Articles on Europe and the world

Iran: the year of living dangerously (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 25 January 2012

The European decision to tighten sanctions against Iran is correct. Careful, balanced and measured pressure on Tehran is necessary as we face a particularly dangerous year for relations with the Iranian regime.


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.


The year of the HUBRICS (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 12 January 2012

With Europe and much of the West facing a seemingly painful decline, attention continues to shift to the BRICS and the world's other rising powers. But are these countries overplaying their hands as the cracks begin to show in their economic virility?


Ten trends for 2012 (Commentary)

ECFR - 21 December 2011

After a frenetic 2011, what are the big trends that are going to shape Europe and the wider world in 2012? Here are ten that ECFR experts think are likely - and one widely predicted trend that we don't think will happen...


Václav Havel remembered (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 19 December 2011

A defining figure of late twentieth century Europe, Václav Havel, has died. Among his many roles he was an ECFR Council Member, and is being mourned by those who knew, respected and - sometimes - argued with him.


China's desert-dance in Libya (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 31 October 2011

As its international profile and interests grow, China's foreign policies - now those of a great power - are coming under increasing scrutiny. Here are the four fault lines that are forming in how Beijing deals with the world.


China plays hard ball (Commentary)

François Godement - 20 September 2011

Europe's economic troubles have forced it to continue looking to China for financing. But Beijing, which is thought to hold up to 30 percent of its reserves in euros, is driving an increasingly hard bargain.


Ten reasons for a European 'yes' (Commentary)

Martti Ahtisaari & Javier Solana - 19 September 2011

There are 10 good reasons for Europeans to support enhanced UN status for the Palestinians. There is also an eleventh reason: the 27 EU nations can show that they count on the world stage if they are able to stick together.


Why the EU should abstain on the Palestinian issue in the UNGA (Commentary)

Konstanty Gebert - 14 September 2011

Europeans have much to gain from unity during any vote at the United Nations supporting Palestinian statehood. However the best response to a complex situation is to abstain. A response to ECFR's recent memo in favour of a 'yes' vote.


It's CSDP - or live in a world run by others (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 13 September 2011

In a response to an article by Jan Techau attacking Common Security and Defence Policy, Nick Witney argues that Europe can and must take on more shared responsibility for its own security in the multipolar 21st century.