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Negative energy: Berlin’s Trumpian turn on Nord Stream 2 (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 February 2019

Berlin's handling of the controversial Nord Stream 2 project reveals double standards and neglect of the pipeline's security repercussions. 

Trading with Iran via the special purpose vehicle: How it can work (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 07 February 2019

On 31 January, Germany, France and Britain announced the establishment of a special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating legitimate trade with Iran

Top ten foreign policy trends in 2019 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 03 January 2019

Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2019

Warsaw ‘Iran’ summit: What lies beneath (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Ellie Geranmayeh & Jeremy Shapiro - 24 January 2019

ECFR experts share their insight into the manouevres around next month’s US-Poland summit. What does it mean for the JPCOA, and what steps should European countries take in response?

The economic war on Syria: Why Europe risks losing (Commentary)

Nour Samaha - 11 February 2019

Sanctions can never be ‘smart’; new EU and US measures on Syria are only likely to strengthen the regime, not weaken it

Why the Iran nuclear deal still matters for Europe (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 January 2019

Today is the JCPOA's third birthday - will it have another one?

Russia, Germany, and the INF: Will Berlin break its silence? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 06 February 2019

Germany is not facing up to the INF challenge. If it does not take a lead, Russian nuclear superiority over Europe will soon be a done deal

The “European army”, a tale of wilful misunderstanding (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 03 December 2018

The European army concept is ambiguous - what do European leaders actually want to achieve? 

“1 in 5 million”: Mounting pressure in Balkan protests (Commentary)

Alida Vračić - 15 January 2019

New civil protests are laying bare growing forms of repression across the Western Balkans

Into the jungle (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 08 January 2019

Europeans and Americans are failing to coordinate their Russia policies. At a time when the old world order is disappearing fast, their loss of normative unity may actually be helpful.

Crunch time: Germany and Europe after Mattis (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 10 January 2019

With James Mattis gone, it has become far more difficult to engage in damage control in transatlantic relations

When Iran goes to Iraq: The significance of Rouhani’s trip (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood & Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 March 2019

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official trip to Iraq signals the beginning of a new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations, one that rising tensions between Tehran and Washington could complicate. 

Nord Stream 2: ECFR opinions (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Josef Janning & Kadri Liik & Nicu Popescu - 20 December 2018

Nord Stream 2 is a contentious project - here, ECFR experts weigh in on the debate with an array of opinions on the topic

Russian mercenaries on the march: next stop Venezuela? (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 01 February 2019

With Russian contractors reportedly active in Venezuela, how far will Moscow go to protect its regional interests and ambitions?