Articles on EU instruments

The Western Balkans’ statistical black hole (Commentary)

Tim Judah & Alida Vracic - 02 May 2019

How many people live in the Western Balkans? The unreliability of statistics on the region often makes it hard to tell. 

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

Helsinki at the helm: How Finland could lead reform in Europe (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 04 April 2019

Finland’s presidency of the EU this year may turn out to be more reformist than many expect – including even Finland itself

Trading with Iran via the special purpose vehicle: How it can work (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 07 February 2019

On 31 January, Germany, France and Britain announced the establishment of a special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating legitimate trade with Iran

Shaping Europe’s Present and Future (Commentary)

An Interview with Federica Mogherini, conducted by Mark Leonard - 11 January 2019

After a decade of economic and political crises, the project of European integration continues to face existential challenges. But while some observers worry about the EU’s future, its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is confident that through continued cooperation, Europeans can secure their interests even in an era of global upheaval.

Romania’s presidency of the EU: Good policy, bad politics (Commentary)

​Radu Magdin - 04 January 2019

The next six months will be tricky for the European Union, with Brexit, parliamentary elections, and the next budget. Is Romania up to the task of EU presidency during this time? 

COP24: an unexpected triumph of multilateralism (Commentary)

Edwin Bendyk - 21 December 2018

All the odds were against Katowice. But participants snatched partial victory from the jaws of total defeat

Nord Stream 2: ECFR opinions (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Josef Janning & Kadri Liik & Nicu Popescu - 20 December 2018

Nord Stream 2 is a contentious project - here, ECFR experts weigh in on the debate with an array of opinions on the topic

Investment screening: A victory for Europe (Commentary)

François Godement - 21 November 2018

This week, the EU reached a political agreement on a framework for screening foreign direct investment at unprecedented speed, and took a step forward in building trust

The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 13 November 2018

This is the time for EU and its member states to push for solutions to the Serbia-Kosovo landswap that have domestic support and that enhance wider stability in the region