Articles on European Power

Open Skies: Trump’s next big blunder? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 04 December 2019

Partisan argument in Washington is helping undermine the Open Skies Treaty. The US could lose one of the most useful instruments in its relations with Russia.

Will Europe Ever Trust America Again? (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 04 December 2019

As Western leaders gather in London this week, you might be able to detect a huge rupture beneath the surface.

Another NATO summit train wreck? Here’s hoping (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 02 December 2019

NATO leaders should put the US security guarantee at the heart of this week’s summit. The fractious meeting that results could even be a good thing for Europe.

A very American crisis: Why Trump is still NATO’s biggest problem (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 02 December 2019

To all appearances, Macron and Erdogan are NATO’s latest troublemakers. But it is US indifference that enables their antics.

The benefits of political fragmentation (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 29 November 2019

The EU's new pluralism has made public debate more political, as parties and groups have become careful to protect their distinct identities.

The makings of a “geopolitical” European Commission (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 28 November 2019

As if incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was not already inheriting a full plate of major challenges, she has also promised to reshape the EU into a “geopolitical” force to be reckoned with. To succeed, she will need to pass seven tests, in areas ranging from climate change to cyber security and competition policy.

Paradigm lost: A post-Merkel Germany in a post-Kohl Europe (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 27 November 2019

If Europe isn’t what it used to be, this is largely because Germany isn’t what it long wanted to be.

Italy’s Libyan conundrum: The risks of short-term thinking (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli and Matteo Villa - 26 November 2019

By prioritising short-term gains in irregular migration and energy security, Italy and the EU have helped create an unsustainable security and political situation in Libya.

Farming versus foreign policy: The future of the EU budget (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 22 November 2019

The EU’s global role matters to member states, but investing in it is not political leaders’ top priority.

The Lost Promise of 1989 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 19 November 2019

As is often the case, deep historical shifts tend to show up first in popular culture, and only then in formal politics. That is why we should look at the complex legacy of 1989 not only in the formal celebrations being held in Berlin, but also in the stands of a soccer stadium in Sofia.