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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. 

The march of Haftar: Why Europeans should stand in the way of the Libyan National Army (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 05 April 2019

As Field Marshal Haftar's forces advance towards Tripoli, Libya teeters on the brink of yet another civil war. Europe can no longer idly stand by. 

After Crimea: Does NATO have the means to defend Europe? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 02 April 2019

Military spending may now figure in public conversation about NATO. But the alliance, at 70 years old, still lacks military capabilities strong enough to protect Europe from Russia

Europe, Russia, and the laws of nature: Importance of the EP election (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 11 March 2019

The outcome of May's European Parliament elections will inform Moscow's understanding of the EU as a political actor on the global stage - but what message will Europe send? 

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. 

France's strongman strategy in the Sahel (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Andrew Lebovich - 08 March 2019

The French response to internal threats in North African countries has been to reinforce authoritarian rule to keep the peace. But it could inflame miltancy in the long run, especially in Chad and Libya. 

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

Onshore balancing: The threat to Oman's neutrality (Commentary)

Camille Lons - 03 April 2019

Oman's decision to grant the US Navy access to strategically important ports reflects intensifying global rivalry between the US and China. Europe can work to keep Oman a neutral mediator.

Seven days to save the European Union (Commentary)

Susi Dennison & Mark Leonard - 16 May 2019

The European Parliament elections take place next week - our latest pan-European polling reveals voters are deeply concerned about what the future holds

Familiarity breeds contempt: Why Russia makes mistakes on the world stage (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 14 March 2019

For all the accepted wisdom to the contrary, Russia is largely failing to achieve its core foreign policy objectives

The EU, China, and human rights in Xinjiang: Time for a new approach (Commentary)

David Marques - 02 April 2019

The EU and its member states have the chance to ramp up the defence of Uighurs at the 9 April EU-China summit in Brussels. They should seize it

Occupational hazards: The Russian military in Crimea (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 April 2019

While its current disposition in Crimea is mainly defensive in nature, Russia's military build-up on the peninsula could soon turn the Black Sea region into a security black hole. 

After Prespa: Could the North Macedonia name agreement fall apart? (Commentary)

Constantinos Filis - 28 March 2019

Both North Macedonia and Greece are gearing up for new elections. Political forces on all sides are ready to go into political battle over the Prespa Agreement

A foot in the door? Russia’s International Investment Bank moves to Hungary (Commentary)

András Rácz - 18 March 2019

Budapest's decision to host a revived Soviet-era bank could provide its Russian employees with sweeping diplomatic immunities and hinder action in the event of a security threat. 

Open letter: EU action for peace in Israel-Palestine (Commentary)

- 17 April 2019

An open letter by high-ranking former European Union officials urges Europe to reject a United States Middle East plan in the case that it promotes unequal rights between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it.