Speaking recently at Chatham House, Herman van Rompuy -- president of the European Council -- used a theater metaphor to refer to Europe's role on the world stage.
On April 22, the first round of French elections will be held. This election will be the first in a series of important European elections over the next three weeks: the May 6 French runoff election (assuming no candidate wins an absolute majority on April 22), the May 6 Greek elections, and two German state elections (Schleswig-Holstein on May 6 and North Rhine-Westphalia on May 13).
Washington’s pivot toward Asia and its frustration over Europe’s mishandling of its debt crisis have left European nations wondering if this means they now get the cold shoulder.
Turkey’s ambitious foreign policy aimed at zero problems with its neighbors is under threat. The escalating crisis in Syria and related regional turbulence are complicating Turkey’s important relationships with both Iran and Russia.
In February 2012, the Islamic Republic of Iran celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution with the unveiling of new defense acquisition programs and the launch of a spy satellite.
The various states that comprise the EU and non-EU Europe play a critical role in the competition between the US and Iran. Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapons threshold capability, and evidence that it may be seeking to deploy nuclear armed missiles has led to enhanced policy coordination between leaders in the US and Europe.
Crisis? What crisis? This week the European Central Bank (ECB) unleashed a second tidal wave of inexpensive, three-year loans—long-term refinancing options (LTROs)—with more relaxed collateral requirements. Eight- hundred European banks, large and small, eagerly soaked up €530 billion of liquidity on top of December’s LTROs of €489 billion.
European countries have consistently been significant contributors of international official development assistance (ODA); in 2010, the EU and its member states spent €53.8 on ODA, nearly 60 percent of global development aid.
In an environment of declining defense spending by what have traditionally been the largest customers on both sides of the Atlantic, aerospace and defense companies face difficult decisions on how to deploy their cash.