Articles on Europe and the world

Broken shield: Privacy versus surveillance in Europe (Commentary)

Anu Bradford - 30 July 2020

In striking down the Privacy Shield, the European Court of Justice has halted transatlantic data flows and thrown global digital commerce into disarray.

A Schuman plan for the eastern Mediterranean (Commentary)

Anna Diamantopoulou - 23 July 2020

The EU should look to its own history as it aims to secure its own interests and resolve tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey and Europe: Growing tensions and a hot summer in the Mediterranean (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 23 July 2020

Europe needs a grand bargain with Turkey that can create a short- and longer-term conflict-resolution framework covering energy, maritime boundaries, the Cyprus conflict, and Libya.

An election in Belarus: How the West could support a marginalised opposition (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 21 July 2020

In the run-up to a difficult election for President Alexander Lukashenka, the three main opposition candidates have been excluded from the vote and there have been mass arrests. Western countries should try to deter further repression in Belarus without isolating the country.

China, Europe, and covid-19 headwinds (Commentary)

Janka Oertel - 20 July 2020

China’s attempts to divide Europeans during the crisis, along with its fierce and openly hostile rhetoric targeting the capacity of Western democracy to effectively respond to the health emergency, have served as a wake-up call.

Germany’s belated debate on colonialism (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 20 July 2020

Initiatives designed to change German attitudes towards colonial history will be important in improving Germany’s relations with African countries.

Russia showed Turkey and China how to bully the EU (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 17 July 2020

The more meekly the EU handles other powers’ aggressive tactics, the more they will be tempted to imitate each other in novel ways to ignore, challenge, and openly attack European interests.

A pragmatic partnership: Why China and Iran try to collaborate (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 17 July 2020

Iran’s rumoured talks with China on a partnership agreement could have significant economic benefits and provide it with valuable geopolitical bargaining chips.

Unending lockdown: Why aiding child refugees could strengthen the European project (Commentary)

Emma Kollek - 16 July 2020

Leaving these children in dire conditions endangers European values – but politically straightforward remedies are within reach.

In times of strategic confusion, deeper dialogue is a must (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 15 July 2020

The relationship between the EU and India has vast potential in areas ranging from multilateral institutions to global health.