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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.

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.

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.