Can the EU do less good in the world? (Commentary)
Richard Gowan - 25 July 2011
Understandably, European governments are rethinking their aid budgets in the light of the economic crisis. But any cuts to aid and foreign ministry budgets should be judged according to results rather than a simple cost calculation.
Two challenges for Europe's politicians (Commentary)
Thomas Klau - 21 July 2011
The longer term challenges for Europe's politicians are to contest real power at a European level and be honest with voters about the issues confronting the continent in the 21st century.
True Europeans now need a 'Plan B' (Commentary)
George Soros - 12 July 2011
In an article for the Financial Times, George Soros argues that European leaders now need to search for an alternative to the crisis that has spread across Europe. This 'Plan B' for Europe will be a European solution, rather than the national solutions that so many are looking for.
The EU in the doldrums: we need to hit the right nails (Commentary)
François Godement - 19 May 2011
In a response to José Ignacio Torreblanca's recent article, 'Five reasons why Europe is cracking', Francois Godement argues that Europeans do have a chance to tackle the current malaise, but only if they search hard and identify the real causes of the continent's woes.
The EU needs to be more influential in its eastern neighbourhood
How to help Germany rework its role as the keystone of Europe
A microcosm of Europe (Commentary)
Thomas Klau - 09 October 2007
What would happen if all of Europe were brought together in one room? This weekend an ambitious 'deliberative poll' will help us find out.
by Ulrike Esther Franke - 18th December, 2019
Failing to coordinate properly in the AI area could threaten future European defence cooperation, including PESCO and the European Defence
by Shoshana Fine - 14th October, 2019
The European Union’s approach to migration has created a crisis of solidarity.
by Susi Dennison and Lívia Franco - 02nd October, 2019
The Portuguese hope that the EU can help them tackle the challenges of globalisation: from climate change to cooperation on the impact of freedom of movement
by Susi Dennison - 10th September, 2019
European voters want to see the European Union come of age as a geopolitical actor and chart its own course
by Richard Gowan & Anthony Dworkin - 05th September, 2019
Despite the existing crises to the multilateral system, the EU possesses a set of specific strengths needed to actually save the system.
Spain, and Europe, need a new story about migration – it remains to be seen how the country will put this into practice.
Independence play: Europe’s pursuit of strategic autonomy
To fulfil its true potential, the EU needs to end its strategic cacophony and focus on capability building
The annual Munich Security Conference was themed "Westlessness", defining “a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West”. Is the West becoming less relevant in global affairs? Are the West’s international partnerships endangered? And if so, what will the world look like in the future? Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by an all-star ECFR cast including Janka Oertel, Ulrike Franke, Ellie Geranmayeh and Jeremy Shapiro, for a very special episode recorded straight from the MSC – and covering everything from 5G, China, Iran and the future of Europe’s transatlantic relationship.
This podcast was recorded on 15 February 2020.
- Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference by Jeremy Shapiro
- Europe, 5G, and Munich: The China challenge and American mission by Janka Oertel
- Facing the West’s Demons: The 2020 Munich Security Conference by Mark Leonard
- Westlessness: Lessons from the Western Balkans by Majda Ruge
- Charm defensive: Macron and the Germans at the Munich Security Conference by Jana Puglierin
Last week the European Commission published its EU Toolbox on 5G Cyber Security, with the aim of aiding the member states in evaluating the risks associated with future usage of 5G infrastructure and networks. This was a step forward given the polarising debate surrounding the role of Chinese telecommunications firms like Huawei and ZTE within a future 5G network in Europe. The decision, however, will ultimately be a national one taken by individual member states. Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by Asia Programme Director Janka Oertel and Project Director of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung Jan-Peter Kleinhans to discuss the significance and implications of the toolbox and what this might mean for the EU.
This podcast was recorded on 5 February 2020.
- "The logic of strategic assets" by Jeffrey Ding and Allan Dafoe
- "The Path to Power" by Robert Caro
- "Clash of Empires: Currencies and Power in a Multipolar World" by Charles Gave and Louis Vincent Gave
- "All the Names" by Jose Saramago
During the Munich Strategy Forum 2019, host Mark Leonard sat down Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia aka the first smart country and “digital nation” in the world. What could we learn from this small EU member state when it comes to digitalisation? How did the digital revolution change foreign relations and international relations? And what role does Europe play it in? Frankly, does it play any role at all? Toomas Ilves points out how the lack of a common digital market puts the EU behind in advancing innovation and digitalisation in the 21st century. He urges Europe to finally merge the “two cultures” of sciences/tech and humanities to become a digital player in the world.
This podcast was recorded on 2 December 2019.
