Articles on European Sovereignty

Rocking the boat: The Macron method (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 08 November 2019

The thread that runs through most of Macron’s speeches and declarations is European strategic sovereignty: he fears that Europe will be marginalised in a world in which authoritarian powers are rising.

Another fine mess: Syria after the US exit (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey & Jeremy Shapiro - 16 October 2019

Turkey’s invasion means Europeans can no longer be bystanders to Syria. They must now take three urgent steps.

There’s only one way to “just get it done” (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 07 October 2019

The UK’s European partners should grant it another extension in the Brexit negotiations. The horror show of the last three years has deflated much of the public’s belief in British exceptionalism.

Tricks of the trade (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 13 September 2019

Trade policy is set to become one of the key tools of Ursula von der Leyen’s “union that strives for more”. But securing support from national governments and European citizens will be a challenge.

A fistful of dollars: Europe and US sanctions (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich & Mark Leonard - 15 August 2019

The European Union needs an Office for Financial Asset Control to defend its home industry against sanctions

Nothing to see here: Europe and the INF treaty (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 05 August 2019

Europeans have responded to the death of the INF treaty with seeming indifference - and are expressing their reluctance to accept that nuclear issues are back on the agenda

Can Europe become a global player? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 23 July 2019

As the nominee to serve as the EU's next high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell will have an opportunity to update Europe's approach to foreign policy. Chief among the challenges facing the bloc is the reassertion of its own sovereignty in an age of great-power politics.

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

Seven trials for von der Leyen (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 18 July 2019

Seven key challenges lie ahead of von der Leyen who will have to invent a magic formula to solve the political puzzles of the European Union