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.
Mark Leonard speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Mattia Toaldo, about Libya, the growing threat of ISIS, and developments Syria.
Poland appears to be firmly anchored among the six large member states of the EU, seen as more important than Spain.
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.
Our experts and eminent guests talk about Europe’s role in the world.
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25 May 2016
Mark Leonard on the competition between state actors in the world (Polish translation of the article for Project Syndicate).
25 May 2016
Sebastian Dullien on what Brexit would mean for annual and parental leave.
24 May 2016
Hugh Lovatt quoted on Israel-Palestine relations.
24 May 2016
Josef Janning on Merkel needing to work with Turkey on the refugee issue.
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.
France and the UK will likely be the first beneficiaries of Japanese technological developments - though they also imply that Japan is now a competitor.
The refugee crisis, the Euro crisis, the Ukraine crisis, and the British referendum: Mark Leonard speaks with Ivan Krastev, Sir Robert Cooper, and Kadri Liik, about how the multiple crises Europe is facing are interrelated.
The unexpected win for the FPÖ in Austria had eurosceptics across the continent proclaiming the righteousness of their cause, but the result betrays a deeper political malaise in Austrian society.
Let policy not simply be driven by individual judges and magistrates, a case here and a country there - let it be something debated at a national and European Union level and adopted on a broader basis.
Die-hard sovereigntists may wish to preserve the Englishman’s historic right to bathe in his own sewage, or be treated in A&E by an exhausted doctor - most of us will be glad that EU membership from time to time pushes our own authorities to do the right thing.