Articles on European Power

Control issues: The UK’s defence procurement woes (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 January 2020

The UK Ministry of Defence has shown a chronic lack of decision discipline, sometimes undermining its role in joint European projects.

Soleimani strike: Loosening future restraints on military action? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 07 January 2020

The drone strike against Soleimani marks a novel shift in targeted killing, dangerous to the global order.

Spain’s new culture war (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 January 2020

The inauguration of the most fragmented parliament since 1978 will usher in a period of culture war centring on national identity.

Top ten foreign policy trends in 2020 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 03 January 2020

Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2020

Your 2019 top ten on ECFR (Commentary)

Andreas Bock - 20 December 2019

ECFR readers’ top choices this year – all in one place.

Europe and China after Brexit: The 5G question (Commentary)

Janka Oertel - 19 December 2019

A decision looms for Britain on 5G and Huawei. London’s choice will signal whether it wishes to stay close to Europe when dealing with Beijing – or to go its own way.

Murder in Berlin: Not just Germany’s problem (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 19 December 2019

The Tiergarten hitman travelling freely across the Schengen area should prompt reflection in European capitals, and greater demands of Berlin to act. But a pan-European response remains unforthcoming.

The Green Deal will make or break Europe (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 17 December 2019

The European Union's new leadership has decided to invest much of its political capital in a plan to position Europe as the global leader in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. But if too many constituencies feel as though they are being sacrificed on a green alter, the plan will never even get off the ground.

Boris’s revenge: The coming assault on Britain’s democracy (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 16 December 2019

Boris Johnson could prove to be more Trump than Trump. But he may yet face resistance to turning Britain into “Singapore-on-Thames”

How grassroots democracy can cure the ills of central Europe (Commentary)

Zdeněk Hřib, Gergely Karácsony, Rafał Trzaskowski, Matúš Vallo - 16 December 2019

A new “Pact of Free Cities” is launching to combat populism, promote transparency, and tackle the climate crisis.