World Archives

  • Bulgaria needs wind electricity

    Central Europe 24-11-2009

    "By 2020, wind energy could be generating between 13.5% and 15% of Bulgaria's electricity needs" and ensure that the country is no longer dependent on gas, writes Christian Kjaer, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association.

  • Twenty years after: End of Communism cheered but with reservations

    EU Priorities 2020 10-11-2009

    Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, public opinion on both sides of the Iron Curtain generally look back approvingly at the collapse of communism. But the initial widespread enthusiasm about these changes has dimmed, according to a 14-nation survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project in Eastern and Western Europe, as well as the United States.

  • Turkey’s game for the Caucasus

    Armenia 16-10-2009

    "The process of normalising Turkish-Armenian relations which has been observed [since the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008] is the most important element of Turkey's new policy towards the Caucasus," writes Maciej Falkowski, a researcher at the Warsaw-based Centre for Eastern Studies (CES), in an October paper.

  • Russia-Ukraine: War is ‘the only option’

    Med & South 19-08-2009

    A war between Russia and Ukraine “could happen in the very near future, and certainly no later than 2017, when the Russian Black Sea Fleet is set to leave Sebastopol, as the lease agreement with Ukraine to use this ‘city of Russian military glory’ expires,” writes George Bovt, a Moscow-based political commentator, in an August paper published by the EU-Russia Centre think-tank.

  • ‘Buy Chinese’: Is China fuelling protectionism?

    Trade & Society 23-07-2009

    Recent moves by the Chinese government in a protectionist direction are worrying and have uncertain consequences, writes Stanley Crossick, founding chair of the European Policy Centre, in a recent post on Blogactiv.

  • The limits of enlargement-lite: European and Russian power

    Med & South 16-06-2009

    "The EU's security, prosperity and its relationship with Russia are bound up with the well-being of the states in [its] Eastern neighbourhood," write Andrew Wilson and Nicu Popescu in a June paper for the European Council on Foreign Relations.

  • EU-China High Level Economic & Trade Dialogue love-in

    Trade & Society 18-05-2009

    "It is not possible […] to take an optimistic view of the trade relationship" between the EU and China, writes European Policy Centre founder Stanley Crossick in a May blog post reflecting on the High-Level Economic & Trade Dialogue (HED), which took place in Brussels on 7-8 May.

  • The European Union and its Neighbourhood: Time for a Rethink

    Med & South 11-05-2009

    The EU's new foreign policy initiative, the Eastern Partnership (EaP), was written in "ambitious terms", but must show greater sensitivity to the intricacies of its target region, argues Helen Wallace of the London School of Economics (LSE) in a paper for the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

  • G20 London summit: After the dust has settled

    EU Priorities 2020 05-05-2009

    "The US-China relationship is becoming the most important bilateral relationship in the world," writes Stanley Crossick, the founder of the European Policy Centre, in a March blog post reflecting on the outcome of the recent G20 summit in London.

  • China ready to work with EU on CO2 reduction

    EU Priorities 2020 20-04-2009

    A very important priority of China's relations with the EU is to vigorously promote co-operation in energy saving, emission reduction, environmental protection and new energy sources, writes Ambassador Song Zhe, head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the EU, in an essay published on the mission's webpage on 18 April.

  • Learning from the Crisis: Securing European Natural Gas Supplies

    Med & South 02-04-2009

    "A larger, well-interconnected market receiving supplies from a variety of exporters is expected to be the best insurance" against gas delivery disruptions, writes Arno Behrens, a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in a March paper.

  • Restoring the EU-Russia partnership

    Med & South 26-02-2009

    The EU must "restore self-confidence and cohesion" in its policy towards Russia, argues Arkady Moshes, programme director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, in a February paper for the Robert Schuman Foundation.

  • Europe should unite against Russia

    Global Europe 02-02-2009

    "The EU should review its perception of what Russian outward-looking economic policies stand for," argues Maria Ordzhonikidze, secretary-general of the EU-Russia Centre, in a January publication.

  • The case for a gas transit consortium

    Med & South 29-01-2009

    Gas supply interruptions from Russia to the EU via Ukraine show that the current "status quo is defective and unsustainable as a policy," argue Elena Gnedina and Michael Emerson, research fellows at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in a January policy brief.

  • China musn’t feel humiliated by the West

    Global Europe 28-11-2008

    "There is a gulf of misunderstanding between China and the West over Tibet and the Dalai Lama," argues Stanley Crossick, founding chairman of the European Policy Centre (EPC), in a post on

  • Transatlantic relations and the ‘Obama effect’

    Global Europe 14-11-2008

    "Europe got the [US] president it wanted on 4th November," writes Tomas Valasek, director of foreign policy and defence at the Centre for European Reform (CER), in a November commentary.

  • Between EU and US: Reassessing security and peace-building

    Global Europe 04-11-2008

    "The new European security strategy (ESS) could help to reconfigure EU-US relations in the post-Bush era and foster greater coherence, coordination and capabilities in EU policy-making," writes Antonio Missiroli, director of studies at the European Policy Centre, in an October commentary.

  • Kosovo’s fragile transition

    Global Europe 15-10-2008

    "Kosovo is proving to be a difficult test for EU security and defence policy," argues a September report from the International Crisis Group (ICG), which urges the bloc to show more determination to deliver on international commitments and avoid compromising ongoing negotiations with Russia over the deployment of a new EU defence mission to Georgia.

  • The EU and the Russia-Georgia war

    Global Europe 11-09-2008

    Russia's new willingness to act to extend its borders, the non-respect of international law and the "highly important energy game" are the main geopolitical issues raised by the country's "energetic" demonstration of force in the war with Georgia last August, write Jean-Dominique Guliani and Michel Foucher for the Robert Schuman Foundation.

  • Post-mortem on Europe’s first war of the 21st century

    Global Europe 04-09-2008

    Last month's war between Russia and Georgia has "shattered any remaining illusions over the frontiers of the normative map of Europe," according to Michael Emerson of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

  • Crisis in the South Caucasus: Turkey’s Big Moment?

    Global Europe 03-09-2008

    The Georgia-Russia crisis offers Turkey "a unique chance to bolster its regional clout, check Russian and Iranian influence and help secure the flow of Western-bound oil and natural gas from former Soviet Central Asia and Azerbaijan," writes Amberin Zaman in an August analysis for the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

  • China as an international investor: in a class of its own

    Trade & Society 01-09-2008

    China is in a "class of its own" among the BRIC group of fast-growing economic powers and will "replace the United States as the world's largest economy by 2040," says Markus Jaeger of Deutsche Bank Research in an August paper. BRIC also comprises Brazil, Russia and India.

  • Can the EU win the peace in Georgia?

    Global Europe 27-08-2008

    The conflict between Georgia and Russia has seen the EU become the main diplomatic mediator between the two and it should use this status to develop peaceful relations in the region, argue Nicu Popescu et al. in an August 2008 commentary for the European Council on Foreign Relations.

  • What the war in Georgia means for EU policy

    Global Europe 25-08-2008

    The war in Georgia divided the EU instead of uniting it, while differences between its members' positions will thwart the bloc's attempts to develop a common Russia policy, writes Tomas Valasek in an August paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).