Articles on European Sovereignty

Can the European Union find a stable equilibrium? (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 01 April 2019

Giving up sovereignty at the national level seems the only way to retain some kind of European sovereignty,  writes Sebastian Dullien in his farewell commentary for ECFR.

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

How to restore democracy in Venezuela (Commentary)

Felipe González and José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 February 2019

A conversation between Felipe González and José Ignacio Torreblanca on the situation in Venezuela and the legitimacy of Juan Guaidó’s claim to the presidency

The flawed bank redemption: Europe and the politics of money laundering (Commentary)

Chris Raggett - 06 February 2019

Europe urgently needs to get its house in order on money laundering – and win voters’ trust back in the process

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