Articles on European Sovereignty

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.

Belgium’s integration blues (Commentary)

Simon Desplanque - 07 January 2019

Growing tensions on the left and the right have driven the country to adapt a more cautious stance towards European matters

The “European army”, a tale of wilful misunderstanding (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 03 December 2018

The European army concept is ambiguous - what do European leaders actually want to achieve? 

Taking back control: How European citizens are slowly gaining power (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 03 December 2018

Transfer of power to Brussels may weaken member states, but it empowers citizens - it is a pity EU citizens do not know their own power

The US and China are the closest of enemies (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 27 November 2018

 After years of economic symbiosis in which the US purchased low-cost Chinese imports and China purchased US Treasuries, China has begun to pursue the prerogatives of a superpower, and the US has responded in kind. As a result, both countries are becoming more alike, particularly in their belief that there can be only one winner.

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

Fighting words: The risks of loose talk about a “European army” (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 20 November 2018

'European army' is an empty phrase; what is actually needed is less talk and more action - more concrete projects to integrate defence efforts while avoiding careless talk

The foundation of a sovereign Europe (Commentary)

​Georgi Pirinski - 08 November 2018

European sovereignty can only be attained with the consent of its peoples, and with the protection of social solidarity and security, says Council Member Georgi Pirinski

Spending to defend: NATO and the EU’s new budget (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 06 November 2018

The European Union’s spending priorities in the next budget round could support both NATO’s changing defence requirements, and the EU’s standing with its own citizens, says ECFR Council Member Hanna Ojanen

Can Europe strengthen its “economic sovereignty”? (Commentary)

Daniel Daianu - 05 November 2018

ECFR Council Member Daniel Daianu sounds off on Europe's economic sovereignty, the risks of avoiding integration, and the need for strong political will