Articles on Europe and the world

Europe’s fight for multilateralism: With or without the US? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 21 October 2020

Regardless of the US election’s outcome, Europe will face some difficult choices on how far liberal states should cooperate with illiberal ones in shaping the international order.

Do not expect a rush of arms sales to Iran (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 October 2020

A broad range of political and financial problems are likely to prevent Iran from importing advanced weapons systems in the coming years.

How the EU became marginalised in Nagorno-Karabakh (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 13 October 2020

EU diplomacy could facilitate a conflict settlement process by pressuring Armenia and Azerbaijan to start implementing the Madrid Principles.

How China could push Europe and India closer together (Commentary)

Manisha Reuter - 12 October 2020

India and Europe are both looking to free themselves from dependence on China. On questions of health and technology, they should be natural allies.

Europe’s double bind (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 01 October 2020

The covid-19 pandemic has exposed a gap between European aspirations and actions. If European leaders are serious about defending rules-based multilateralism and securing the European Union’s interests in the twenty-first century, they will need to start coming to terms with today’s geopolitical realities.

Broken shield: Privacy versus surveillance in Europe (Commentary)

Anu Bradford - 30 July 2020

In striking down the Privacy Shield, the European Court of Justice has halted transatlantic data flows and thrown global digital commerce into disarray.

A Schuman plan for the eastern Mediterranean (Commentary)

Anna Diamantopoulou - 23 July 2020

The EU should look to its own history as it aims to secure its own interests and resolve tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey and Europe: Growing tensions and a hot summer in the Mediterranean (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 23 July 2020

Europe needs a grand bargain with Turkey that can create a short- and longer-term conflict-resolution framework covering energy, maritime boundaries, the Cyprus conflict, and Libya.

An election in Belarus: How the West could support a marginalised opposition (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 21 July 2020

In the run-up to a difficult election for President Alexander Lukashenka, the three main opposition candidates have been excluded from the vote and there have been mass arrests. Western countries should try to deter further repression in Belarus without isolating the country.

China, Europe, and covid-19 headwinds (Commentary)

Janka Oertel - 20 July 2020

China’s attempts to divide Europeans during the crisis, along with its fierce and openly hostile rhetoric targeting the capacity of Western democracy to effectively respond to the health emergency, have served as a wake-up call.