European Council on Foreign Relations

Wider horizons for Poland’s foreign policy

A couple of days ago Donald Tusk, the prime minister of Poland, was in London. It was a superb opportunity for journalists to question him about where his country is heading as general elections draw near .You can read an interesting report of a session that he had at The Economist HQ here: As you might expect it gives a healthy dose of level-headed analysis on relations with Russia - ECFR’s Scorecard 2010, published a week or two agao, has noted the rapprochement between Poland and Germany post-2007 has conditioned much more pragmatic ties with Moscow. Even if atmospherics between the two governments are not as positive in the wake of the Smolensk crash a year ago, the turn is still visible. Tusk was also upbeat on Belarus and Ukraine, though in all fairness it’s hard to see the EU agenda getting much mileage in either country.

What’s really interesting is Poland’s effort to

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Announcing the European Foreign Policy Scorecard!

Dear all,

ECFR is pleased to announce the release of the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2010 - a detailed analysis of how well Europe's countries and institutions performed on the world stage, in 80 categories across six large issues: relations with China, the US, Russia, and wider Europe, along with multilateral issues and crisis management.

Click here to go to the freshly designed Scorecard part of the website.

I hope you find it useful.

Regionalism in the Balkans: Plus ça change

Regional cooperation in the Western Balkans has become a bit of a cottage industry, especially in think-tank circuits. I have lost count of how many conferences and policy events I have attended over the past decade. For the bystander the subject has always been puzzling.  Somehow “Balkans” never quite chimed with “cooperation”. One of the reasons why local politicians have opted to call their region 'South East Europe' is to get rid of the Balkan stigma that's associated with backwardness, ethnic quarrels and an unhealthy obsession with (distorted) history.

With the Arab spring in motion and Balkan hotspots in relative peace, the region is not in the centre of attention.  Yet, as ECFR’s forthcoming EU Scorecard report shows, the Balkans remain a key benchmark for judging how well the EU’s foreign policy is doing.

Taking the long view, the EU - in concert with NATO and a host of

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