Image License All rights reserved Copyright owner © REUTERS/Yves Herman Issue #1/2021 - January The second issue of INTERNATIONALE POLITIK QUARTERLY focuses on the European Union's "geopolitical awakening." Editorial Henning Hoff Securing Europe's Global Future The EU needs to think bigger—and act. What Europe Thinks ... Ulrike Franke What Europe Thinks … About Security and Defense Opinions polls show that Europeans want their continent to become more of an independent power. Cover Section Daniela Schwarzer Europe’s Geopolitical Moment There is a growing consensus that the EU has to become a geopolitical actor. Mark Leonard The EU’s Double Bind COVID-19 has forced Europeans to confront a twin shock to their worldview. Florence Gaub The EU in Action I: The Middle East and North Africa Europe must redefine its role in the Middle East and take action now. Günter Seufert The EU in Action II: Turkey Dealing with the Erdogan government will be a stress test for the EU’s geopolitical ambitions. Sarah Pagung The EU in Action III: Russia Containment must remain the focus of the EU’s policy vis-à-vis Moscow. Barbara Kunz Time for Big Picture Thinking EU-NATO relations have to be reconsidered. Berlin Cable Henning Hoff AKK Goes Forth Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is putting Germany on a geopolitical course. Pariscope Joseph de Weck When Opposites Don’t Attract Emmanuel Macron is strengthening his military and wants Berlin to do the same. For a real security partner, however, he is looking to Washington. Carbon Critical Noah J. Gordon Flexing the Regulatory Muscle The EU is getting ready to introduce a so-called carbon border tax. The Wider View Wladislaw Inosemzew Old Empires Collide Russia’s concept of the “near abroad” and historical rivalries help explain Moscow’s foreign policy. Quarterly Concerns Anand Menon A Daunting Agenda for Brexit Britain A Brexit deal is done, but the United Kingdom's real challenges lie ahead, both at home and abroad.