Articles on Europe and the world

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.


Europe's role in the Arab Spring (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 26 September 2012

The outcome of the uprisings in North Africa is still in the balance and although it will be mainly up to the North Africans themselves to decide their future, Europe has a key role to play on the side of reform - especially Paris, Rome and Madrid. 


What Europe should tell Mohammed Morsi (Commentary)

Issandr El Amrani & Elijah Zarwan - 13 September 2012

The Brussels visit of Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi is a striking reminder of the changes that have swept the Arab world in the last 18 months. Europe should not miss a historic opportunity to rebuild relations with the most important country in the region.


China - a challenge for France? (Commentary)

François Godement - 28 August 2012

Can France still afford to have its own 'China policy'?  Historically France has been struggling to build a balanced political and economic relationship with China. But a more effective French 'China policy' will also require more European cooperation.


Multilateralism: Moscow rules? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 08 August 2012

With Russia due to play a central role in multilateral institutions over the next two years, its obstructionism over Syria does not bode well. However Europeans may find - to their benefit - that it is actually China that calls the shots on the international stage.