The big news in Europe this week was David Cameron’s speech on the UK and the European Union. Reactions to the speech varied wildly across the continent, and our own analysis reflected this.
- Mark Leonard reflected that it was a miscalculation that misunderstood how Europe had changed and how much Britain needed Europe if it was to retain an influential global voice.
- From Madrid, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca argued that Mr Cameron had put himself into a very difficult corner with his speech.
- From here in London, I suggested that there were three important messages that the rest of Europe had to read into the speech, and that it wasn’t all bad for Europe.
Our Middle East/North Africa programme had a busy week with the Israeli elections and the ongoing situation in Mali and Algeria:
- Here’s an audio podcast with Daniel Levy and Ron Pundak digesting the results from the Israeli elections. They were speaking at an ECFR Black Coffee Morning earlier today in our London office – the full audio from the meeting is available here.
- I recorded this podcast interview with Daniel on the day of the elections – there’s still plenty there that will help listeners understand the issues surrounding the vote.
- Susi Dennison, the author of the ECFR publication “The EU, Algeria, and the northern Mali question”, wrote a blog post about why Algeria showed how important European foreign policy was to the UK.
- Richard Gowan examined the options for the military intervention in Mali from an EU perspective.
- Nick Witney lamented that the Mali intervention suggested that some important lessons from Afghanistan have not yet been absorbed in Europe.
- Francois Godement began to examine the signs of how the new Chinese leadership is heading in a new series of “China’s new Long March” blog posts. We’re also sending the blog posts out as emails to the China programme’s contacts. If you’d like to be on this email list then please contact [email protected]
- Jonas Parello-Plesner co-authored a piece with Michael Anti on how social media was changing the nature of politics in China: “The weibo generation can reboot China.”
- Ben Wagner also ventured into the online world with this blog post on European digital diplomacy.
- Jose Ignacio Torreblanca wrote a blog post about a moving YouTube video that points to the social and personal cost of the euro crisis.
- And finally, our Madrid office produced this Spanish language audio podcast looking at relations between Europe and Latin America.
- Our podcasts have been nominated for the 2012 European Podcast Awards. If you are one of the several dozen thousand listeners then we would appreciate your vote for our English and Spanish podcasts.
- ECFR also did well in the annual rankings of think tanks, and was named as one of the top ten worldwide.
Next week we’ll be publishing the third edition of our European Foreign Policy Scorecard, rating how European countries did – collectively and individually – in projecting European power and influence around the world.
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