Articles on Europe and the world

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.

 

Iran: the year of living dangerously (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 25 January 2012

The European decision to tighten sanctions against Iran is correct. Careful, balanced and measured pressure on Tehran is necessary as we face a particularly dangerous year for relations with the Iranian regime.

 

Burma is changing, so where is Ashton? (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 19 January 2012

There are encouraging signs that the junta ruling Burma is starting to reform, and the country has been visited by Hillary Clinton and several top politicians from Europe. The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, also needs to pay Burma a visit, and soon.

 

The year of the HUBRICS (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 12 January 2012

With Europe and much of the West facing a seemingly painful decline, attention continues to shift to the BRICS and the world's other rising powers. But are these countries overplaying their hands as the cracks begin to show in their economic virility?

 

Ten trends for 2012 (Commentary)

ECFR - 21 December 2011

After a frenetic 2011, what are the big trends that are going to shape Europe and the wider world in 2012? Here are ten that ECFR experts think are likely - and one widely predicted trend that we don't think will happen...