Foreign policy & defence

How to build a better EU foreign policy

How to build a better EU foreign policy

Charles Grant, Mark Leonard
03 April 2006
With its constitutional treaty moribund, the EU needs to find new projects that show its relevance to the citizens of Europe. One priority should be a plan for a more coherent Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
A new European approach to China

A new European approach to China

Mark Leonard
03 April 2006
Until now EU policy towards China has focused mainly on domestic issues: opening up China’s economy, protecting intellectual property, improving respect for human rights, and securing the readmission of illegal migrants.
Bulletin issue 47

Issue 47 - 2006

Charles Grant, Simon Tilford, Mark Leonard
24 March 2006
EU 2010: A programme for reform

EU 2010: A programme for reform

Charles Grant, Hugo Brady, Katinka Barysch, Simon Tilford, Daniel Keohane, Mark Leonard, Aurore Wanlin
03 February 2006
The European Union is suffering from a profound malaise. There have been difficult times in the past – such as the 'empty chair' left by General de Gaulle in the mid-1960s, the rows over the British budget contribution in the early 1980s, and the struggles to ratify the Maastricht treaty...
The EU needs a bolder Balkan strategy

The EU needs a bolder Balkan strategy

Carl Bildt
01 February 2006
The Balkans are returning to the top of the EU’s agenda. UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari has begun to negotiate Kosovo’s future, while Montenegrins will probably vote in April on whether to break with Serbia.
Bulletin issue 46

Issue 46 - 2006

Charles Grant, Stephen Tindale, Carl Bildt
27 January 2006
East versus West?

East versus West? The European economic and social model after enlargement

Katinka Barysch
06 January 2006
The EU's enlargement to the East has been an economic success. Trade between the old and the new members is thriving. Foreign investment by West European companies has helped to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Central and Eastern Europe, and it has generated multi-billion euro profits for the investing companies.
The EU needs a policy on Belarus

The EU needs a policy on Belarus

Urban Ahlin
01 December 2005
The first time that I visited Belarus, I noticed that the streets were clean, the subway ran on schedule and the people were very hospitable. On the surface, the people of Minsk seem to enjoy life.
Some advice for Turkey

Some advice for Turkey

Katinka Barysch
01 December 2005
Turkey remains far from its goal of entering the EU, despite starting accession talks in October and gaining a broadly favourable progress report from the European Commission in November.
Bulletin issue 45

Issue 45 - 2006

Katinka Barysch, Urban Ahlin, Richard Cunningham
25 November 2005
Can EU diplomacy stop Iran's nuclear programme?

Can EU diplomacy stop Iran's nuclear programme?

Mark Leonard
04 November 2005
When Iran restarted its nuclear programme in August 2005, it seemed to obliterate two years of EU efforts to persuade Tehran not to build a nuclear bomb. However, Mark Leonard argues that the EU should persevere with diplomacy.
Fighting terrorism: The EU needs a strategy not a shopping list

Fighting terrorism: The EU needs a strategy not a shopping list

Hugo Brady, Daniel Keohane
11 October 2005
The fight against international terrorism is a key priority of Britain's EU presidency. Following the July London bombings, the British government is understandably keen to speed up European counter-terrorism efforts.
Can variable geometry save EU enlargement?

Can variable geometry save EU enlargement?

03 October 2005
All over Europe, politicians are becoming more hostile to further EU enlargement. One reason is that electorates in many countries oppose it. Another is that the EU’s ‘widening’ has always been closely linked to its ‘deepening’.
Georgia and the EU: Can Europe's neighbourhood policy deliver?

Georgia and the EU: Can Europe's neighbourhood policy deliver?

Charles Grant, Mark Leonard
03 October 2005
All public buildings in downtown Tbilisi fly EU flags next to Georgian ones. The flags are a symbol of Georgia's determination to integrate itself into the West after the 'rose revolution', and a reminder of the potency of the European dream outside the European Union's borders.
Russia, the EU and the common neighbourhood

Russia, the EU and the common neighbourhood

Dmitri Trenin
02 September 2005
Throughout the 1990s, Russia tended to underestimate the impact of the EU's forthcoming eastward enlargement. Compared with NATO's expansion into post-Communist territory, EU enlargement looked like the lesser evil.
Why Europe should embrace Turkey

Why Europe should embrace Turkey

Katinka Barysch, Steven Everts, Heather Grabbe
01 September 2005
A majority of voters in the EU, and many politicians, oppose Turkish accession. The essays in this report examine the fears concerning Turkey's membership and argue that many of them are misplaced.
Crunch time on Iran: Five ways out of a nuclear crisis

Crunch time on Iran: Five ways out of a nuclear crisis

Mark Leonard
01 August 2005
For the last few weeks Iran has been openly flirting with the idea of developing nuclear weapons. The European Union, under the leadership of Britain, France and Germany, has been trying to stop it.
The economics of Turkish accession

The economics of Turkish accession

Katinka Barysch
01 July 2005
Countries that want to join the EU need to comply with four accession criteria: One is political, one is related to EU law and two concern economics.
One year after enlargement

One year after enlargement

Katinka Barysch
01 April 2005
When the EU took in ten more countries in May 2004, many people across Europe feared that an enlargement of that size would wreak havoc in the European economy and bring EU decision-making to a halt.
Bulletin issue 41

Issue 41 - 2005

Charles Grant, Katinka Barysch, Mark Leonard, John Monks
25 March 2005