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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.

Poland's presidential election: Political chaos and divides on Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 07 May 2020

Polish voters are strongly divided on European issues. An unfair election could intensify these disagreements, threatening to turn Poland into an increasingly problematic partner for other EU member states.

Poland’s presidential election: Three battles for the future of Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 06 May 2020

By holding an election that violates fundamental democratic norms, Poland will slip further into the illiberal abyss.

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.

The European Green Deal: A political opportunity for Italy (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 17 February 2020

The Italian government sees the deal as not only the solution to an important challenge but, above all, an opportunity for Europe to become a key geopolitical actor.

Final call: Macron goes to Poland (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 30 January 2020

Emmanuel Macron should not shrink from addressing Poland’s democratic backsliding when he visits next week – and other EU leaders should quickly follow his lead.

The colour of money: Green deals, cohesion funds, and the populist challenge (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 28 January 2020

Nationalist parties are increasingly ready to portray climate change as another refugee crisis – an occasion for Brussels to impose standards on member states.

 

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.