The European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 concluded that in a year of crises, European countries pulled together over a response to Russia, but failed to have an impact in many other policy areas. According to this annual systematic assessment of Europe’s foreign policy performance, the main leaders in 2014 were Germany, Sweden and the UK, with a surprisingly strong role for the Baltic states. In this series of articles, ECFR experts from our national offices as well as contributors from other countries debate the Scorecard results in their respective countries.
Sweden's second-place ranking in the European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015 may say more about European weakness than about Swedish success.
The Netherlands got things done in 2014, but remained careful to protect their economy and relations with powerful allies.
Despite renewed leadership in some areas, Spain failed to engage fully on some of the defining foreign policy issues of 2014.
In spite of the rising tide of anti-European rhetoric, the UK’s diplomats are still cooperating with Europe and driving foreign policy initiatives within the EU framework.