Articles on Europe and the world

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.

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.

4 ways Europeans should respond to the Lebanon and Iraq protests (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 08 November 2019

Europeans can help the Lebanese and Iraqi people achieve their reform goals. Here’s how.

European foreign fighters in Syria: The cost of inaction (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 15 October 2019

Repatriation remains the most effective way for EU member states to assess each case, prosecute jihadists where necessary, and interrogate returnees to learn more about ISIS methods and plans.

Spreading the good news: Trump’s diplomacy by individual cash payment (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 10 September 2019

The Trump administration transcends international diplomatic niceties in its use of individual payments, but geopolitical love is not always bought

Europe should do better on Venezuela (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 22 February 2019

The EU has taken constructive steps to address the crisis in Venezuela, but the lack of a common European position could threaten progress towards a peaceful transition of power. 

Brexit disorder: Corbyn and May (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 22 January 2019

The British prime minister and the leader of the oppositions are stuck in cynicism and opportunism

Top ten foreign policy trends in 2019 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 03 January 2019

Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2019

Mad maximalism: The fight to dislodge Iran from Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 July 2018

As the war in Syria continues the focus is now on rooting out Iran rather than ousting Assad