- CommentaryJun 29, 2015
Over the last 48 hours we have seen a dramatic turn of events in the five-plus-year saga between Greece and its creditors. The last minute compromises and referendum threats made over the past several years have de-sensitized governments, markets, and Europeans to the possibility of an actual Eurozone exit.
- NewsletterJun 29, 2015
The Russian city of Ufa is coming up on summit season. From July 7 to 10, the city will play host to both the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summits.
- CommentaryJun 26, 2015
The future of European defense was very much in the headlines this week as U.S. defense secretary Ash Carter visited Germany, Estonia, and Belgium to attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers. Secretary Carter’s speeches and meetings this week were all part of an effort to take stock of and augment NATO’s efforts to defend against and deter Russia.
- CommentaryJun 17, 2015
Since his victory in Greek elections on January 25, the message conveyed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been consistent: he will put an end Greece’s “humiliation” caused by its creditors and their imposed austerity measures, and Greece will remain in the European Monetary Union.
- CommentaryJun 8, 2015
The 41st meeting of the Group of (once again) Seven countries in Germany has come to an official end. The tightened security presence and bands of protestors have begun to dissipate as the Bavarian Bürgermeisters and local citizens sigh with relief.
- NewsletterMay 28, 2015
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany will welcome her peers from the world’s largest advanced democracies to the Bavarian luxury hotel of Schloss Elmau on June 7 for the annual G7 summit. The event is likely to prompt some useful debate and modest announcements on a lengthy agenda of political and economic challenges.
- CommentaryMay 22, 2015
Europe’s political center—left and right—is in the process of collapsing, making way for far more radical and populist parties on the extremes of the political spectrum. This collapse has been most evident in southern Europe, where five years of economic hardship and high unemployment have taken a dramatic toll.
- Europe’s New Military Operation against Human Smugglers and the Migration Crisis in the MediterraneanCritical QuestionsMay 22, 2015
Q1: Why has the European Union announced a military operation in the Mediterranean Sea?
- CommentaryMay 8, 2015
The British electorate gave pundits, pollsters, and analysts alike a great comeuppance yesterday. How confident we were in our belief that we would awake to a hung parliament, with questions about government illegitimacy and coalition fragility, and face an overwhelming likelihood that Britain would be heading toward early elections. How very wrong we were.
- ReportMay 8, 2015
The Honorable Carl Bildt's speech delivered at the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy, CSIS
‘A Statesman Laureate Lecture’.