Articles on European Power

Economic meltdown in the Middle East: How Europe can soften the impact (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02 July 2020

Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq are all teetering on the brink of economic collapse. Europe cannot afford to be a helpless bystander.

Instrumental solidarity: Hungary’s management of the coronavirus crisis (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 01 July 2020

The Orbán government’s demonstrations of European solidarity have been partly motivated by its nationalist goals and its concerns about migration.

Europe’s self-help moment (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 June 2020

The covid-19 crisis has created an opening for stronger collective European action. But policymakers must understand that the demands of voters across the continent for greater cooperation do not reflect an appetite for institution-building, but rather a deeper anxiety about losing control in a perilous world.

Why the war in Libya is a test for Italy – and for a geopolitical European Commission (Commentary)

Marta Dassù - 30 June 2020

If Italy was the front facing east during the cold war, then today it is vulnerable to the south: the country has been drawn into a geopolitical competition that looms over the Strait of Sicily.

Remarks delivered at the ECFR virtual Annual Council Meeting 2020 (Commentary)

George Soros - 29 June 2020

Perpetual bonds are the best – and, perhaps, only – way to raise the one or two trillion euros that the European Union needs to fight the coronavirus and climate change.

George Soros: “I am proud of the enemies I have” (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca & George Soros - 29 June 2020

From Putin to Trump, to Viktor Orban and Xi Jinping, several world leaders accuse the Hungarian magnate of wanting to bring them down. In Spain, his main enemy is Vox.

Politicised aid: Why Europe should sustain cross-border humanitarian assistance to northern Syria (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo & René Wildangel - 29 June 2020

European countries should work to renew the UN Security Council resolution on cross-border humanitarian access to northern Syria, lest the area slides into a deeper humanitarian crisis.

The truth about European solidarity during corona (Commentary)

Rafael Loss & Jana Puglierin - 26 June 2020

National impulses led to border closures and export restrictions on medical supplies during the corona crisis. But even in the earliest days of Europe’s exposure to the novel virus, pan-European solidarity was on display.

China: Lessons for Europe from the Cold War (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 22 June 2020

Liberal democracies must learn the lessons of the past by thinking long-term, applying a strong moral code – and avoiding hubris.

Crisis communication: Italy, the coronavirus, and European solidarity (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 16 June 2020

Italy has been among the top beneficiaries of pan-European support from citizens, institutions, and governments – as ECFR’s new European Solidarity Tracker shows.