February 17, 2010

EU Is Not a World Power

German Council on Foreign Relations, German Council on Foreign Relations

AP Photo

The post-Lisbon European Union can finally establish itself as a serious player in a multipolar world order. It has the potential to develop a foreign policy combining political, economic, and military elements. But will Brussels make the most of Lisbon? In the end, it is still the member states that call the shots on foreign policy.

The European Union has entered a new phase. The Lisbon Treaty enables the Union to take an important step forward in closer cooperation and greater integration. Brussels aims to support its new foreign policy with a wide range of instruments. Whether or not it can make the most of those instruments will determine whether the Union will hold its own on the global stage. At least the means to do so are at long last...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: European Union, Eurozone, Lisbon European Union, Brussels, Lisbon, serious player


Democracy matters. When Brussels or Berlin loses sight of that simple fact, voters reach for simpler and uglier solutions. more ››
May 15, 2012
Grading Medvedev's Foreign Policy
Int'l Institute for Strategic Studies
The Duma's confirmation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on 8 May, a day after Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president, marked the completion of their long-anticipated role swap and a new period in Russia's foreign... more ››
May 11, 2012
EU Piggies Won't Go to Market
Greg Sheridan, The Australian
The European project is dead, or dying. It needs to be reborn as a new project, of friendly independent countries, before the damage it is doing extends throughout the entire globe. more ››
May 12, 2012
EU's Bigger Deficit Is Democratic
Patrick Smyth, Irish Times
WE ARE in the process – painfully, haltingly – of addressing the central deficiency in Europe’s single currency. The vote on the fiscal treaty represents Ireland’s part in a joint effort to give the euro... more ››
Although the new French president, Socialist François Hollande, will not introduce great changes in France's European policy, his election may lead to its re-evaluation. Whether he undertakes structural reforms to boost... more ››