After the Beirut blast: Lebanon’s descent into chaos (Commentary)

Georges Haddad - 28 August 2020

It is imperative that the European Union provide sustained support to key actors in Lebanon, working around the Lebanese state wherever possible.

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.

How Europe can defend itself against US economic sanctions (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 25 August 2020

Germany and Europe must defend themselves against US sanctions. They can strengthen their armoury in two ways.

Belarus should remind us to believe in freedom's power (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 24 August 2020

However uncertain the road ahead, these protests show how authoritarianism ultimately subverts itself.

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.

Europe can preserve the Iran nuclear deal until November (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Elisa Catalano Ewers - 20 August 2020

After a humiliating defeat at the UN Security Council, Washington will seek snapback sanctions to sabotage what is left of the nuclear deal. Britain, France, and Germany can still keep it alive until after the US election.

The Armenian model for Belarus (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 19 August 2020

While many Western observers have seized on Ukraine's 2004-5 and 2014 revolutions to understand the mass protests in Belarus, a much better analogy is Armenia's democratic transition in 2018. 

Russia’s military manoeuvres at the Belarus border – a message to the West (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 18 August 2020

The Kremlin knows that intervening militarily would lose it the goodwill of the Belarusian people. But it does not rule out a managed transition to a candidate of its choice.


How “frugality” hurts the climate cause – and how to undo the damage (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 17 August 2020

Member states that dug their heels in during the EU recovery negotiations should now form a new climate coalition to achieve more than the July deal.

Israel-UAE peace deal: Flipping the regional order of the Middle East (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco & Hugh Lovatt - 14 August 2020

The Israel-UAE peace deal provides multiple wins for both countries, and for the US. But it could yet deepen the region’s political fault lines.