China & Russia

A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific re

A presence farther east: Can Europe play a strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region?

Rem Korteweg
25 July 2014
Europe should increase its role to promote East Asian security. Its economic interests, transatlantic ties and relations with Asian partners are in jeopardy.
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Russia's gas deal with China: Business is business

Ian Bond, Rem Korteweg
25 June 2014
Russia's gas deal with China helps Beijing more than Moscow. It should also encourage the EU to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
Will Europe scratch Japan's back?

Will Europe scratch Japan's back?

Rem Korteweg
06 June 2014
Japan is drawing parallels between Russian and Chinese power politics. Tokyo supports European interests in Ukraine and elsewhere, but will Europe help Japan in its neighbourhood?
CER bulletin - Issue 96

Issue 96 - 2014

Charles Grant, Christian Odendahl, Rem Korteweg, Simon Tilford
06 June 2014
What is wrong with German foreign policy?

What is wrong with German foreign policy?

06 May 2014
Events in Ukraine give Germany a chance to lead EU foreign policy - if its own policy become less commercially-driven, and more strategic.
The EU and Russia: Uncommon spaces

The EU and Russia: Uncommon spaces

16 April 2014
The House of Lords has published a report on the EU and Russia, incorporating recommendations from this 2014 policy brief - a good guide to a troubled relationship.
Russia is challenging the EU’s values and interests, above all in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The Union has struggled...
How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

How to reduce dependence on Russian gas

Stephen Tindale
10 April 2014
Europe should improve energy efficiency, develop all alternative gas sources, and expand renewable, CCS and nuclear energy. The foreign policy advantages would justify the cost.
Can the EU help Belarus to guard its independence?

Can the EU help Belarus to guard its independence?

03 April 2014
The annexation of Crimea has made Belarus nervous. It plans to join Russia's Eurasian Economic Union - but also hopes for closer ties to the EU‎.
Europe and Russia: Continental divide?

Europe and Russia: Continental divide?

01 April 2014
In annexing Crimea, Putin has violated a taboo. The West should respond by deterring further adventurism, reinforcing regional security and encouraging change in Russia.
Poland and Ukraine: A tale of two economies

Poland and Ukraine: A tale of two economies

31 March 2014
The EU finally needs to fulfil its moral obligation to Ukraine: to treat it like any other sovereign country trying to escape Russia's grasp.
Annual report 2013

Annual report 2013

10 February 2014
Charles Grant discusses the challenges facing the EU in 2014, such as the European elections, Britain's slide towards the exit and the continuing travails of the eurozone.
EU-Russia relations: Partnership on ice?

EU-Russia relations: Partnership on ice?

27 January 2014
The EU and Russia hold too many unproductive summits. The EU should defend its interests, instead of pretending that it has a partnership with Russia.
The Eastern Partnership: The road from Vilnius leads to ...?

The Eastern Partnership: The road from Vilnius leads to ...?

09 December 2013
The EU's Eastern Partners are increasingly heterogeneous. Reform-minded Georgia and Moldova deserve support; Ukraine needs tough love. The EU should stand up to Russian pressure.
Ukraine: Edging towards the EU?

Ukraine: Edging towards the EU?

24 October 2013
If Ukraine signs an EU Association Agreement next month, that is only the start. Implementing it will take hard work from Kyiv and support from Brussels.
Is Putin going soft?

Is Putin going soft?

16 October 2013
Vladimir Putin seems to be opening up Russia’s political system, a little. But his hard-line tactics in Russia’s neighbourhood are failing to win friends.
Europe cannot make up its mind about the US pivot

Europe cannot make up its mind about the US pivot

Rem Korteweg
27 September 2013
Two years ago the United States announced a renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific. Its strategic rebalance – also known as the 'pivot' – is driven, among other things, by worries about security. But the EU and its member-states are confused about what this American shift means for their...
Division and indecision over Syria

Division and indecision over Syria

Rem Korteweg
18 September 2013
The Syrian crisis has split Europe and the US. They should push for a common Security Council position, but an ambiguous resolution may lead to military action and further division.