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Spain’s new culture war (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 January 2020

The inauguration of the most fragmented parliament since 1978 will usher in a period of culture war centring on national identity.

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.

Table scrap: Budget talks in a fragmented Europe (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 13 December 2019

It will be difficult for the member states that are most invested in the EU’s global role to prevent a reduction in the external portion of its budget.

Will Europe Ever Trust America Again? (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 03 December 2019

As Western leaders gather in London this week, you might be able to detect a huge rupture beneath the surface.

Another NATO summit train wreck? Here’s hoping (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 02 December 2019

NATO leaders should put the US security guarantee at the heart of this week’s summit. The fractious meeting that results could even be a good thing for Europe.

The benefits of political fragmentation (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 29 November 2019

The EU's new pluralism has made public debate more political, as parties and groups have become careful to protect their distinct identities.

Bringing the radical right in: Lessons learned from Spain (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 13 November 2019

Vox’s success in Spain illuminates some of populism’s successful escalation strategies, as well as the mistakes of mainstream parties.

The real battle for Poland’s future (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 11 October 2019

Jaroslaw Kaczynski promises the ‘Polish model of the welfare state’ and social protection like in the West - but if his party stays in power after the October 13 election, the country will drift further away from its hard-won freedoms and connections with Europe 

Von der Leyen’s safe Commission (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 19 September 2019

Billed as a safe pair of hands, Ursula von der Leyen is about to find out that caution can only take her so far.

A win for Orbán? Hungary and the new European Commission (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 17 September 2019

The man nominated to encourage democratic norms among the EU’s neighbours has overseen the degradation of Hungary’s own standards. The damage could already be done.