Europe is recognising that great-power competition is back and that autopilot solutions, or knee-jerk reactions, are no more than the illusion of a plan. The game that Europe loves so much to play, multilateralism, is under threat.
Commission hearings continue with Vera Jourova (Czech Republic) and Josep Borrell (Spain).
If the European Commission - and foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in particular - would have the EU assume a more active role in world affairs, they will be presented with a host of difficult choices, few of them black or white. Take, for example, the question of Iran.
Spanish socialist Josep Borrell, undiplomatic head of European diplomacy?
They are the new faces of the European Union: Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, Christine Lagarde, and Josep Borrell. Here are facts about the nominated for EU top jobs.