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The frugal blues: An underappreciated threat to the European project (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 15 September 2020

It would be premature to conclude that the frugal four are, or will remain, happy about the EU’s budgetary deal.

Donald Trump’s defeat would deal a blow to European populism (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 25 August 2020

Victory for Joe Biden in November would empower liberals in former Habsburg lands.

Why voters support both stricter borders and respect for human rights (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 21 August 2020

Europeans are largely supportive of stricter border controls – but this may be more down to the huge impact of the pandemic than to the influence of populist parties.

Dependent on the 'kindness of strangers’: Britain’s post-Brexit border reality (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 11 August 2020

The UK wants to “take back control” of its borders – but is now finding out the reality of what this means.

The proof of the European Council pudding will be in the eating (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 23 July 2020

EU leaders need to show that they are not only capable of reaching an agreement between themselves, but also of shaping the post-coronavirus world.

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.

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.