European Union


Something is Stirring in Germany
The Freie Wähler are hoping to offer a political home to bailout-critical voters in next year's elections
03/07/2012 | by Derek Scally
Long considered an untouchable central tenet of German politics, four years of turmoil has cast aspersions on unwavering, unquestioning support for the EU. The FW (Free Voters) is challenging this dogma in an effort to shake up the electoral landscape.
Category European Union, Germany, Central Europe, Europe
Europe’s Rough Seas
Angela Merkel is piloting in dangerous waters
22/06/2012 | by Steven Hill
With the end of the eurozone crisis nowhere in sight, all eyes are turned toward Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her long-term vision is valid, but does she have the ability to overcome the more immediate obstacles Europe faces? The Chancellor needs to make the case for “more Europe” to her fellow Germans and show flexibility in her country’s reaction to the crisis. After all, Germany has profited as much, if not more, from the eurozone than any other state.
Category Economy and Currency, European Union, Europe
Honest Aid
If donors keep their word, new structures could boost E.U. development policy
01/01/2011 | by Toby Vogel
Placing development under the aegis of the new E.U. diplomatic corps could foreshadow an upgrading of E.U. development policy. Yet critics warn that some countries may be rewarded for the right positions on E.U. security concerns while others, more deserving, may end up with less aid. The economic crisis is causing donors to backslide on commitments.
Category Development Policy, Economy and Finance, European Union, Europe, Worldwide, Africa South Of Sahara
Between Confrontation and Cooperation
Is there a security role for the European Union on the Korean Peninsula?
With the Six-Party Talks at a stalemate, the European Union may need to step in with soft diplomacy. As the security environment on the Korean Peninsula deteriorates, more active engagement from the European Union could contribute to the long-term stability of the peninsula.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Fragile States, European Union, Conflicts and Strategies, Asia, South Korea, North Korea, East Asia
The Tribulations of Citizenship
Eastern and Western Europe go different ways on this key issue
01/07/2010 | by Belinda Cooper
Category European Union, German Foreign Policy, Europe, Germany, Central Europe, Balkans, South-East Europe
The Politics of Populism
Rise of the rabble-rousers in Central Europe
01/05/2010 | by Paul Hockenos
From the Baltic to the Balkans, demagogues of different stripes have made striking gains at the expense of their liberal opponents. Their populism appeals broadly to people who are frustrated with years of economic hardship and disillusioned with the European Union. Europe pays a high price for having these elements in its midst.
Category European Union, Government and Society, Democratization/System Change, Eastern Europe, Europe
Après le Déluge
01/11/2005 | by Giuliano Amato
It is Europe that has been criticized, not its constitution. But the EU's life must go on.
Category Institutions of the EU, European Union, Geographical areas of Europe
Reform the EU Budget Now!
The CAP, structural funds, and financial justice
01/11/2005 | by Daniel Gros
The EU budget no longer reflects the Union’s main missions and policy goals. In the past, behind farm and regional aid, the items that now dominate allocations, lay the perception that Europe had to ensure its own food supplies and that poorer members had to be bribed to join.
Category Budget, European Union, Geographical areas of Europe
No Alternative to the Euro
The poor euro is a scapegoat for everything, for everybody, everywhere. But the little fellow’s doing just fine, thank y
01/11/2005 | by Norbert Walter
Poor euro. Not welcome on the block. Greeted in the womb as a soon-to-be-stillborn. Feared to be a deprivation for owners of the “good old national money” it replaced. Caricatured as the “teuro” (cost-inflating euro) despite conspicuously lower inflation in the euro era than in the decades before. Belittled in 2000 to 2002 because of its declining external value (versus the US dollar).
Category Economy and Currency, European Union, Trade, Finance, Economy and Finance, Geographical areas of Europe
European Mergers Trump US Acquisitions
Legitimacy makes all the difference
01/11/2005 | by Richard Rosecrance
Corporations have learned the difference. And various European nations have learned from their imperial problems in the past. But the super power United States still has this learning curve ahead of it. Takeovers don’t produce the cooperative trust that maximizes productive synergies.
Category Economy and Currency, Enlargement Process, European Union, Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, Economy and Finance, Europe, United States of America
If America Won't, Germany Must
A globalizing world needs a new economic hegemon
01/08/2005 | by Adam S. Posen
An economic hegemon is a land that is big enough economically and gains enough from an international regime itself, even if no other country contributes. Germany was the nice guy who picked up the EU check. Now it should do the same for the globe.
Category Economy and Finance, German Foreign Policy, Economy and Currency, European Union, Globalization, Germany
Romania's Priorities in Foreign Policy
Bucharest looks at EU membership, close US ties - and the developing Black Sea region.
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, South-East Europe
Berlin and the New Transatlantic Agenda
01/08/2005 | by F. Stephen Larrabee
US-European relations are improving under Bush II; here's what Germany can do to help.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, European Union, Military Capacity, United States of America, Europe, Germany, Geographical areas (transnational) and organizations of the Near and Middle East/Northern Africa East/Northern Africa
An Empire of Law and Consensus
A call for a Europe–and Europeans–beyond the nation-state
01/02/2005 | by Ulrich Beck
Europe can become neither a state nor a nation–and it won’t. Hence it cannot be thought of in terms of the nation-state. The path to the unification of Europe leads not through uniformity but rather through acknowledgment of its national particularities. Diversity is the very source of Europe’s potential creativity. The solution to national problems lies only in European interaction.
Category European Union, Globalization, Economy and Finance, Political System, Government and Society, Europe
Failure in the Third Generation
Why should the grandsons favor more European integration?
01/02/2005 | by Kiran Klaus Patel
The main problem of the EU is its unprecedented success. The founding fathers sought above all to eliminate war from a bloody continent. Their project succeeded so well that peace is now taken for granted. The average European is no longer grateful that war has been made unthinkable.
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, Globalization, Economy and Finance, Europe
Who Owns the Sea?
As the world’s seas become the last frontier, who is the sheriff?
01/02/2005 | by Charles Clover
The idea of the sea as a common, owned by all, has slowly been supplanted by the reality that the sea belongs to those who use it–mostly for financial gain. Why not give these fishermen ownership rights–and the responsibilities that go with them?
Category Climate and Environment, European Union, Worldwide
A new epoch is beginning
European Commissioner Günter Verheugen talks to IP
01/01/2005 | by Günter Verheugen
The EU Commissioner who guided the 2004 eastern enlargement, which saw the EU gain 10 new members at once, speaks to IP about future enlargements and whether the EU will soon run into "enlargement fatigue."
Category Enlargement Process, European Union, Eastern Europe, Europe
Atlanticism for the 21st Century
NATO's Secretary-General contends that the worst is over after the transatlantic feuds that broke out with the Iraq war. They naysayers always exaggerated in any case. Momentum returned with the Istanbul summit last June. The US and Europe remain each other's No. 1 strategic partners. And terrorism requires cooperation between the two as never before.
Category NATO, Security, Conflicts and Strategies, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements, European Union, Europe-USA, United States of America, Europe, Iraq, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Global Democracy and the European Model
01/08/2004 | by George A. Papandreou
In the 21st century globalization has become the new political and ideological battleground. It is a source of economic, cultural and social wealth; it encourages diversity, openness, and freedom.
Category European Union, Institutions of the EU, Geographical areas of Europe
EU at 25—Shaping the Future
01/08/2004 | by Werner Weidenfeld, Josef Janning
As the EU reaches 25 members, it is time to revisit the prospect of a single EU constitution.
Category Institutions of the EU, European Union, Enlargement Process, Geographical areas of Europe