Articles on EU instruments

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)

Buras, Piotr & 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

Europe's Iran dilemma (Commentary)

Barnes-Dacey, Julien & Ellie Geranmayeh - 02 November 2018

On Sunday, November 4, far-reaching sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran and its oil sector. The European Union is trying to preserve a version of the deal, but the recent incidents in Denmark and France have heightened the tensions. 

The power of the blacklist: The European Parliament’s proposed Magnitsky Act (Commentary)

Clara Portela - 19 July 2018

Sergei Magnitsky's death inspired the US to enact a law blacklisting individuals and seizing their assets. The EU is jumping on the bandwagon. 

Londongrad and beyond: UK foreign policy and the fight against corruption (Commentary)

Chris Raggett - 19 July 2018

The UK’s flawed anti-corruption regime has an impact on its global role. A new round of reforms could help strengthen the rule of law at home and abroad.