Articles on European Strategy

Freeze, confiscate, restore? Swiss ideas for future EU sanctions (Commentary)

Clara Portela - 24 April 2019

Sanctions for ‘misappropriation’ have proved their worth in forging ties with new leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Ukraine. But it is time to strengthen them

Can the European Union find a stable equilibrium? (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 01 April 2019

Giving up sovereignty at the national level seems the only way to retain some kind of European sovereignty,  writes Sebastian Dullien in his farewell commentary for ECFR.

Italy's Chinese dilemma (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 20 March 2019

Ahead of Xi Jinping's visit to Italy, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has joined the long series of issues that divide Italy's ruling parties 

State of disunion: Europe, NATO, and disintegrating arms control (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 28 February 2019

Splits between Germany and Poland vis-à-vis Russia signal deeper divisions in the alliance, ones which threaten European security

Europe should do better on Venezuela (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 22 February 2019

The EU has taken constructive steps to address the crisis in Venezuela, but the lack of a common European position could threaten progress towards a peaceful transition of power. 

Russia, Germany, and the INF: Will Berlin break its silence? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 06 February 2019

Germany is not facing up to the INF challenge. If it does not take a lead, Russian nuclear superiority over Europe will soon be a done deal

The flawed bank redemption: Europe and the politics of money laundering (Commentary)

Chris Raggett - 06 February 2019

Europe urgently needs to get its house in order on money laundering – and win voters’ trust back in the process

What Europe should do about Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 28 January 2019

European states pushing to re-engage must not offer Assad cost-free re-legitimisation

Warsaw ‘Iran’ summit: What lies beneath (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Ellie Geranmayeh & Jeremy Shapiro - 24 January 2019

ECFR experts share their insight into the manouevres around next month’s US-Poland summit. What does it mean for the JPCOA, and what steps should European countries take in response?

How not to save the world: EU divisions at the UN (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 22 January 2019

Although their new friendship treaty does not call for an EU Security Council seat, France and Germany must pitch a compelling vision of multilateralism at the UN.