Articles on European Strategy

Idealpolitik or Realpolitik: Germany’s new old foreign policy debate (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 25 June 2015

Germany’s obsessive debate between a value-based and an interest-based foreign policy has returned

G7 summitry – reborn but still the same (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 11 June 2015

Myths and symbolism have accompagnied the fundamental transformation of the gathering.

Europe’s soft political revolution is Germany’s nightmare (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 28 May 2015

If the relationship German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU President Donald Tusk have built won’t last, a pillar of Germany’s architecture for the EU will crumble.

"Over and over again" (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 05 March 2015

The extension of the eurozone’s assistance programme for Greece dominates the European debate in Germany and links eurozone politics to the future of Europe. 

The Greek compromise (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 25 February 2015

To applause back home, Germany succeeded in conceding little to Greece – but the result might be future chaos.

Scorecard 2015: Sweden’s hollow victory? (Commentary)

Roderick Parkes - 16 February 2015

Sweden's second-place ranking in the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 may say more about European weakness than about Swedish success.

Scorecard 2015: The Dutch remain pragmatic in an emotional year (Commentary)

Dina Pardijs - 13 February 2015

The Netherlands got things done in 2014, but remained careful to protect their economy and relations with powerful allies.

Scorecard 2015: Spain’s two foreign policy tracks (Commentary)

Álvaro Imbernón - 12 February 2015

Despite renewed leadership in some areas, Spain failed to engage fully on some of the defining foreign policy issues of 2014.

France blazes a lonely trail (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 11 February 2015

France did not seem inclined to build coalitions on foreign policy in 2014, preferring to go it alone – which made it less effective as a foreign policy leader.