The EU's policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is widely seen as ineffective and the division between member states only contributes to that, says Yossi Mekelberg.
'The Right have got it really bad on this Europe thing,' he told business leaders at Chatham House. 'It is a kind of virus that makes you want to take positions for the sake of asserting them, when a rational analysis says you don’t need to be in that position.'
Speaking to a business audience at [an event hosted by] foreign affairs thinktank Chatham House in London, Mr Blair said: 'Europe is a destiny we will never embrace easily. But it is an absolutely essential part of our nation remaining a world power politically and economically.'
James Nixey believes Mr Shoigu might look to build a large, Soviet-style military, given his fierce loyalty to President Vladimir Putin – who has often bemoaned the loss of the Soviet Union's 'great power' status.
Marzouki was speaking in London at Chatham House, where he and Ennahdha leader Rached Ghannouchi were presented with the London-based think tank's annual award for their role 'at the forefront of the new democratic wave in the Middle East and North Africa'.
If the [Syrian] government is simply printing money in Russia and flying it to Damascus, then the potential for hyperinflation is very strong, says David Butter.
I don't think that this potential deployment of the Patriot missiles is part and parcel of enforcing a no-fly zone. I think it reflects a frustration in Ankara that there hasn't been a more robust and muscular reaction to the Assad regime, says Fadi Hakura.
Ben Shepherd wrote in a paper that Congo and Rwanda were playing a high-stakes game, with Rwanda risking further international condemnation for reported rebel backing and Kabila potentially facing a backlash over his handling of the rebellion.
Another round of conflict between Israel and Gaza has killed more than 100 people and caused immense destruction. But there may be an unlikely winner: Egypt, writes Jane Kinninmont.