Articles on Europe and the world

The end of the affair? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 25 July 2012

Four years after Barack Obama's landmark speech in front of a crowd of 200,000 in Berlin, the transatlantic alliance is fading fast. What went wrong?

 

Democracy and the EU's 'strategic partnerships' (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani - 13 July 2012

If the EU has any real aspiration to be a normative power it must rethink its 'strategic partnerships' with the world's other powers, reflecting the importance of values like democracy, rather than ignoring them.

 

The EU's Rights of Passage (Commentary)

Catherine Ashton - 09 July 2012

Putting the promotion of human rights at the centre of the EU's foreign policy is something I have focused on since I took up office. But to champion the kind of people that deserve our support requires that the EU overcome two key challenges, each one of which can undermine the struggle to build a better world. 

 

Assessing the EU’s new human rights strategy (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 27 June 2012

This week the EU revealed its new human rights strategy, an ambitious plan to 'place human rights at the centre of its relations with all third countries'. The key challenge will be to develop realistic objectives and a clear vision how to achieve them without repeating mistakes of the past.

 

Europe will leave G20 with a unilateral future (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 June 2012

Europeans are strongly in favor of global governance when it is a process they inflict on others, but they are not so keen when others comment on Europe’s affairs. So, is Europe losing its religion on multilateralism?

 

Obama’s Drone Attacks: How the EU Should Respond (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 19 June 2012

Despite President Obama extending its use of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the EU has been largely silent on the issue. But European leaders need to press the US to establish credible international standards to govern their use.

 

Europe must not accept Egypt's military coup (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 18 June 2012

Against the backdrop of Egypt's presidential elections, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) staged a coup d’etat. For Europe, this counter-revolution constitutes a test of whether we have truly learned the lessons of the Arab uprisings.

 

EU diplomacy on Israel/Palestine shifts up a gear (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 06 June 2012

Europe would seem an unlikely place to look for fresh thinking regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Yet that is precisely what just happened.

 

Iran nuclear talks succeed just by continuing (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 01 June 2012

The best outcome for E3+3 negotiations is a partial enrichment freeze. Short of that, more talks will at least avert military action.

 

The Central Challenge to the Western Liberal Order (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 31 May 2012

One of the big stories of the last 60 years has been the creation of a European-inspired legal order in the shell of an American security order. This is often called the Western liberal order – and I think that the biggest global risk is the threat to that order.