Articles on EU instruments

Europe’s recovery gamble (Commentary)

Jean Pisani-Ferry - 28 September 2020

If the European Union’s new recovery programme succeeds, it may ultimately pave the way for the establishment of a fiscal union. But, if the EU funds fail to deliver on the plan’s stated goals, federal aspirations will be dashed for a generation.

The frugal blues: An underappreciated threat to the European project (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 15 September 2020

It would be premature to conclude that the frugal four are, or will remain, happy about the EU’s budgetary deal.

How “frugality” hurts the climate cause – and how to undo the damage (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 17 August 2020

Member states that dug their heels in during the EU recovery negotiations should now form a new climate coalition to achieve more than the July deal.

Why Europe needs a recovery plan for strategic autonomy (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin & Ulrike Esther Franke - 03 August 2020

Just as they have on the economic recovery, Berlin and Paris must overcome their differences and present a courageous plan to create a Europe that takes decisive geopolitical action.

The inevitable partner: Why Europe needs to re-engage with Africa (Commentary)

Vladimir Shopov - 30 July 2020

EU-Africa relations are characterised by a series of failed beginnings. They continue to suffer from a lack of deep and far-reaching political will, despite being the subject of a series of diplomatic initiatives in the past two decades.

The proof of the European Council pudding will be in the eating (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 23 July 2020

EU leaders need to show that they are not only capable of reaching an agreement between themselves, but also of shaping the post-coronavirus world.

Putting China in its place: Britain prepares to sack Huawei (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 July 2020

Whatever good reasons the British government may have to reverse its position on Huawei, the key factor has been a rebellion on its backbenches and a mood of righteous indignation about the behaviour of Xi Jinping’s China.

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.

European Solidarity Tracker: The solidarity that always was there (Commentary)

Claire Busse & Rafael Loss - 10 June 2020

ECFR’s new tracker reveals the breadth and depth of solidarity expressed throughout Europe during the coronavirus crisis – with findings that will surprise critics.