EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICY SCORECARD 2015

Multilateral Issues and Crisis Management

European efforts at crisis management in 2014 were overshadowed by the EU’s inability to develop a coherent, effective, or humane policy on the thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. Over 200,000 people attempted to reach European shores by boat in 2014, straining the resources of economically depleted southern EU members such as Italy and Greece. Northern European governments, including the UK and Germany, shied away from authorising a concerted EU-wide response in spite of the thousands of migrants who died or suffered during the year.

Many of the migrants trying to reach Europe came from trouble spots such as Syria, Libya, and the Sahel. EU members’ efforts to stem conflicts in these places have been consistently insufficient. A shortage of humanitarian funding caused the UN to cut rations for Syrian refugees this winter. Only a small number of EU members, led by the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark, have been willing to offer military assets to back French and UN-led stabilisation operations in Mali. There was equally little enthusiasm for an EU military mission to CAR, which focused on securing a section of the capital, Bangui, while sectarian violence continued to claim lives elsewhere. [...]

 

Key Elements of the International System - Grade: B
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
53 - European policy at the UN (includes UNSC, GA, HRC, and UN reform) 4/5 4/5 3/10 11/20 B-
54 - European policy in the G8, G20, IMF, WTO 4/5 4/5 4/10 12/20 B-
55 - European policy on non-proliferation and the arms trade 4/5 5/5 7/10 16/20 A-

 

International Justice - Grade: B-
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
56 – European policy  on the ICC and ad international tribunals 4/5 3/5 4/10 11/20 B-

 

Humanitarian relief and migration crises - Grade: C+
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
57 – Humanitarian response to refugee crisis in Middle East 2/5 3/5 3/10 8/20 C
58 - Response to immigration crisis in Mediterannean 2/5 1/5 2/10 5/20 D+
59 – International Aid 2/5 4/5 6/10 12/20 B-
60 – Ebola 2/5 3/5 7/10 12/20 B-

 

Climate change - Grade: B
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
61 - Climate change 3/5 4/5 6/10 13/20 B

 

Peacekeeping - Grade: C+
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
62 - Mali 3/5 3/5 3/10 9/20 C+
63 – Somalia 4/5 4/5 8/10 16/20 A-
64 – The Sudans, DRC and CAR 2/5 2/5 2/10 6/20 C-
65 – Afghanistan 3/5 2/5 5/10 10/20 C+