Articles on European Power

Europe’s options: brew beer or reform (Commentary)

- 30 August 2011

The European financial crisis is not just about the immediate debt problem: it's about Europe's longer term viability in a more competitive world. For the sake of future European generations we need to start the hard bargaining process over real and painful reforms straight away.


Should the euro be abolished? (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 29 July 2011

In this contribution to an online Economist debate on the future of the euro, Thomas Klau argues that the single currency is indispensible if Europe is to punch its weight on the global stage in the 21st century.


Can the EU do less good in the world? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 25 July 2011

Understandably, European governments are rethinking their aid budgets in the light of the economic crisis. But any cuts to aid and foreign ministry budgets should be judged according to results rather than a simple cost calculation.


Two challenges for Europe's politicians (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 21 July 2011

The longer term challenges for Europe's politicians are to contest real power at a European level and be honest with voters about the issues confronting the continent in the 21st century.


True Europeans now need a 'Plan B' (Commentary)

George Soros - 12 July 2011

In an article for the Financial Times, George Soros argues that European leaders now need to search for an alternative to the crisis that has spread across Europe. This 'Plan B' for Europe will be a European solution, rather than the national solutions that so many are looking for.


The EU in the doldrums: we need to hit the right nails (Commentary)

François Godement - 19 May 2011

In a response to José Ignacio Torreblanca's recent article, 'Five reasons why Europe is cracking', Francois Godement argues that Europeans do have a chance to tackle the current malaise, but only if they search hard and identify the real causes of the continent's woes.


A microcosm of Europe (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 09 October 2007

What would happen if all of Europe were brought together in one room? This weekend an ambitious 'deliberative poll' will help us find out.