Articles on European Power

The Long Shadow of Ordoliberalism (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien & Ulrike Guérot - 27 July 2012

In its attempts to rescue the euro, Germany is often seen as the odd country out. However, what is seldom understood abroad is that the German position is about more than limiting its own fiscal exposure.


The end of the affair? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 25 July 2012

Four years after Barack Obama's landmark speech in front of a crowd of 200,000 in Berlin, the transatlantic alliance is fading fast. What went wrong?


A collective failure (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 17 July 2012

Although Mariano Rajoy is distancing himself from the latest package of austerity measures being imposed upon Spain, they are the ultimate aim of a collective failure that must be explained to the Spanish people.


The EU's Rights of Passage (Commentary)

Catherine Ashton - 09 July 2012

Putting the promotion of human rights at the centre of the EU's foreign policy is something I have focused on since I took up office. But to champion the kind of people that deserve our support requires that the EU overcome two key challenges, each one of which can undermine the struggle to build a better world. 


Merkel is our only hope (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 09 July 2012

The British debate on Germany and the euro should focus on understanding Merkel's technocratic ideas without invoking Hitler and the Second World War. The best way to get Germany to abandon its counterproductive economic reforms is to talk about a compelling European future, rather than dwelling on the past.


Terminating the European status quo (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 06 July 2012

It is becoming clear that the roots of the euro crisis are political rather than economic. The 2008 financial meltdown may well give birth to one of the great moments of political realignment where mainstream parties are being pushed to the sidelines and parties that used to skulk on the fringes are dominating the agenda.


Reinventing Europe: Bulgaria and the anxieties of incomplete membership (Commentary)

- 05 July 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 fourth paper in the series examines the situation in Bulgaria.


The EU summit: the view from the capitals (Commentary)

Marco de Andreis & Konstanty Gebert & François Godement & Ulrike Guérot & José Ignacio Torreblanca - 27 June 2012

How does the EU summit look from Berlin, Madrid, Rome and Warsaw, and what are the expectations? Four of ECFR's experts tell us how they see the gathering of EU leaders and whether anybody should be optimistic about the outcome.


The euro crisis: a Spanish perspective (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca & Jose M. de Areilza - 26 June 2012

As part of ECFR's 'Reinvention of Europe' project, the authors examine the euro crisis from the perspective of Spain, and argue that new powers must be transfered to the EU alongside an improvement in democratic governance and the acceptance of a new European social contract.


Europe will leave G20 with a unilateral future (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 June 2012

Europeans are strongly in favor of global governance when it is a process they inflict on others, but they are not so keen when others comment on Europe’s affairs. So, is Europe losing its religion on multilateralism?