Articles on Scorecard

Scorecard 2015: The view from Sofia (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 04 February 2015

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.

Germany leads Europe: Jettisoning the status quo (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 03 February 2015

The German question has emerged again, but this time, the answer will depend on whether Germany is willing to embrace its role as an agent of change.

French foreign policy: activism or leadership? (Commentary)

Jean-Marie Guéhenno - 07 March 2014

France seems to be one of the few EU member states that still has foreign-policy ambitions, but in order to to become a true leader in Europea, it needs learn to work with others.

Act tough, think big: time to end the European illusion (Commentary)

Maurice Fraser - 19 February 2014

If the EU wants to make its way towards serious credibility as an international actor, it must stop thinking exclusively in terms of soft power when it comes to foreign policy.

Why Europe should step up its efforts in Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 17 February 2014

European support for Libya is difficult because of a deteriorating security situation and lack of clear institutions, but it would have an important impact on the region.

Why Europe can’t leave Asia to the US (Commentary)

Richard Gowan & Hans Kundnani - 14 January 2014

Can Europeans safely ignore rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific? European policymakers may want to focus on their near neighbourhood and the transatlantic relationship but one way or the other they will have to deal with the fallout from rising tensions in Asia.

European defence: ten years on (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 19 December 2013

A  transformed world poses fundamental military and political questions that Europe's national leaders need to answer. Perhaps the most useful thing this week's summit could do is open the door to a thorough debate on the future of Europe's foreign policy.

Europe's foreign policy: Resilience meets mediocrity (Commentary)

Susi Dennison & Hans Kundnani - 05 March 2013

Europe’s image and soft power continues to fade around the world but Europe's foreign policy did not unravel in 2012. The EU managed to preserve the essence of its acquis diplomatique.

 

Does size matter? Small states and EU foreign policy (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 12 February 2013

The efforts of smaller states in 2012 give reason to hope that over time, the power that lies in the EU’s diversity could be unlocked and used to make the EU's foreign policy more effective.

 

Why the EU needs Britain (Commentary)

Nicholas Walton - 04 February 2013

In foreign policy the UK is already far more involved in Europe than its disengaged image would suggest. ECFR's European Foreign Policy Scorecard suggests that the UK is up there with Germany and France as a leader in European foreign policy.