Is Europe doomed to fail as a power?
Written by Charles Grant, 01 July 2009
How relevant is Europe in the emerging multipolar world? On current trends, the EU seems unlikely to be one of the powers that shapes the new order. Divisions among the member-states and a lack of military muscle have weakened the EU's foreign and defence policy. Charles Grant analyses the reasons for Europe's underperformance, such as the impact of enlargement, the lack of a common strategic culture and the changing role of Germany. He concludes with a set of suggestions on how to boost the EU's power. Robert Cooper responds that while one should not judge the EU by the standards of a state, its actions around the world have helped to spread peace and stability.