Articles on European Sovereignty

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

The case for a sovereign Europe (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 01 July 2019

The EU's lack of sovereignty is becoming a threat. Against the Trump administration and in the face of emerging economic and technological markets, the EU risks lagging behind.

The end of “Chimerica” (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 25 June 2019

By threatening the survival of the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the Trump administration has put an end to speculation about a possible rupture between the United States and China. A full-scale decoupling between the world's two largest economies is now under way, and a new age of zero-sum competition is beginning.

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