Research

Are Europeans a better transatlantic security partner than meets the eye?

Are Europeans a better transatlantic security partner than meets the eye?

Clara Marina O'Donnell, Patryk Pawlak
06 July 2012
Europeans are less willing to use military force than their US allies. But they are still making significant contributions to global stability.
Europe's External Action Service: Ten steps towards a credible EU foreign policy

Europe's External Action Service: Ten steps towards a credible EU foreign policy

Edward Burke
04 July 2012
The EU's new diplomatic service has been widely criticised. Although the EEAS has achieved more than many acknowledge, it can still do a lot better.
The implications of military spending cuts for NATO's largest members

The implications of military spending cuts for NATO's largest members

Andrew Dorman, Bastian Giegerich, Camille Grand, Adam Grissom, Christian Mölling, Clara Marina O'Donnell
01 July 2012
Brookings
There have long been debates about the sustainability of the transatlantic alliance and accusations amongst allies of unequal contributions to burden-sharing. But since countries on both sides of the Atlantic have begun introducing new – and often major – military spending cuts in response to the economic crisis, concerns about...
Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Saving emissions trading from irrelevance

Stephen Tindale
29 June 2012
The Emissions Trading System must be overhauled. The cap should be lowered, and combined with a price floor and ceiling and border tax adjustments.
Franco-German discord

Needed: A Franco-German concordat

27 June 2012
The euro needs a Franco-German bargain: Germany must swallow eurobonds and a banking union, while France must let the EU have a say on its budget.
Britain must defend the single market

Britain must defend the single market

Jo Johnson MP
22 June 2012
A Conservative MP argues that the single market will flounder if the UK is marginalised inside the EU – or if the UK leaves altogether.
Germany’s own goal

Germany's own goal: Why Berlin's sense of invulnerability will be its undoing

22 June 2012
Germany’s strategy for dealing with the euro crisis is maximising, not minimising, risks to the country’s economic and political interests.
The EU & corruption

The EU must fight corruption and defend the rule of law

Hugo Brady
14 June 2012
Policy-makers in Brussels worry increasingly about corruption, national mal-administration and the rule of law in the EU. New thinking is needed to address such concerns.
Japan's response to China's rise

Japan's response to China's rise

13 June 2012
Japan fears China's growing strength and increasingly assertive foreign policy. Japan has responded by strengthening alliances with the US and other maritime powers.
Some sorts of austerity are better than others

Some sorts of austerity are better than others

01 June 2012
Governments in the eurozone's periphery are making indiscriminate cuts. Reducing spending that does little to support demand and recycling it into investment would help.
The continent or the open sea: Does Britain have a European future?

The continent or the open sea: Does Britain have a European future?

David Rennie
28 May 2012
The UK has always had a difficult relationship with the EU. Its continued membership of the club can no longer be taken for granted.
A Greek exit will not be cathartic

A Greek exit will not be cathartic

25 May 2012
How the eurozone handles Greece will determine whether or not the single currency survives – and hence the future of the EU as a whole.
If a Greek exit from the eurozone is mishandled, contagion to the other struggling member-states could be uncontrollable, leading inexorably to the collapse of the euro....
Time for France to take the lead on Syria

Time for France to take the lead on Syria

Edward Burke
25 May 2012
Western policy towards Syria is a mess and needs to be rethought before it is too late. Lebanon is sliding into conflict and jihadist and other extremist groups have increased their presence in both countries.
The Gulf states, with tacit US support, have started arming Islamist militant groups of which they...
What Putin's return means for the former Soviet republics

What Putin's return means for the former Soviet republics

Jana Kobzova, Tomas Valasek
25 May 2012
Vladimir Putin's re-election as Russia's president, and his absence from recent summits of the G8 and NATO, indicate a hardening of Russian attitudes towards the West.
What does this imply for Russia's relations with the former Soviet republics in Europe and Central Asia? The EU and NATO have little interest in...
Smart but too cautious: How NATO can improve its fight against austerity

Smart but too cautious: How NATO can improve its fight against austerity

Claudia Major, Christian Mölling, Tomas Valasek
21 May 2012
European militaries remain wary of collaboration. NATO should give them incentives and address their fears.
NATO ponders austerity and US 'pivot'

NATO ponders austerity and US 'pivot'

Tomas Valasek
18 May 2012
The US sees itself as a Pacific power, and the Europeans are busy plundering their defence budgets. Does NATO have a future?
How Hollande should handle Merkel

How Hollande should handle Merkel

14 May 2012
Can François Hollande persuade Angela Merkel to shift the EU's eurozone strategy away from austerity and deficit reduction, and towards growth and employment?
Ireland's fiscal treaty referendum

Ireland's fiscal treaty referendum: (More) fear and loathing in the eurozone?

Hugo Brady
11 May 2012
Ireland votes on the EU’s new fiscal compact on May 31st. Hugo Brady assesses the chances of a Yes and the consequences of a No.
Germany's choice

Germany's choice: Higher inflation or sovereign defaults

09 May 2012
Germany faces a choice between higher inflation or a wave of sovereign defaults culminating in either a transfer union or the collapse of the eurozone.