Articles on Europe and the world

War in the Sahel: a European cause (Commentary)

François Godement - 16 January 2013

The Mali conflict has caught the EU asleep at the wheel. But with support from across the Union and credible, limited aims, a European intervention in Mali can be successful.


In 2013, the great global unraveling (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 03 January 2013

The main theme of 2013 is likely to be the unraveling of the global economy and supporting political integration. 


Ten trends for 2013 (Commentary)

ECFR - 31 December 2012

2012 saw continuing crisis in the eurozone, growing Euroscepticism and populism in some corners of Europe, faltering transitions in Egypt and elsewhere, more violence in Syria, a new leadership in China, and both Putin II and Obama II. So what will 2013 hold?


The Palestine UN vote and Europe (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 29 November 2012

European countries are split over recognising Palestine at the United Nations, but moving foward, Daniel Levy offers seven points to takeaway from a European perspective.


A European "maybe" for Palestine (Commentary)

- 29 November 2012

Although EU members have not reached a concensus on recognising Palestine at the United Nations, the arguments in favour of European recognition outweigh the arguments against. 


US, Europe: get ready for estrangement (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani - 29 November 2012

President Obama's continued foreign policy pivot away from Europe may be unwelcome in the EU, but it creates an opportunity for Germany to show that it is capable of taking responsibility in foreign affairs. 


China and the US: mirror image challenges (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 08 November 2012

The leadership election in the US and the selection in China are mirror images of each other. So are the challenges that each will face, with implications not just for the US and China, but for the rest of the world. 


Too much alarm (Commentary)

Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff - 31 October 2012

Ian Bremmer and Mark Leonard see the western liberal order in danger. But shifts in Germany’s international outlook may not be the trigger as change has many sources.


A guide to China’s leadership changes (Commentary)

Thomas König - 29 October 2012

Ahead of the selection of China’s new leadership on November 8th, Thomas König of ECFR’s China Programme explains what the process involves, who the new men will be, and why it matters.


U.S.-German relationship on the rocks (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 29 October 2012

A fundamental shift in interests and outlook is leaving the United States and Germany with potentially irreconcilable differences. This widening divide between Berlin and Washington may threaten the entire Western alliance.