Articles on European Power

Making the case for a 'federation lite' (Commentary)

Marco de Andreis - 03 May 2012

The European financial crisis has refocused the debate on the nature of Europe’s political union. Emma Bonino and Marco de Andreis make the case that a ‘lite’ version of federation may provide a viable and practical solution to the euro crisis. 


Summit-time blues (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 02 May 2012

The coming season of grand international summits means the problems of the Eurozone will once again be thrust upon the global stage. But at least this time European leaders don't have to worry about Silvio Berlusconi.


Reinventing Europe: Explaining the Fiscal Compact (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 01 May 2012

How does the Fiscal Compact shape fiscal policy and austerity in the euro area and what can be done to make austerity in Europe less brutal? The development of a meaningful 'Growth Compact' may provide the best way forward.


Time to say basta to the nonsense of austerity (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 01 May 2012

Citizens across Europe are being asked to replace politics and economics with a sheer act of faith in austerity. But it's clear that they are starting to feel the need to stop this nonsense, and European leaders need to take this seriously.


Preparing for President Hollande (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 24 April 2012

The prospect of a victory by François Hollande may be causing nervousness in Berlin and elsewhere, but the socialist candidate in the French presidential elections is a natural compromise-builder, and Europe should have no real reason to fear his victory.


France deserves better than this (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 20 April 2012

As France votes in the first round of its presidential elections, the French people have been denied an analytically, politically honest and comprehensive engagement by the politicians with the real issues at hand in France and Europe.


Poland: fully engaged in Europe (Commentary)

Radosław Sikorski - 17 April 2012

Deeper EU integration is a sensible way forward but Poland will not support the institutionalisation of a two-speed Europe. The imperative for closer cooperation between the euro zone members should not be a means of dismantling the EU.


BRICS may find common ground, but India must stand up for itself (Commentary)

Parag Khanna - 29 March 2012

This week's BRICS summit may be a shop window for the potency of the world's rapidly rising global powers, but on closer inspection there is a startling lack of unity between them.


Reinventing Europe: Czech lessons for small countries (Commentary)

- 28 March 2012

As part of the ‘Reinvention of Europe’ project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states about the crisis and the future direction of Europe. The second paper in the series examines the Czech situation.


Fog in Moscow (Commentary)

Jana Kobzova - 22 March 2012

Vladimir Putin is set to reassume the reins of power in the Kremlin. But what will Russia's foreign policy be, and how should the European Union and its member states react?