This week we followed up the publication of our European Foreign Policy Scorecard with the first of a series of events across Europe examining the implications of our findings.
The event at ECFR’s London office featured Gideon Rachman, Spyros Economides, Heather Grabbe, and Scorecard 2013 author Susi Dennison, and focused on Britain and European foreign policy. Heather suggested that uncertainty over the future of Britain meant that its interests were already starting to be discounted in Brussels while Gideon Rachman argued that Britain's foreign policy could also thrive outside the EU. You can listen to the entire event on our website.
- Here’s a podcast featuring some of Heather’s contribution
- There is more about the complicated relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU on our 'Europe at the crossroads' website.
- And here’s the latest Scorecard video – a quick look at the performance of each EU member state, good and bad.
I also wrote this article – “Why the EU needs Britain” – which argues that just as much as Britain needs the EU, the EU needs Britain if it’s to be a relevant and influential global force in the 21st century.
From our China programme:
- Jonas Parello-Plesner examined the implications of Chinese mining interests in Greenland, for Denmark and for the whole European Union. He’ll be keeping an eye on developments in this fascinating and important story for us in coming months
- In the second of his “New Long March” series about how the new Chinese leadership is going to act, Francois Godement looks for clues in the use of poetry in recent speeches
From our Middle East/North Africa programme:
- Anthony Dworkin writes about the troubling killing of a prominent politician in “An assassination in Tunisia”
- For those trying to make sense of events in Egypt, read this piece by Issandr el Amrani, based on a telephone briefing that he gave to the rest of ECFR from on the ground in Cairo.
- How should the European Union react over the apparent involvement of Hezbollah in last July’s bombing in Bulgaria? Julien Barnes-Dacey argues that although sanctions are justified, they may be counter-productive.
- Richard Gowan has this article that suggests that European Union troops can play a vital and constructive role in Mali
- Does the European Union face a crisis of political will over its intervention in Mali and any subsequent peacekeeping operation? This piece by Richard argues that the Irish presidency should start examining such questions
- And here’s an summary of a conference on pluralism and democracy in the MENA region with a link to a full report for those who are interested
- Jose Ignacio Torreblanca wrote this simple guide to the implications of the Spanish political crisis
- This week’s Spanish language podcast was with María Muñiz, talking about the role of the European Parliament
- Our Paris office started a new ECFR blog in French.
- And finally, here’s a longer piece by Jana Kobzova asking whether the Eastern Partnership can work
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