Articles on European Strategy

From Iran to North Korea, German policymakers are at a loss (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 12 January 2018

Postwar German foreign policy is based on cooperation, rules and trust, not power, interest and threat. But with crises from Iran to North Korea likely to be play out the old-fashioned way, that approach looks naive.

Dancing with the bear: Macron in China (Commentary)

François Godement - 12 January 2018

In different ways, Macron and Xi exemplify the rise of individual authority and personal aura over party politics.

Navigating the Eastern Flank without Germany? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 15 December 2017

German relegation of security and defence to non-core issues leaves European observers puzzling where Germany is heading, and how far it can be relied upon.

Poland’s facelift to win back friends in Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 11 December 2017

It will take more than superficial changes to alter the course of Poland’s relationship with Europe.

Time for the Sleeping Beauty to wake (Commentary)

Enrique Mora Benavente - 15 November 2017

Whether Europe will be able to make a difference in foreign policy depends on whether member states can fulfil PESCO’s commitments.

The long and winding road to Jamaica (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 November 2017

The indications are this new German government will struggle to take advantage of the foreign policy opportunities presented by this election.

Attribution is what states make of it (Commentary)

Stefan Soesanto - 30 October 2017

It is high-time for the Europeans to wake up from their hopes and dreams to build norms and rules for state behaviour in cyberspace.

What are the dynamics between EU heavyweights in the face of Brexit? (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 16 August 2017

The Franco-German axis, the Big Three and the Weimar Triangle, are all well-known constellations of European heavyweights. ECFR’s EU28 Survey allows for dissecting the complex relations within ‘the Big Six’, evaluating these and other bilateral and trilateral inter-group relationships in the face of the Brexit.

The UN GGE is dead: Time to fall forward (Commentary)

Stefan Soesanto & Fosca D'Incau - 15 August 2017

The top down UN GGE process appears dead in the water. International norms and laws for responding to cyber attacks must now be built from the bottom up.

Germany’s New Power of the Purse (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 02 August 2017

Berlin's firmer line on Turkey confirms Germany's status as a major economic power.