China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) aims at reshaping Asia through investment and increased connectivity. Yet it also bears direct consequences for Europe, which is envisioned as the end point of both China’s new land and maritime routes. What does BRI entail for Europe? How does it fit or conflict with some of Europe’s current economic and geopolitical objectives? What is (are) Europe’s view(s) on China’s initiative? And what are the ways to make sure China’s and Europe’s interests align along Beijing’s new silk roads?”
Agatha Kratz is an Associate Policy Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations' (ECFR) Asia & China programme. Until December 2015, she was the editor in chief of China Analysis, ECFR's quarterly review on Chinese current affairs. She is also a PhD candidate at King’s College London’s Lau China Institute, working on China's exports of high-speed rail.