Articles on Mark Leonard

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.

The End of Europe’s Chinese Dream (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 27 May 2020

After years of pursuing closer bilateral economic ties with China, Europeans have suddenly realised that they have become dangerously dependent on Chinese trade and investment.

Salvaging globalisation (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 May 2020

Like other recent systemic crises, the coronavirus pandemic has confronted us with an inconvenient truth: the risks associated with international openness might very well outweigh the gains. If today’s multilateral frameworks are to have a future, they must be brought back into the service of national sovereignty.

Leadership in a time of contagion (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 March 2020

Although the covid-19 pandemic has been compared to the 2008 financial crisis, the two episodes are quite different, not least in their cast of leading characters. Unlike the previous generation, today’s European leaders have been shaped by a decade of austerity, refugee crises, and America's denouement as a global hegemon.

The end of the EU’s Brexit bounce (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 24 February 2020

After years of watching the United Kingdom muddle through a political crisis while enjoying an unprecedented level of unity among themselves, Europeans now must prepare for darker days.

Facing the West’s Demons: The 2020 Munich Security Conference (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 19 February 2020

The 2020 Munich Security Conference showed how the ties that bind global players together are being weaponised in a new great power competition.

 

Top ten foreign policy trends in 2020 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 03 January 2020

Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2020

The Green Deal will make or break Europe (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 17 December 2019

The European Union's new leadership has decided to invest much of its political capital in a plan to position Europe as the global leader in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. But if too many constituencies feel as though they are being sacrificed on a green alter, the plan will never even get off the ground.

The makings of a “geopolitical” European Commission (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 28 November 2019

As if incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was not already inheriting a full plate of major challenges, she has also promised to reshape the EU into a “geopolitical” force to be reckoned with. To succeed, she will need to pass seven tests, in areas ranging from climate change to cyber security and competition policy.

The Lost Promise of 1989 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 19 November 2019

As is often the case, deep historical shifts tend to show up first in popular culture, and only then in formal politics. That is why we should look at the complex legacy of 1989 not only in the formal celebrations being held in Berlin, but also in the stands of a soccer stadium in Sofia.