipolar neighbourhood (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 October 2011

The upheavels in North Africa are further evidence that the EU's neighbourhood has fundamentally changed, both to the south and to the east. In response, the EU needs to develop a real foreign policy to deal with this increasingly competitive region.


Marching towards disintegration (Commentary)

Jan Zielonka - 03 October 2011

How might European disintegration play out if we do not learn from past folly? Uncontrolled collapse, a decisive jump forward leading to a big step back, or disintegration in disguise due to benign neglect?


It's CSDP - or live in a world run by others (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 13 September 2011

In a response to an article by Jan Techau attacking Common Security and Defence Policy, Nick Witney argues that Europe can and must take on more shared responsibility for its own security in the multipolar 21st century.


Why China wants a G3 world (Commentary)

Parag Khanna & Mark Leonard - 12 September 2011

Despite the fashionable talk about BRICS and the G2 of Washington and Beijing, we really now live in a G3 world that combines US military power and consumption, Chinese capital and labour, and European rules and technology.


Europe’s options: brew beer or reform (Commentary)

Nicholas Walton - 30 August 2011

The European financial crisis is not just about the immediate debt problem: it's about Europe's longer term viability in a more competitive world. For the sake of future European generations we need to start the hard bargaining process over real and painful reforms straight away.


Should the euro be abolished? (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 29 July 2011

In this contribution to an online Economist debate on the future of the euro, Thomas Klau argues that the single currency is indispensible if Europe is to punch its weight on the global stage in the 21st century.


Can the EU do less good in the world? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 25 July 2011

Understandably, European governments are rethinking their aid budgets in the light of the economic crisis. But any cuts to aid and foreign ministry budgets should be judged according to results rather than a simple cost calculation.


Two challenges for Europe's politicians (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 21 July 2011

The longer term challenges for Europe's politicians are to contest real power at a European level and be honest with voters about the issues confronting the continent in the 21st century.


True Europeans now need a 'Plan B' (Commentary)

George Soros - 12 July 2011

In an article for the Financial Times, George Soros argues that European leaders now need to search for an alternative to the crisis that has spread across Europe. This 'Plan B' for Europe will be a European solution, rather than the national solutions that so many are looking for.