Articles on EU instruments

Seven worrying trends in the European refugee crisis (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 13 October 2016

EU leaders could soon come to regret having crossed their fingers and moved the refugee crisis off the urgent pile in their in-tray

EU indecision on UN Secretary General choice plays to Russia’s advantage (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 19 September 2016

There are still, for now, some very serious European contenders with real chances of success. 

European defence: More smoke, but will there be fire? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 September 2016

There are plenty of ways Europe can improve defence co-ordination – if its leaders truly want to move down this path. The determining factor will be political will in national capitals.

Stopping migration is impossible; managing it is smarter (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 09 September 2016

Simple, practical solutions for the migration problem exist. Europe just needs organisation. 

The Apple tax bill is not protectionism (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 02 September 2016

International conflicts are inevitable when governments challenge the excesses of multinational corporations.

European security concerns bring Russian mafia back onto agenda (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 25 July 2016

For Moscow, Russian-based criminal networks provide an unconventional asset in the geopolitical struggle with the West.

Western solidarity with Ukraine: Do it yourself (Commentary)

Jana Kobzova - 15 July 2016

Kyiv is making a dangerous mistake in confusing western solidarity with unconditional support for the Ukrainian government and its policies.

Passing the buck? Berlin and the 2016 NATO Summit (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 15 July 2016

For now, Germany can live with the results of the NATO summit in Warsaw. But if Germany's allies want an engaged partner on defence matters, they will need to engage in active public diplomacy to avoid German retrenchment. 

Brexit and defence: Time to dust off the 'letter of intent'? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 July 2016

In the absence of a comprehensive framework for post-Brexit defence cooperation between the UK and EU 27, the forgotten Letter of Intent agreement could provide a useful stop-gap.

Eastern extravaganzas (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 11 July 2016

Political vagaries, a hatred of the elite, corruption and staunch nationalism divide Eastern Europe between populists and liberals.