Articles on Europe and the world

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.


Not your Serbian déjà vu (Commentary)

Dimitar Bechev - 18 May 2012

The Serbian presidential elections this weekend look familiar - but Serbia is a very different place to how it was in 2004 and 2008. It is normalising fast and its core concerns are far more similar to other European countries than they were before.


Summit-time blues (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 02 May 2012

The coming season of grand international summits means the problems of the Eurozone will once again be thrust upon the global stage. But at least this time European leaders don't have to worry about Silvio Berlusconi.


China and New Europe (Commentary)

François Godement - 30 April 2012

Premier Wen Jiabao's latest visit to Europe demonstrated that Beijing has great hopes for its relationship with 'New Europe'. But this is risky for the European Union, as it undermines its ability to present a united front to China.


France deserves better than this (Commentary)

Thomas Klau - 20 April 2012

As France votes in the first round of its presidential elections, the French people have been denied an analytically, politically honest and comprehensive engagement by the politicians with the real issues at hand in France and Europe.


How to extend Burma’s Spring (Commentary)

Lykke Friis & Jonas Parello-Plesner - 20 April 2012

The EU is due to decide on Monday whether to lift sanctions against Burma. Instead of lifting all sanctions the EU should follow a gradual approach and focus on targeted assistance and an ambitious social-responsibility framework for European companies.


Europe struggling to play meaningful role in Syria crisis (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02 April 2012

The case of Syria shows that Europe maintains a limited ability to shape its Southern neighbourhood. For the time being it remains a fairly insignificant political actor in the unfolding Syrian crisis.


The Americanisation of Turkey (Commentary)

Dimitar Bechev - 21 March 2012

Turkey's international profile and domestic politics have long been oriented towards the European Union. Now, both the Arab awakening and the internal momentum of AKP rule are pushing Ankara closer to the United States.