European Council on Foreign Relations

ECFR this week: 19 September 2014

Scotland has voted no to independence but ECFR Director Mark Leonard says the political trends in Scotland are also reshaping many nations that do not face imminent break-up. In his commentary “Why Scotland looks like the canary in the independence coal mine”, he points out the changing nature of self-government and nationalism and notes that the dynamics of the Scottish campaign are increasingly true of many other democracies where established parties huddle together to defend the current order from insurgent political forces that paint themselves as popular tribunes in the face of entrenched elites. 
Edouard Tétreau, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of ECFR’S Paris office, writes that EU member states trying to protect their own economic and strategic interests have “rendered Europe neglected and negligible”. He argues that for the first time since the fall of the Berlin Wall

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ECFR this week: 8th February

This week we followed up the publication of our European Foreign Policy Scorecard with the first of a series of events across Europe examining the implications of our findings.

The event at ECFR’s London office featured Gideon Rachman, Spyros Economides, Heather Grabbe, and Scorecard 2013 author Susi Dennison, and focused on Britain and European foreign policy. Heather suggested that uncertainty over the future of Britain meant that its interests were already starting to be discounted in Brussels while Gideon Rachman argued that Britain's foreign policy could also thrive outside the EU. You can listen to the entire event on our website.

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ECFR this week: 1st February

This week we published the third edition of our European Foreign Policy Scorecard - a comprehensive evaluation of European foreign policy. The ECFR Scorecard analyses Europe’s successes and failures in 79 foreign policy issues -  and it looks at the performance of individual EU member states: On what issues and in which regions did Europe succeed in projecting power? Which countries were the foreign policy leaders, which were the slackers that held back the rest? And what was the impact of the euro crisis on Europe’s global influence?

Click here to visit our dedicated Scorecard website where you can also find a range of videos and podcasts exploring the findings of the Scorecard. You can also download the ECFR Scorecard as a PDF - or as an ebook for your Kindle or other e-readers. Feel free to send us feedback or tweet your comments using the #ECFRscorecard hashtag.


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ECFR this week: 25th January

The big news in Europe this week was David Cameron’s speech on the UK and the European Union. Reactions to the speech varied wildly across the continent, and our own analysis reflected this.

Our Middle East/North Africa programme had a busy week with the Israeli elections and the ongoing situation in Mali and Algeria:

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ECFR this week: 18th January

This week we published “The new political geography of Europe” - a major essay collection that examines the impact of the eurocrisis on 14 EU member states. It shows how the reshuffling of Europe’s political geography is happening across four dimensions: Established elites are under extreme pressure, the division between core and periphery is growing, the core is fracturing and there seems to be no shared vision how to reinvent the European project.

We also recorded a podcast and a video with Nicholas Walton who explains the main findings of the report. You can download "The new political geography of Europe” as a pdf or as an ebook for you e-reader (epub) or kindle (mobi).

Events in Mali and Algeria have dominated his week’s foreign policy agenda. François Godement argues that the Mali conflict has caught the EU asleep at the wheel. However, with support from across the Union

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