José Ignacio Torreblanca - 2 September, 2014
José Ignacio Torreblanca, director de ECFR Madrid, y Francisco Fonseca, director de la oficina de la Comisión Europea en Madrid, comentan en Europa Abierta (Radio Exterior) el nombramiento de Tusk como presidente del Consejo Europeo y de Mogherini como Alta…
Silvia Francescon - 1 September, 2014
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has manoeuvred an excellent candidate into the High Representative job.
21 August, 2014
The EU must adopt a new policy and new structures to deal with the worrying events across its southern border.
Volker Stanzel - 15 July, 2014
The US’s alleged spying was ill considered, but both sides need to focus on the real priorities of the transatlantic alliance.
Mark Leonard - 11 July, 2014
Mark Leonard talks to Jeremy Shapiro and Nicu Popescu about changing transatlantic relations. How serious are the tensions between Germany and the US after the recent spying scandal? And can the EU and the US still co-operate on issues in Ukraine and the Middle…
4 July, 2014
Analysis of two of the crises facing Europe - Ukraine and migration - with President Toomas Ilves, Carl Bildt, Jo Johnson, Emma Bonino and Sylvie Kaufman.
Jonathan Hackenbroich, Jeremy Shapiro, and Tara Varma - 29 June, 2020
Europe must improve its early warning systems, supply chain resilience, medical R&D, and cyber security and technology, to act decisively in future emergencies
Susi Dennison, Pawel Zerka - 26 June, 2020
A new survey shows that, after the onset of the covid-19 crisis, there has been a rise in public support for unified EU action to tackle global threats
New research reveals that the crisis has revolutionised citizens’ perceptions of global order – scrambling the distinctions between nationalism and globalism
Chris Raggett - 3 March, 2020
European policymakers should aim to catch up with, and overtake, their US counterparts on anti-money laundering regulation and enforcement
Ulrike Esther Franke - 18 December, 2019
Failing to coordinate properly in the AI area could threaten future European defence cooperation, including PESCO and the European Defence
Shoshana Fine - 14 October, 2019
The European Union’s approach to migration has created a crisis of solidarity.
“If it’s about Europe´s role in global health, a big part of it is Europe's health sovereignty which we want to make one of the big topics of the German EU Council Presidency”, Germany’s Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said in our Virtual Annual Council Meeting.
The coronavirus pandemic brought the issue of health sovereignty affront: how can health security be achieved across Europe? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard is joined by our experts Tara Varma, head of the Paris office, policy fellows Anthony Dworkin and Jonathan Hackenbroich, to discuss the components of European health sovereignty and how it can be attained.
Further reading: Health sovereignty: How to build a resilient European response to pandemics by Jonathan Hackenbroich, Jeremy Shapiro and Tara Varma
Watch the session from our Annual Council Meeting featuring Jens Spahn and Mark Suzman here.
This podcast was recorded on 1 July 2020
- “The lying life of adults” by Elena Ferrante
- “The “restructuring” of Hong Kong and the rise of neostatism” by Sebastian Veg
- “National power and the structure of foreign trade” by Albert O. Hirschman
- “Life and fate” by Vasily Grossman
Even before the pandemic, Europeans had much to worry about: slow economies and polarised politics, rising global tensions and disorder, an unstable neighbourhood, and a heating planet. Covid-19's assault has only amplified such concerns, as well as exposing the fragility of much that Europeans have taken for granted about their lives; heightening the instinct to withdraw and protect; and raising the curtain on a major economic crisis. How will this rupture affect Europeans' understanding of their own security? Which threats and risks will they want their leaders to prioritise? And what responses should those leaders make?
- Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and ECFR Council Member. Tocci is Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen and Special Advisor to EU High Representative and Vice President of the Commission Josep Borrell.
- Nick Witney, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow
- Chaired by Susi Dennison, ECFR European Power Programme Director
As covid-19 raged, speculation grew that the crisis would re- strengthen public support for the state; faith in experts; and both pro- and anti-Europeanism. But ECFR’s latest research reveals these all to be illusions. Instead, the crisis has revolutionised citizens’ perceptions of global order – scrambling the distinctions between nationalism and globalism. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Ivan Krastev, co-author of the new Unlock study and chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia as well as by ECFR co-chair Lykke Friis and Ismaël Emelien, co-founder of En Marche! and President Emmanuel Macron 's former special advisor for strategy, communication and speeches. Together they discuss the findings of ECFR’s Unlock project: how has the pandemic changed European politics and the Europeans’ view of the EU and the world?
Find the paper by Ivan Krastev & Mark Leonard here.
This podcast was recorded on 25 June 2020
The coronavirus crisis brought about financial hardship for the European Union, and many agree that a recovery fund would be needed to overcome it. In the beginning, countries like Italy and Spain, in particular, felt left alone in dealing with this health, social and economic crisis. And still, support for financial burden-sharing is low in the “frugal” countries which would be the net contributors to such a recovery fund. But does this mean there is a general lack of solidarity in Europe? Can solidarity go in line with member states’ self-interest? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR’s heads of offices Jana Puglierin (Berlin), Arturo Varvelli (Rome) and José Ignacio Torreblanca (Madrid) to discuss how solidarity is perceived across Europe and what ECFR’s Solidarity Tracker can teach us about pan-European solidarity during the covid-19 crisis.
Find the European Solidarity Tracker here.
This podcast was recorded on 17 June 2020.
