The European Union Clashes With Google Over Copyright

WASHINGTON — Both U.S. presidential candidates might have recently called Angela Merkel their favorite foreign leader, but there is still plenty of transatlantic conflict stemming from German ideas. On September 14, the EU Commission fired the latest shot in its fight against U.S. tech giants with its proposal to overhaul Europe’s copyright laws for the digital age.

Germany’s neo-Bismarckian strategy

The vote by the British people to leave the European Union has thrust Berlin into an even more pivotal position than it was already in – the future of the EU will now revolve even more tightly around Germany than ever before. In that sense, the United Kingdom has unintentionally created a “more German Europe.”

The End of the German Moment?

Historians will probably argue that November 28, 2011 was probably the high moment of Germany’s influence in EU politics. Speaking in Berlin, Radosław Sikorski made a historical remark: “I will probably be first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.

Ukraine: Is the Stalemate Stable?

By Chris Miller

The military scare in Crimea in mid-August, which saw Russia conducting snap exercises and promising “serious consequences” against Kyiv, was intended to put the Ukraine crisis back on Western leaders’ agendas.

Sovereignty Without Influence: The Folly of Brexit

The result of the June 23 referendum on British membership of the EU was as unexpected in Britain as in continental Europe. Yet since her virtual coronation as Prime Minister on July 13, Theresa May, has turned the page with élan and authority.

What the Failed Coup Means for Turkey’s Foreign Policy

In the late hours of Friday, July 15, as civilians and police battled with elements of Turkey’s army for control of the country, the prospect of a NATO ally slipping into chaos loomed large. Located where the Middle East meets Europe, Turkey is a key partner in confronting the challenge of refugee flows on one hand, and militant jihadi traffic on the other.

Russia Seeks Engagement, But Offers Nothing

Russian authorities now want to reengage with Western capitals and discuss sanctions. But, they are offering no concession to governments that have grown distrustful of Russian words and deeds, and are determined not to let Moscow get away with armed subversion in Ukraine. They want to talk, but do not budge.

How to Trade Aid for Reform in Ukraine

By Chris Miller

The only thing standing between Ukraine and bankruptcy is Western financial support. In exchange for billions of dollars in aid, the West has demanded that Ukraine reform its economy and its political system.

Russia Trying to Fill West’s Void in Serbia

Montenegro may be a tiny country, but its NATO accession is a landmark in the Western Balkans’ tortuously slow integration process into the twin pillars of the political West in Europe – the Atlantic alliance and the European Union. It is NATO’s first enlargement in seven years.

How Merkel Can Win the Wrestling Match Against Putin

Russia aims to be a global power, on equal footing with the United States. This is understandable with regard to the self-image of Russia as the successor of the Soviet Union, which was indeed one pole in a bipolar world order — on equal footing with the Unites States. But the ambition is not backed up by corresponding power resources.