Articles on European Power

The ominous rise of geoeconomics (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca & Nika Prislan - 14 February 2012

The lack of a defined European response to the current crisis is forcing EU member states to renationalise their own foreign policy, rather than forge common positions. This new age of geoeconomics carries a hidden cost for Europe in the long run.


Grading the voice of Europe - Merkel in China (Commentary)

Jonas Parello-Plesner - 10 February 2012

Merkel’s recent visit to China was meant to assure Chinese risk-averse leaders that Europe is back on track. But the visit was also a part of the mosaic that makes up European foreign policy towards China.


Reinventing Europe: Poland and the euro crisis (Commentary)

Konstanty Gebert - 07 February 2012

As part of the ‘Reinvention of Europe’ project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states about the crisis and the future direction of Europe. The first paper in the series examines the Polish situation.


A road map for the euro (Commentary)

Giuseppe Scognamiglio - 17 January 2012

The financial markets have repeatedly shown their distrust in the long term sustainability of European Monetary Union. Confidence desperately needs to be restored, and that means rapid and credible agreement on measures that include a more integrated political framework.


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?


The eurozone will pay a high price for Germany's economic narcissism (Commentary)

Hans Kundnani - 09 January 2012

Germany's minimalist approach to fixing the eurozone crisis is not only leading to ever more bailouts. It is also harming the rest of the eurozone because Germany's 'ordoliberalism' is too inflexible to provide a coherent answer to the crisis.


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...


A European response to the crisis (Commentary)

Radosław Sikorski - 15 December 2011

The crisis of the euro has been a chilling reminder that money is about far more than coins and a means of exchange. We are now standing on the edge of a precipice, and we Europeans have the choice of shirking responsibility or laying the foundations of a new Europe.


The economics of the summit: an expensive signal to the ECB (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 12 December 2011

The only real success of the euro summit was that it might encourage the ECB to step up its role in the euro area. But years more austerity and a major rift with Britain are a high price the whole euro zone will have to pay for German ideology.


How the eurozone crisis affects EU power (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 25 November 2011

The economic crisis has huge implications for EU foreign policy. There is less time for it, less money available, and Europe's ability to project soft power is in a coma.