Foreign policy & defence

CER podcast: Europe and Libya

Luigi Scazzieri, Beth Oppenheim
12 February 2020
The conflict in Libya is spiralling out of control despite the recent Berlin conference. Beth Oppenheim and Luigi Scazzieri discuss why Europe has struggled to influence Libya, and how the conflict may evolve.

The EU's response to Trump's peace plan has been pitiful – it is time for the bloc to speak up

Beth Oppenheim
10 February 2020
The Independent
The 27 have a crucial role to play in containing the American president's destructive impulses – a role it is entirely reneging.

La UE y EE UU deben trabajar unidos para acabar con el sitio de Trípoli

07 February 2020
El conflicto libio continúa intensificándose a pesar de la reciente conferencia de Berlín. La Unión Europea debe trabajar con Estados Unidos y presionar a las potencias regionales para que dejen de alimentar la lucha. 

CER podcast: Brexit bulletin special

Charles Grant, Sam Lowe, Ian Bond, Beth Oppenheim
29 January 2020
In this special Brexit episode of the CER podcast, Charles Grant explains why the CER is still needed after Brexit; Sam Lowe discusses the future of UK-EU trade; and Ian Bond explores the fate of UK foreign policy.

Musimy bronić rządów prawa w całej Unii

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
29 January 2020
Komisja Europejska powinna jak najszybciej wdrożyć mechanizm monitorowania zasady rządów prawa we wszystkich krajach członkowskich, a nie skupiać się tylko na tych, w których sprawy poszły za daleko.

The UK and European security co-operation, post-Brexit

22 January 2020
Aspenia Online
The UK’s departure from the EU at the end of January raises the question of what security co-operation between member states and the UK will look like after Brexit.

The challenges ahead for EU defense co-operation

22 January 2020
As the European Union enters a new institutional era in 2020, its ability to sustain the recent defense momentum will be scrutinized.

CER podcast: Can Europe overcome its paralysis on Palestine?

Beth Oppenheim, Sophia Besch
15 January 2020
The EU has struggled to take decisive action on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Faut-il bannir Huawei de la 5G? La valse-hésitation

20 December 2019
Alternatives Economiques
Dans un document stratégique adopté en mars 2017, le gouvernement britannique affirmait sa « claire ambition de faire du Royaume-Uni un leader mondial » dans l’utilisation et le développement de la prochaine génération de technologie mobile.

CER podcast: Reviewing 2019

18 December 2019
CER researchers review the year 2019, and discuss what to expect in 2020. The conversation spans the future UK-EU relationship; the fraying of the transatlantic link; China; the state of Franco-German relations; and the EU economy.

Can Europe overcome its paralysis on Palestine?

Beth Oppenheim
05 December 2019
When Federica Mogherini took office as the EU’s high representative for foreign policy in November 2014, she declared that a two-state solution could be reached within her five-year term.

Nato at 70: Not 'brain dead', but needs shot in arm

03 December 2019
EU Observer
What a difference a decade makes. Nato's 60th birthday celebration in 2009 was a show of confidence, sprinkled with the stardust of Barack Obama's first official visit to Europe and culminating in a 62-paragraph declaration covering everything from the Arctic to Africa.

Euronews: Future for NATO

02 December 2019
NATO needs to continue to defend itself from pressure from Russia, consider new challenges in cyberspace and space, and become more aware that China poses important challenges in terms of technological sophistication and military deployment, Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European reform  tells Euronews.

Developing a home-grown European defence equipment market

02 December 2019
President Emmanuel Macron’s man in the European Commission will struggle to make headway on developing a home-grown European defence equipment market.

Is a European Security Council a good idea?

02 December 2019
The EU is a trade and regulatory superpower, but it has consistently punched below its weight in foreign and security policy.

The European Commission in EU Defense Industrial Policy

22 October 2019
Carnegie Europe
The European Commission has become more involved in EU defense policy. To see changes implemented, however, it must prove it can help the EU develop into a more capable defense actor.

No escaping an arms export policy

10 October 2019
Berlin Policy Journal
Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen is “enthusiastically working toward a defense union.” Without a co-ordinated stance on European arms exports, this could prove difficult. 

Judy Asks: Is post-1989 Europe building walls?

Ian Bond, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
07 October 2019
Carnegie Europe
Post-1989 Europe is building walls, but not of the Cold War kind. Then, repressive Communist regimes knew that if they gave their people a choice most would immediately move to the West, so they kept them in with walls.

Who should hold Europe's arms?

25 September 2019
Project Syndicate
Although the EU has one of the world's strongest arms-export frameworks, the rules are not enforced. If Europe is to have any chance of deepening defense co-operation, let alone creating a defense union, that must change.
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Europe is at war over arms exports

Beth Oppenheim
18 September 2019
Foreign Policy
The EU must start enforcing its export controls, or else risk making conflicts around the world even worse.