Though experts are relieved to see a recovery in the European economy, many short and long term challenges remain to make sure it goes smoothly. By restoring and developing credit channels and enacting policies to ensure EU competitiveness, Europe can once again achieve high and sustainable growth.

Drone technology has come to the forefront of defining modern and future warfare, helped in part by its efficiency in ongoing American military campaigns. But compared to the United States, German drone capabilities are abysmally low, stymied by a combined lack of drone production experience/capability as well as anti-drone feelings pervasive in German public opinion. …Read More

Der Westen im Allgemeinen und die Bundesregierung im Besonderen hätten sich in den vergangenen Jahren mehr um eine Vertiefung der Zusammenarbeit mit Russland bemühen sollen. Dieses Versäumnis wollten die Sozialdemokraten bei ihrem Regierungseintritt korrigieren: In Anknüpfung an das von ihm entwickelte Konzept der Modernisierungspartnerschaft, wollte Außenminister Steinmeier gleich zu Beginn seiner Amtszeit entsprechende Initiativen entwickeln. …Read More

Following the European Union elections, the main conclusion seems to be that bashing Brussels is a mobilizing force on both the left and the right and that national governments around the continent are in for even more turbulent times. That limits expectations for a more coherent, proactive, and integrated EU in the next few years. …Read More

An eon ago, when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union imploded, the Kremlin still feared Germany. Its angst was anachronistic, but useful. Today President Vladimir Putin fears Ukraine. The angst is premature, and at this stage pernicious. The contrast is instructive. In his time, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev still thought in terms of …Read More

After India, the European Union is the second largest democracy in the world, with 400 million people entitled to vote. While India just finished its several-weeks-long election process, many Europeans will cast their votes on one Sunday, May 25. By all projections, around 40 percent of the electorate will actually turn out to vote in …Read More

More than ten years after the EU initiated negotiations for Turkey’s EU membership, the country remains locked in negotiations, with economic concerns, human rights, and the Cyprus issue looming large. Turkey is an essential country in the West’s relations with the Middle East and is a key NATO ally.  Germany, as a leader in the …Read More

As it becomes clear that Russia is forging a new geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe, Europe and the United States have grappled with the question of their response to this unexpected development. AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Ulrich Speck argues that the West must first accept that, despite two decades spent with open arms, Russia is not …Read More

Just as we confront the sudden current challenges in Ukraine, an analysis of the ongoing confrontation with Iran over its nuclear strategies appears to highlight both the possibilities and limits of negotiations in crisis. Kenneth Pollack’s new book, Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy (Simon and Schuster, 2013), points at both the dilemmas and …Read More

The effort to create a European community of nations and peoples is one of the most important experiments in world history. On a continent shaped by war and conflict for centuries, the past sixty years stand out as tribute to the ongoing commitment to building the European Union we know today. Understanding that evolution has …Read More