The future of Europe’s relations with Russia looks bleak as the Kremlin pursues an increasingly aggressive foreign policy. The EU can’t fix Russia, but it can lower the risk of major conflict.
The apparent mood of passivity and disillusionment among the Greek public will likely increase the abstention rate in the next elections, and the latest wave of strikes and the mobilisation of trade unions may be early signs of mounting resentment against the government.
This week’s World Humanitarian Summit was an opportunity to discuss how to assist the suffering, yet the entire process showed much of the humanitarian sector at its most fragmented and self-indulgent.
Today’s news risks making this system even more dysfunctional, politicised, untethered from reality, consumed by factionalism – and thus more dangerous for both Putin and Europe.
It is now time to look at the collateral damage that Berlin’s desperate attempts to bring numbers down have meant for the EU system as a whole.
Mark Leonard speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Mattia Toaldo, about Libya, the growing threat of ISIS, and developments Syria.
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30 May 2016
Mattia Toaldo quoted in Jeune Afrique on the General Haftar's legitimacy in Libya.
29 May 2016
Mattia Toaldo quoted in La Dépêche on the difficulties experienced by the government of national unity in Libya.
27 May 2016
Mathieu Duchâtel et Jérôme Doyon interwieved in Le Monde on the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
26 May 2016
Interview with Dimi Reider on what Netanyahu will do with his expanded coalition.
The political crisis surrounding the handling of refugee inflows in the EU has now reached a stage where there is too much bad blood for a “more of the same” approach to have much hope of working.
Mark Leonard speaks with Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador to the UK, and ECFR's Fredrik Wesslau and Vessela Tcherneva, about the Eurovision Song Contest and its geopolitical features.
The lack of progress on the Minsk agreement means not only that the condition of fully implementing the agreement remains unfulfilled - it has also effectively killed the idea of a partial easing of sanctions.
Josef Janning introduces the EU Cohesion Monitor and explains some of the stories hidden in its data.
Mark Leonard speaks with Burkhard Bischof and Caroline de Gruyter about the Austrian presidential elections, and with Douglas Alexander about parallels between the British and Scottish referendum.
The kidnapping of four ICRC workers by prominent political figures in Mali indicates that the Jihadists might be holding the peace process hostage as well as its aid workers.
Angela Merkel needs a set of policy alternatives that she can build on if Erdoğan does, in fact, let her down, or if he continues to raise the price tag, strengthening the voice of her critics at home and in Europe as a whole.
European migrants are supporting the social fabric of places such as Thurrock and keeping Britain’s creaking public services on life support.
Far from being an all-powerful “spookocracy” that controls the Kremlin, Russia’s intelligence services are internally divided, and often produce poor quality intelligence – ultimately threatening the interests of Vladimir Putin himself.
Southern European countries such as Spain, Italy and Portugal became less cohesive with the EU over the period due to the financial crisis, while East-Central European countries, such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, became more cohesive during the same time.
A new study from ECFR shows that, perhaps surprisingly, between 2007 and 2014, cohesion among EU member states has improved, even after years of crises. The EU Cohesion Monitor presents new insights on cohesion as an underestimated source of strength and collective action in the EU.
To stem the influx of Afghan refugees, Europe needs to turn to Asian partners.
There must be a clear, coherent, and mutually agreed upon roadmap for dealing with the country’s varied issues, including blueprints for the federal system and, all importantly, the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections.
Davutoğlu’s departure may cut the EU and Turkey’s honeymoon period short, and endanger the refugee deal agreed just two months ago.