Articles on Europe and the world

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.


Why China wants a G3 world (Commentary)

Parag Khanna & Mark Leonard - 12 September 2011

Despite the fashionable talk about BRICS and the G2 of Washington and Beijing, we really now live in a G3 world that combines US military power and consumption, Chinese capital and labour, and European rules and technology.


Europe’s options: brew beer or reform (Commentary)

- 30 August 2011

The European financial crisis is not just about the immediate debt problem: it's about Europe's longer term viability in a more competitive world. For the sake of future European generations we need to start the hard bargaining process over real and painful reforms straight away.


Can the EU do less good in the world? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 25 July 2011

Understandably, European governments are rethinking their aid budgets in the light of the economic crisis. But any cuts to aid and foreign ministry budgets should be judged according to results rather than a simple cost calculation.


Two challenges for Europe's politicians (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 21 July 2011

The longer term challenges for Europe's politicians are to contest real power at a European level and be honest with voters about the issues confronting the continent in the 21st century.