Articles on European Power

The euro crisis: a Spanish perspective (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca & Jose M. de Areilza - 26 June 2012

As part of ECFR's 'Reinvention of Europe' project, the authors examine the euro crisis from the perspective of Spain, and argue that new powers must be transfered to the EU alongside an improvement in democratic governance and the acceptance of a new European social contract.


Europe will leave G20 with a unilateral future (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 June 2012

Europeans are strongly in favor of global governance when it is a process they inflict on others, but they are not so keen when others comment on Europe’s affairs. So, is Europe losing its religion on multilateralism?


Three Elements for a European Recovery Strategy (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 21 June 2012

Growth will not be created with marginal policy measures - we need a fundamental change of the current policy mix. An end to extreme austerity, more public investment and a reform of the financial system must be at the core of a EU growth strategy.


The dark flip-side of European technocracy (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 01 June 2012

The elitist and technocractic nature of German politics means that the case for European integration is not being made to the German people. Worryingly this is also giving an opportunity for anti-EU populists to gain influence.


Reinventing Europe: Italy, a country in receivership (Commentary)

Marco de Andreis & Silvia Francescon - 24 May 2012

As part of the ‘Reinvention of Europe’ project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states about the crisis and the future direction of Europe. The third paper in the series examines the situation in Italy.


Two dangerous myths about a 'Grexit' (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 17 May 2012

Two myths about a Greek exit from the euro have recently gained traction. Both are misguided and both are extremely dangerous. Here are the reasons why.


Beware the new Beijing-Berlin bond (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 16 May 2012

Europe’s relationship with Beijing will largely be determined by the emerging “special relationship” between China and Germany. However, the rest of Europe must find ways to help Germany be a good European in its relationship with China – or risk being cut out of the loop.


Hollande has reinvented politics in Europe (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 08 May 2012

The implosion of Greece's party political landscape and the victory of François Hollande in France transformed the political debate in Europe. Moreover, both events act as a catalyst for a political reinvention of the eurozone and an emergence of a transnational political space.


Germany: What Hegemon? (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani - 08 May 2012

Since the beginning of the euro crisis, there has been much discussion of actual or potential German “hegemony” in Europe. But Germany's self-centeredness and short-term thinking disqualify it as a hegemon.


Making the case for a 'federation lite' (Commentary)

Marco de Andreis - 03 May 2012

The European financial crisis has refocused the debate on the nature of Europe’s political union. Emma Bonino and Marco de Andreis make the case that a ‘lite’ version of federation may provide a viable and practical solution to the euro crisis.