Articles on ECFR Council

The Strait of Hormuz: A matter of European policy and European solidarity (Commentary)

Norbert Röttgen - 12 August 2019

Europe needs to ensure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz independently of the US - and avoid escalating conflict

Europe risks irrelevance in the age of great power competition (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 22 July 2019

An unpredictable US, rising China and revanchist Russia pose serious strategic challenges 

Prominent Europeans call for change in approach to EU foreign policy (Commentary)

- 22 July 2019

Now that Ursula von der Leyen has been appointed European Commission President, European governments must turn their focus on how Europe can stand up for itself and its citizens

Time for deputy prime ministers for European affairs (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 05 July 2019

Member states are seizing power back from Brussels – but instead they should be engaging ever more deeply

ECFR mourns the loss of Albert Rohan (Commentary)

Mark Leonard, Mabel van Oranje - 13 June 2019

Founding Council Member Albert Rohan has passed away at the age of 83

Open letter: The US and the Iran Nuclear Deal (Commentary)

- 09 May 2019

A European Joint Call on the US to Reconsider its Approach to the JCPOA. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it. 

Open letter: EU action for peace in Israel-Palestine (Commentary)

- 17 April 2019

An open letter by high-ranking former European Union officials urges Europe to reject a United States Middle East plan in the case that it promotes unequal rights between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it. 

Estonia’s cold conservative spring (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 21 March 2019

As the political climate in Estonia grows increasingly polarised, the radical right-wing EKRE party may enter a governing coalition for the first time. 

Hungary and the EU: When streetfighters enter coffee-houses (Commentary)

Tibor Dessewffy - 18 March 2019

Viktor Orbán may reject the EU’s way of doing things. But the political maelstrom he has helped unleash could equally see him floored

In Afghanistan, a fragile hope emerges (Commentary)

Vygaudas Ušackas - 01 February 2019

Should peace talks succeed, Europeans and other international partners will need to demonstrate staying power in times of peace as well as war