Articles on Jonas Parello-Plesner

What is Europe's role in Asia-Pacific? (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 11 March 2013

Europe does not have an automatic seat at the table in Asia Pacific and must therefore work harder to secure its own interests. However, on issues of trade and economics, the EU is clearly showing that it has a strategy that it is implementing.


Will Russia pivot East or West? (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 28 January 2013

Russia-watchers have long been interested in her place on the international arena. Now, with China at the centre of the growing power game, the question is how Russia will seek to position herself in the Pacific Century.


The weibo generation can reboot China (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 25 January 2013

Microblogs were almost nonexistent 10 years ago but have exploded since 2009. Although Weibo remains a public sphere full of restrictions, the weibo generation’s movers and shakers have swelled, creating a battle for public opinion in China.


The view from the capitals: the EU budget summit (Commentary)

Dimitar Bechev & Silvia Francescon & Ulrike Guérot & Thomas Klau & José Ignacio Torreblanca & Mark Leonard & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 21 November 2012

On Thursday EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss the EU budget for the next seven years. ECFR experts in Spain, the UK, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany and Italy tell us what to expect. 


Reinventing Europe: Denmark caught between ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ (Commentary)

Lykke Friis & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 24 October 2012

As part of the ’Reinventing Europe' project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states over the crisis and the future direction of Europe. In the tenth of the series Lykke Friis and Jonas Parello-Plesner analyse the situation in Denmark.


Beware the new Beijing-Berlin bond (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 16 May 2012

Europe’s relationship with Beijing will largely be determined by the emerging “special relationship” between China and Germany. However, the rest of Europe must find ways to help Germany be a good European in its relationship with China – or risk being cut out of the loop.


How to extend Burma’s Spring (Commentary)

Lykke Friis & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 20 April 2012

The EU is due to decide on Monday whether to lift sanctions against Burma. Instead of lifting all sanctions the EU should follow a gradual approach and focus on targeted assistance and an ambitious social-responsibility framework for European companies.


Grading the voice of Europe - Merkel in China (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 10 February 2012

Merkel’s recent visit to China was meant to assure Chinese risk-averse leaders that Europe is back on track. But the visit was also a part of the mosaic that makes up European foreign policy towards China.


Burma is changing, so where is Ashton? (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 19 January 2012

There are encouraging signs that the junta ruling Burma is starting to reform, and the country has been visited by Hillary Clinton and several top politicians from Europe. The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, also needs to pay Burma a visit, and soon.


Stop fretting about Beijing as a global policeman (Commentary)

Parag Khanna & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 05 January 2012

Last year was a tipping point in China's approach to the world, and expectations are rising that Beijing will shoulder ever greater responsibility on the global stage. But if China joins the US as a world policeman, should the rest of us be worried?