Europe’s performance in dealing with the rest of the world. The scorecard assesses the performance of the 27 member states and the EU institutions on 79 policy areas arranged around the six key themes below.
||2012 was a year of change in China as the new generation of leaders took over and the US “pivoted” to Asia. The EU seemed less panic-stricken in its approach to China than it was in 2011, and put in a slightly improved performance across the range of components in 2012.|
|B-||2012 was a good year for European unity and resolve in relation to Russia. After Russia joined the WTO, the EU launched an anti-competition probe against Gazprom, andspoke out on human rights in Russia. Still, the EU’s influence on the conditions on the ground in Russia remains limited.|
|B-||Europeans slightly improved their performance on the United States, especially in cooperation on regional and global issues. However, despite signs of resilience, Europeans did not always get what they wanted from the US – for example support on visa reciprocity.|
|C+||In 2012, the EU’s power in Wider Europe was diluted as it began to export the crisis to its already troubled periphery. Member states remained divided on offering a roadmap to Turkey and there was little progress in the Eastern Partnership countries, with the exception of Moldova and Georgia.|
|C+||Technical progress under the ENP continued in the Middle East and North Africa in 2012, but the EU failed to bring significant influence to bear in other ways. The EU struggled to press for political reform in non-transition countries and could not unblock the international impasse on Syria.|
|B-||EU performance in multilateral institutions worsened in 2012.Europeans were frustrated by the US blockage of an Arms Trade Treaty and by the refusal of China and Russia to approve UNSC action on Syria. The EU approved new CSDP missions but they lacked the resources to make a big impact.|