With war raging in Ukraine, the countries of Southeastern Europe are increasingly relevant, particularly in terms of infrastructure. Politically they could also become more important, if the EU played its cards right.
Finland and Sweden joining NATO will strengthen the position of the countries, as well as the transatlantic alliance and European security.
Prague takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in July. Jaroslav Kurfürst, the Czech Republic’s Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership in charge of preparing the presidency, talks to IPQ about the impact Russia’s attack on Ukraine has had on the EU.
Russia’s war against Ukraine constitutes a historic moment, argues the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD). It requires the country to act as a leading power. It also means that the European Union needs to become a stronger geopolitical player.
President Emmanuel Macron’s loss of a majority in France’s parliament means that little will get done in terms of domestic policy in the coming years. This could be excellent news for France.
A democratic Europe needs a new kind of public diplomacy.
Integration into the EU would strengthen Ukraine’s position, as well as Europe’s security as a whole.
Beijing is furious at what it sees as the emergence of the long-feared US-led coalition to contain China. With the world moving toward an increasingly bipolar order, countries, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, are likely to feel growing pressure to pick a side.
Amid dramatic shifts caused by Russia’s war of aggression, Germany is getting a lot of flak for dragging its feet and acting too slowly. The Scholz government is risking its leadership role in Europe.
The German government needs to do more to address the growing repression in China. Chancellor Olaf Scholz should extend and deepen current efforts to raise the price for serious human rights violations.
Given the resurgence of great power competition, intelligence has a decisive role to play in strengthening the European Union’s security.
The upcoming meeting of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) near Paris offers the chance to forge a Euro-Atlantic Operating System for democratic technology governance.