Articles on European Sovereignty

Table scrap: Budget talks in a fragmented Europe (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 13 December 2019

It will be difficult for the member states that are most invested in the EU’s global role to prevent a reduction in the external portion of its budget.

Will Europe Ever Trust America Again? (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 03 December 2019

As Western leaders gather in London this week, you might be able to detect a huge rupture beneath the surface.

A very American crisis: Why Trump is still NATO’s biggest problem (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 02 December 2019

To all appearances, Macron and Erdogan are NATO’s latest troublemakers. But it is US indifference that enables their antics.

The makings of a “geopolitical” European Commission (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 28 November 2019

As if incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was not already inheriting a full plate of major challenges, she has also promised to reshape the EU into a “geopolitical” force to be reckoned with. To succeed, she will need to pass seven tests, in areas ranging from climate change to cyber security and competition policy.

Italy’s Libyan conundrum: The risks of short-term thinking (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli and Matteo Villa - 26 November 2019

By prioritising short-term gains in irregular migration and energy security, Italy and the EU have helped create an unsustainable security and political situation in Libya.

Farming versus foreign policy: The future of the EU budget (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 22 November 2019

The EU’s global role matters to member states, but investing in it is not political leaders’ top priority.

The Lost Promise of 1989 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 19 November 2019

As is often the case, deep historical shifts tend to show up first in popular culture, and only then in formal politics. That is why we should look at the complex legacy of 1989 not only in the formal celebrations being held in Berlin, but also in the stands of a soccer stadium in Sofia.

Belarus votes: Could its verdict matter? (Commentary)

Olga Dryndova - 15 November 2019

Belarus could be standing on the brink of change. The EU should not ignore events on its outer border – and, indeed, should look for new ways to engage its neighbour.

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.