At this week’s European Council EU leaders agreed to establish a single eurozone banking supervisor which is considered to be a key element for the development of a banking union. In the run-up to the EU summit ECFR staff members from Paris, Berlin, Rome, Warsaw, Madrid and London published another “view from the capitals” previewing the summit from across Europe.
But there is a real danger that the proposed banking union and a deeper integration of the eurozone could lead to an exit of the UK. ‘Europe at the crossroads’ is a new ECFR project that aims at analysing the impact of the euro crisis on the UK. Click here for a collection of recent publications and podcasts that examine the EU debate in the UK.
This week’s EU summit was also a reminder that a compromise between Germany and France is still central for the European project. However, when it comes to the big questions over the future of Europe, the Franco-German tandem does not seem to deliver anymore. Ulrike Guérot and Konstanty Gebert argue that Poland could replace France as Germany's most trusted European partner.
- After the Nobel Prize - before the next Greek bailout? Ulrike Guérot and Jürgen Matthes analyse the situation in Greece.
- Jose Ignacio Torreblanca writes about year 5 of Europe’s crisis. In an op-ed for the Financial Times Nacho also argues that Europe must show Spain that it is the answer.
- The implications of the Dutch elections for the European Union - an analysis by Adriaan Schout, Jan Marinus Wiersma who are also the authors of ECFR's recent Dutch National Paper.
- Susi Dennison wonders why new social movements do not talk about Europe – and what this tells us about the state of European democracy.
- Dimitar Bechev argues that the peace prize shows the limits of EU’s noble mission.
- Despite the crisis the EU is also celebrating 20 years of Single Market this week. In a recent ECFR paper Sebastian Dullien lays out three scenarios for the future of the EU single market.
- On our blog, Jana Kobzova wonders whether Georgia will become an ordinary democracy.
- Our Madrid office published an interview with Lluís Bassets (deputy director of El Pais) on EU-China relations and fundamental changes in Chinese society. (in Spanish)
- In a guest blog post Andrew Duff (MEP) examines the options what needs to be done to develop a 'genuine' Economic and Monetary Union.
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