“Forget Hamilton. This Is Europe’s Calonne Moment.” by Trevor Jackson in Foreign Policy
“Russisches Roulette: Vom Kalten Krieg zum Kalten Frieden” by Horst Teltschik
“Germany and the European Union: Europe's Reluctant Hegemon?” by Simon Bulmer, William E. Paterson
The ongoing anti-racism demonstrations in the United States spurred by the brutal killing of George Floyd spread across the Atlantic. In many European countries, people are getting behind the cause and protesting racism and police violence against BIPOC. How are the demonstrations in France and Germany connected to the ones in the US? Is Europe also starting to confront racial injustice on its own soil? And what does it mean for the transatlantic relationship? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard is joined by the head of our Paris office Tara Varma, Member of the German Bundestag and Council member Omid Nouripour, as well as Spencer Boyer, director of the Washington office of the Brennan Center for Justice to discuss the recent anti-racism protests and their impact on the transatlantic relations.
This podcast was recorded on 10 June 2020.
- "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- "Strategy: A History" by Sir Lawrence Freedman
- "Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin" by Bayard Rustin, Devon Carbado
- "Les exilés meurent aussi d’amour" by Abnousse Shalmani
- "The Bureau", TV Show
- "Mais d'où viens-tu en fait?" Plaidoyer pour un nouvel universalisme by Tara Varma for Huffington Post
What does the corona crisis mean for economic coercion? How does it amplify some of the problems stemming from punitive economic measures Europeans have worried about? Finally, how might the structural changes in our economies – from the increased role of the state to value chain reviews – change the nature of economic coercion? Who might benefit and what does it mean for European governments and companies?
A virtual roundtable discussion by our European Power Programme on 29 May 2020 featuring
Erica Moret, Senior Researcher at IHEID;
Elizabeth Rosenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security;
chaired by Jonathan Hackenbroich, ECFR Policy Fellow on Economic Statecraft.
The recent Franco-German proposal for an EU recovery fund sparked a lively debate on possible changes in EU’s nature, suggesting that the plan to raise €500bn through common EU debt and hand it out as grants, not loans, marks an important shift in EU policy. But is this really a “Hamiltonian” moment, as some labelled it? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard welcomes Lykke Friis, ECFR co-chair and director of the Danish think tank EUROPA; ECFR Council Members Coen van Oostrom, Dutch-based founder and chief executive officer of EDGE Technologies and Jean Pisani-Ferry, Senior Fellow at Bruegel to discuss the ambitious Franco-German proposal and what it means for the future of Europe.
This podcast was recorded on 26 May 2020.
- "Helmut Kohl: Eine politische Biographie" by Hans-Peter Schwarz
- "The Ride of a Lifetime" by Robert Iger
- "How to Fix Globalization—for Detroit, Not Davos" by Lawrence H. Summers in The American Interest
Emotions are an increasingly important part of contemporary politics. Strategies based on fear, nostalgia or hope are used by political leaders all over Europe to mobilize populations. Sociologist Karolina Wigura explored the role of emotions in times of corona in the latest episode of our ECFRQUARANTIMES series. In this week's podcast, this topic will be analysed further with a strong focus on the situation in Poland, the US and France. What are the dominant emotions in these countries? Which people and parties are trying to take advantage of this crisis and transform emotions into policies? What kind of impact covid-19 had and will have on elections? Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR experts Jeremy Shapiro, Piotr Buras, and Tara Varma. They share their feelings and tell us about the emotional experiences of their countries: how do Poles, the French and US-Americans experiences fear, suspicion and uncertainty in times of corona?
This podcast was recorded on 14 May 2020.
- “We Have Been Harmonised: Life in China’s Surveillance State” by Kai Strittmatter
- “The meaning of systemic rivalry: Europe and China beyond the pandemic” by Andrew Small
- “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
- “Is it tomorrow yet?” (working title) by Ivan Krastev based on some of the arguments, he laid out in his article “Seven early lessons from the coronavirus”
- “Baron Noir”, TV Series
Andrey Baklitskiy - 8 June, 2020
Andrey Baklitsky, a consultant at PIR Center Moscow, analyses the current picture of arms control since the US withdrawal from the INF treaty and how this could impact the strategic stability in the global order and draw the Russian countermeasures.
Andrey Zagorsky - 13 May, 2020
This week we will have with us Andrey Zagorsky, professor at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) and IMEMO (the Institute of World Economy and International Relations). Andrey will speak about “Russia and the OSCE-based European order".
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Virtual Roundtable: How is covid-19 changing European economic sovereignty?
What does the corona crisis mean for economic coercion?
Caring about Sharing: Die Zukunft der Nuklearen Teilhabe
Berlin - 15 May 20
Diskussionsrunde zum Thema Nukleare Teilhabe
How is covid-19 changing the transatlantic relationship?
Paris - 07 May 20
How will the tensions around the response to the coronavirus play out through the recovery from this crisis? Can EU states, with their diverse perspectives on the transatlantic relationship, come to a common understanding on how to engage with the US bilaterally and multilaterally, in what will be a highly competitive environment?
Technological Sovereignty and the Return of Geopolitics - Implications for Europe and Japan
Berlin - 06 Mar 20
ECFR hosts a discussion with a German MP and a Japanese professor of International Politics.
Sanctions on Russia: Profits, Pitfalls and Prospects
Berlin - 04 Mar 20
Experts present a report on the effectiveness and downfalls of the sanctions that were imposed on Russia by the European Union and the United States in the aftermath of the illegal annexation of Crimea.
Europas Handlungsfähigkeit: Lektionen aus der 5G Debatte
Berlin - 21 Feb 20
Thema des ersten Foreign Policy Clubs im neuen Jahr ist die 5G-Debatte und Europas Souveränität in den Bereichen des Technologie und digitalen Entwicklung. Mit Dr. Janka Oertel.