Articles on ECFR Council

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.

Hashim Thaci should resign (Commentary)

Carl Bildt, Vessela Tcherneva - 26 June 2020

The indictment for war crimes against Kosovo President Hassim Thaci helpfully upends the poorly conceived US initiative to reconcile Serbia and Kosovo. But it fatally delegitimates Kosovo’s current leadership.

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.

Five ways that the coronavirus should transform the EU (Commentary)

Anna Diamantopoulou - 03 June 2020

The European Commission’s response to the coronavirus faces at least five fundamental challenges – all of which create significant opportunities for Europe.

Trigger warning: Germany, the law, and burden-sharing (Commentary)

Miguel Maduro - 29 May 2020

The German constitutional court has released something of a nuclear device that threatens the whole EU edifice. But a genuine fiscal policy for the EU would keep it standing.

The crisis of a lifetime (Commentary)

George Soros | Gregor Peter Schmitz - 12 May 2020

Only one thing is certain about the post-pandemic world: there is no way back to the globalised economy that preceded it. Everything else is up for grabs, including the rise of China, the fate of the United States, and the survival of the European Union.

What kind of post-corona world do Europeans want? (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 11 May 2020

The coronavirus crisis could lead us to the best of times. It could lead us to the worst of times.

The path through Moscow: How Europe can help Syria (Commentary)

Bassma Kodmani - 07 May 2020

Syrian opposition figure calls on Europe to work closely with Washington to build on growing Russian frustration with the Assad regime and increase their demands of Moscow.