Donald Trump’s assault on the Iran nuclear deal raised the question of whether Europeans can pursue a policy agenda on the world stage; the idea of European sovereignty. It is time for Europe to develop a new approach, to try to define European interests and develop a hard-headed strategy for achieving them.
- Can Europeans develop a habit of thinking for themselves?
- Can Europeans invest in military and economic autonomy?
- Can Europe develop a catalogue of leverage towards other great powers (US and China)?
- Do Europeans have a political strategy for reaching out to others?
- Is the EU sufficiently united at home to exercise sovereignty internationally?
These are all big and urgent questions. Rather than being perpetually surprised and outraged by actions coming out of the White House, it is time for Europeans to come together and develop a habit of thinking for themselves – and the tools to have their own foreign policy.
The foundation of a sovereign Europe (Commentary)
Georgi Pirinski - 08 November 2018
European sovereignty can only be attained with the consent of its peoples, and with the protection of social solidarity and security, says Council Member Georgi Pirinski
Spending to defend: NATO and the EU’s new budget (Commentary)
Hanna Ojanen - 06 November 2018
The European Union’s spending priorities in the next budget round could support both NATO’s changing defence requirements, and the EU’s standing with its own citizens, says ECFR Council Member Hanna Ojanen
Can Europe strengthen its “economic sovereignty”? (Commentary)
Daniel Daianu - 05 November 2018
ECFR Council Member Daniel Daianu sounds off on Europe's economic sovereignty, the risks of avoiding integration, and the need for strong political will
The new tyranny of the dollar (Commentary)
Mark Leonard - 31 October 2018
Among the many legacies that US President Donald Trump received from his predecessors is a “secondary sanctions” regime that allows the US to bar malign actors from most of the global economy. Under Trump, however, this sophisticated set of tools has become a bludgeon with which to threaten allies.
Reality bytes: Europe’s bid for digital sovereignty (Commentary)
Jonathan Hackenbroich - 17 October 2018
Tomorrow the European Commission publishes its second ever review of the EU-US Privacy Shield - and shows the extent of Europe's preeminence in cyberspace
Present at the Destruction (Commentary)
Mark Leonard - 01 October 2018
At the UN General Assembly last week, it was clear to most that the post-war multilateral system is now an artifact of a bygone era. The new world order that is currently emerging will be defined less by shared principles, and more by the whims of individual leaders and governments
Mark Leonard speaks with Erica Moret and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about European sanctions policies, secondary sanctions and counter measures. The podcast was recorded on the 27 September 2018.
Keeping Europe Safe after Brexit - Findings of a reflection group led by Marta Dassù, Wolfgang Ischinger, Pierre Vimont, and Robert Cooper. Edited by Susi Dennison
Cassandra by Christa Wolf
Un publicista en apuros by Natalia Moret
Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa by Jeremy Cliffe
La Rue vers L’Europe by Stephen Smith
Mark Leonard and Richard Gowan go through the likely talking points at the meeting and discuss what might be on some countries' hidden agendas. The podcast was recorded on 19 September 2018.
The Secret of the World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew
Enough Said by Mark Thompson
Ten years after Lehman: Can liberal democracy survive another financial crisis? (Commentary)
Sebastian Dullien - 14 September 2018
It seems we have not learned the lessons of the recent past and may be doomed to repeat them in the future
Mark Leonard speaks with Mark Schieritz from Die Zeit and ECFR's Sebastian Dullien about a new framework for transatlantic relations. The podcast was recorded on 6 September 2018.
Crashed by Adam Tooze
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect by Judea Pearl
The German barrier to a global euro by Sebastian Dullien
Weg vom Dollar by Mark Schieritz
Es reicht! by Tina Hildebrandt, Kerstin Kohlenberg, Jörg Lau, Mark Schieritz und Michael Thumann
Europe and Asia Move to Bolster Global Systems That Trump Has Attacked
18th July, 2018
Mark Leonard comments on Europe's growing relationship with China for The New York Times.
As Tensions With US Worsen, Europe Courts New Partners
17th July, 2018
Mark Leonard comments on the new EU-Japan trade deal, EU's largest ever trade deal, for the NYT.
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