Articles on View from the Capitals

After the Paris Massacre: fighting back with restraint (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 08 January 2015

‘Fighting back’ may actually require the exercise of self-restraint – and a disciplined demonstration of tolerance and openness.

After the Paris Massacre: the trouble within Islam (Commentary)

François Godement - 08 January 2015

To describe the victims at Charlie Hebdo as provocateurs or as anti-Islam, or to argue that perhaps French society have brought on this plague, misses the point entirely.

How should Europe respond to Russia? The German view (Commentary)

Markus Wehner - 18 November 2014

Germany’s willingness to enter into dialogue is explained by the fact that it feels a special responsibility towards Russia stemming from complicated history.

How should Europe respond to Russia? The Finnish view (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 18 November 2014

The EU must remain unified in its approach to Russia, and must defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its eastern partners.

How should Europe respond to Russia? The Spanish view (Commentary)

Nicolás de Pedro - 18 November 2014

Spain's cautious approach regarding the Ukraine crisis is rooted in a complex cluster of factors, including geographic distance and economic ties with Russia.

How should Europe respond to Russia? The Italian view (Commentary)

Nathalie Tocci - 18 November 2014

The Ukraine crisis has marked a gradual structural shift in Italian foreign policy towards Russia.

How should Europe respond to Russia? The Polish view (Commentary)

Marek Menkiszak - 18 November 2014

The crisis in Ukraine is not about the rights of ethnic Russians, but rather Moscow's desire to destabilise Ukraine and re-establish strategic control of the region.

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

Dimitar Bechev & Silvia Francescon & Ulrike Guérot & Thomas Klau & José Ignacio Torreblanca & Mark Leonard & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 21 November 2012

On Thursday EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss the EU budget for the next seven years. ECFR experts in Spain, the UK, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany and Italy tell us what to expect. 


The EU summit: View from the capitals (Commentary)

ECFR - 17 October 2012

In the run-up to the EU summit in Brussels this Thursday, ECFR staff members from Paris, Berlin, Rome, Warsaw, Madrid and London have contributed to our “View from the Capitals” series. What do our experts think of the respective national positions ahead of the European Council, and what are the governments most concerned about?