Articles on European Power

After the Berlin wall: How Germany became a greater Switzerland (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 November 2019

Berlin has turned punching below one’s weight into an art form. This is not good enough, either for Germany or for Europe.

National populism at the heart of Europe: When will the clash come? (Commentary)

Adam Balcer - 07 November 2019

National populism in central Europe is a serious threat to the European Union, deepening longstanding divides and harming the support citizens of the region give to the EU.  

Trading with the frenemy: Germany's China policy (Commentary)

Yasmin Samrai - 30 October 2019

While it is no longer complacent about Chinese influence, Germany has failed to craft a policy that effectively reassesses the balance of opportunities and risks.

Clumsy but useful? The German defence minister’s initiative for northern Syria (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 29 October 2019

The widely dismissed proposal can still serve a valuable purpose if it relaunches a debate on how Europe can act with long-overdue relevance in Syria.

The 5 craziest Trump foreign policy ideas (in the last three months) (Commentary)

Chris Raggett & Jeremy Shapiro - 28 October 2019

Has the world reached peak Trump yet? Doesn’t look like it 

After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Tara Varma - 25 October 2019

Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.

Brexit Weltschmerz: An era ends (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 24 October 2019

Britain helped bring modern, unified, and peaceful Germany into being. Its Brexit convulsions have trashed this historic reputation – probably for good.
 

A hard Brexit looms (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 21 October 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to have the momentum to get his Brexit deal over the line – and to follow up with a general election triumph while the electorate are still sighing with relief.

An unprecedented setback for Orbán: Hungary’s municipal elections (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 18 October 2019

The Orbán government will likely fuel conflict with newly appointed opposition mayors, taking every chance to portray them as incompetent.

 

The authoritarian entente: Sino-Russian security cooperation (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 October 2019

Sino-Russian arrangements for deepening cooperation on surveillance technology codify a process that has been going on for years.