Articles on European Strategy

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.

Scorecard 2015: The view from Rome (Commentary)

Silvia Francescon - 10 February 2015

Governmental upheaval limited Italy’s ability to lead on foreign policy, but it remained engaged in the southern neighbourhood and moved forward the debate on privacy and security.  

Britain is still a leader in European foreign policy (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 09 February 2015

In spite of the rising tide of anti-European rhetoric, the UK’s diplomats are still cooperating with Europe and driving foreign policy initiatives within the EU framework.

German foreign policy and the EU: Leader by default? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 05 February 2015

Germany became the leader of Europe’s foreign policy because of circumstance, not through its own design. 

Can Poland remain a leader of EU foreign policy? (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 05 February 2015

The Ukraine crisis pushed Poland to the forefront of EU diplomacy, but as Germany stepped up, Poland’s leadership was sidelined.

Scorecard 2015: The view from Sofia (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 04 February 2015

Bulgaria took few foreign policy initiatives in 2014 because of internal troubles, but the country made one tough decision in abandoning the South Stream pipeline project.

Germany leads Europe: Jettisoning the status quo (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 03 February 2015

The German question has emerged again, but this time, the answer will depend on whether Germany is willing to embrace its role as an agent of change.

Germany then and now (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 11 November 2014

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany needs to think about its way of exercising power within the EU – and what it hopes to achieve.