- "Two cultures" by C.P. Snow
- "LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media" by Peter W. Singer
- "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for the Future at the New Frontier of Power" by Shoshana Zuboff
Today, 100 years ago, the Versailles Contract went into effect which established the League of the Nations and laid the foundations for multilateralism. In 2019, Germany and France launched the Alliance for Multilateralism aiming at showing that countries still "support multilateralism and support the United Nations (to) remain the majority in the world," as French Foreign Minister Le Drian said. Planning to establish a network of countries ready to join forces and efforts on inequality or climate change, the Alliance also wants the members to strongly commit to a rules-based international order. But how will this look like in reality? Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, explains to Mark Leonard some concrete measures and how the old tale of the German-Franco friendship still serves as a role model for other countries for how to overcome decades of conflicts and rivalry.
Further information: www.multilateralism.org
This podcast was recorded on 3 December 2019.
‘Tis the season! ...when Mark Leonard and Jeremy Shapiro review the year gone by and predict 10 foreign policy trends (plus two bonus ones) that will define 2020, the beginning of a new decade.
With a score of 6.5/10 they couldn’t sustain last year’s success but can still pat themselves on their backs - or what do you think? Let us know about your foreign policy predictions for the upcoming year.
Comment below or e-mail us!
This podcast was recorded on 16 December 2019.
- Ten Foreign Policy Trends for 2020 by Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro
- Mapping European Leverage in the MENA region by the ECFR MENA Programme:
In the 1990s 13 out 15 European countries were led by social democratic governments and the transatlantic relationship came out strong by “winning the Cold War”. The fall of Berlin Wall and dissolution of the Soviet Union was considered as a turning point for Europe’s future and it symbolized the greatest common achievement of US and Europe at that time. But since then, EU-US relations and most of the social democratic parties in Europe have been deteriorating. Did the West underestimate the forces of liberalism and globalisation which took European states by storm? In this episode, Sylvie Kauffmann with host Mark Leonard untangles some of the many interconnections and which 1989 provoked or brought to light.
This podcast was recorded on 4 December 2019.
- Sylvie Kauffmann's article series in Le Monde (in French)
- "Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy" by Andrei Kozyrev
Host Mark Leonard has an intimate discussion with our heads of offices from Sofia and Warsaw, Vessela Tcherneva and Piotr Buras about their experiences, hopes and dreams during the transition times of the 1990s. How did their life and future change the minute the Berlin Wall fell? What are this generation’s thoughts 30 years later and predications for Europe in the coming 30 years?
This podcast was recorded on 21 November 2019.
- "The light that failed" by Ivan Krastev
- "Bulgaria under Communism" by Ivaylo Znepolski et al.
- "Reflections on a ravaged century" by Robert Conquest
- "Die Welt braucht den Westen" by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
In the second in our series on the events of 1989 and how they will shape our world for decades to come, host Mark Leonard is joined by Fyodor Lukyanov. Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club. In this podcast, recorded in Dubai, the two discuss America's and Russia's differing views on the Cold War and its end. The trauma of 1989, but also the euphoria it generated in Europe, and Putin's development as a political actor, are set into context. This context allows for a multifaceted understanding of the events of 1989.It also allows the arc of Russian foreign policy to be traced to today, and in doing so provides a useful accompaniment to the Eurocentric 1989 celebrations.
This podcast was recorded on 4 November 2019.
- "Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World" by Mikhail S. Gorbachev
Video: Ivan Krastev on fears and hopes ahead of the European Parliament election
Ivan Krastev - 09 May 2019
Ivan Krastev talks from Warsaw on how voters in many EU countries are more worried about nationals leaving the country than about foreigners coming in, as a recent ECFR survey shows.
Video: “War and Peace: Has Trump made the world more dangerous?”
Mark Leonard - 26 April 2019
Mark Leonard participates in a debate organised by The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) in London.
Video: The Four Crises of Europe: Felipe González and the European Elections
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 08 April 2019
ECFR Madrid sits down with former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González to discuss topics such as the state of the European Union ahead of May's European Parliament elections, the rise of Eurosceptic parties, Brexit, and relations with the US and Russia.
Behind the Growth Market in Counter-Drone Technology
14th February, 2020
Ulrike Franke's analysis on the current state of counter-drone technology.
Sanctions on Russia: Profits, Pitfalls and Prospects
Berlin - 04 Mar 20
Experts present a report on the effectiveness and downfalls of the sanctions that were imposed on Russia by the European Union and the United States in the aftermath of the illegal annexation of Crimea.
Technological Sovereignty and the Return of Geopolitics - Implications for Europe and Japan
Berlin - 06 Mar 20
ECFR hosts a discussion with a German MP and a Japanese professor of International Politics.
Europas Handlungsfähigkeit: Lektionen aus der 5G Debatte
Berlin - 21 Feb 20
Thema des ersten Foreign Policy Clubs im neuen Jahr ist die 5G-Debatte und Europas Souveränität in den Bereichen des Technologie und digitalen Entwicklung. Mit Dr. Janka Oertel.
« Une proposition pour une nouvelle architecture de sécurité européenne »
Paris - 28 Nov 19
Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à une table ronde en présence de Jeremy Shapiro, Pierre Vimont et Sylvie Kauffmann.