Attending conferences in Europe and the United States over the past three years, I have been struck by the increasing Western preoccupation with Asia's rise, the growing influence of the rising powers of Asia, and the challenge they pose to Western values and norms governing international institutions.
Europe’s unprecedented period of peace, social stability, and prosperity may be coming to an end. So, what comes next? The manner in which it resolves the eurocrisis will determine whether Europe transitions to a resurgent continent; muddles through; or enters an age of disarray.
How would you like to go down in history as the person who “lost Europe,” “lost Germany,” or simultaneously lost both? This is the question that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany may face sooner rather than later.
What would the end of European integration really mean geopolitically? Thinking through and prioritizing the consequences yield five of the utmost importance, but whether they are modest or seismic would depend on the way failure happens.
German and Greek soccer players take the field on Friday evening in Poland in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2012 soccer championship. It will be Europe’s largest economy and creditor versus the continent’s weakest economy and most indebted nation. Yes, it is a European analyst’s dream matchup.
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.