Democracy put to the test (Commentary)
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 24 November 2011
Just as the mechanisms that made democracy function in city states were not adequate for governing nation states, representative democracies today are showing themselves incapable of managing, effectively and democratically, the system that is emerging in Europe.
To get out of this crisis we need to rebuild Europe from scratch (Commentary)
- 22 November 2011
The answer to the EU's current problems is to rebuild from scratch, replacing the existing EU with a new, two layered structure with an inner and an outer core.
Spain's election, caught between the euro crisis and Arab revolutions.
A deepening crisis requires further integration (Commentary)
Thomas Klau - 17 November 2011
The economic crisis is now at a critical point, and Europe's leaders must chose between a federated eurozone power or yielding to the power of the markets and economic and political disruption.
Europe's deceptive aggregate deficits (Commentary)
Daniel Daianu - 14 November 2011
Despite the deepening crisis, when taken as a whole the Eurozone's basic figures do not look too bad. But because the Eurozone is a flawed construction these figures are only a distraction, and the need for real reforms remains.
A marginalised Britain makes EU break-up more likely (Commentary)
Mark Leonard - 03 November 2011
The actions of Britain's coalition government are making it more likely that we will see the EU disintegrate, leaving behind a saved Eurozone that marginalises all those outside it - including Britain itself.
The return of political economy (Commentary)
- 02 November 2011
The present crisis of the Eurozone is a direct consequence of a half hearted, half considered, half explained and therefore half finished integration. Europeans must be prepared for sacrifice, but our leaders must make sure that sacrifice is worthwhile.
Merci, mon Général, bonjour Monsieur Monnet (Commentary)
Thomas Klau - 26 October 2011
Throughout the Eurozone crisis, France has been well served by its decisive presidential system. But as thoughts turn to reforming the way the Eurozone works, France must come to terms with the power implications of a more federal system.
Independence play: Europe’s pursuit of strategic autonomy
To fulfil its true potential, the EU needs to end its strategic cacophony and focus on capability building
The EU needs to learn to think like a geopolitical power.
by Susi Dennison and Lívia Franco - 02nd October, 2019
The Portuguese hope that the EU can help them tackle the challenges of globalisation: from climate change to cooperation on the impact of freedom of movement
by Susi Dennison - 10th September, 2019
European voters want to see the European Union come of age as a geopolitical actor and chart its own course
by Richard Gowan & Anthony Dworkin - 05th September, 2019
Despite the existing crises to the multilateral system, the EU possesses a set of specific strengths needed to actually save the system.
Spain, and Europe, need a new story about migration – it remains to be seen how the country will put this into practice.
by Carl Bildt, Mark Leonard - 17th July, 2019
Mark Leonard is meeting his ECFR colleagues, Tara Varma, Piotr Buras and Teresa Coratello in Berlin to go through the newly selected EU Commission. What have been surprises, disappointments and challenges in von der Leyen's new cabinet? And what role did geopolitics play during the selection process?
This podcast was recorded on 10 September 2019.
Read von der Leyen's Vision Statement here:
- "Wer wir sind: die Erfahrung ostdeutsch zu sein" by Jana Hensel & Wolfgang Engler
- "L’art de perdre " by Alice Zeniter
- "The testaments" by Margaret Atwood
- Speech by Liliana Segre in front of the Italien Senate
- "The Virtual Weapon and International Order" by Lucas Kello
This week, ECFR director Mark Leonard discusses with experts Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey the French president Emmanuel Macron's bold initiative: Europeans are now to explore a credit line for Iran to entice the sanctions-battered country to keep abiding by an international nuclear deal. But the US and president Trump are sceptical.
- "Crashed" by Adam Tooze
- "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Harari
- "Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History" by Richard J. Evans
The podcast was recorded on 6 September 2019.
This week, ECFR director Mark Leonard discusses the new faces of the European Council: from Ursula von der Leyen to Josep Borrell, these are the figures who will lead Europe over the coming years. Mark is joined by an all-star cast from four ECFR offices across Europe.
Wes Mitchell: Perhapsburg (American Interest)
Francis Fukuyama: Identity
John Mearsheimer: The Great Dillusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities
Alexandros Yannis: Chimera: A Novel
Luuk von Middelaar: Alarums and Excursions – Improving Politics on the European Stage
Parag Khanna: The Future is Asian
German philosophy about Europe from Immanuel Kant to Jürgen Habermas
Robert Menasse: Die Hauptstadt
ECFR: Strategic sovereignty: How Europe can regain the capacity to act
The podcast was recorded on 5 July 2019
Ever since his Sorbonne speech in the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Macron has been in search for allies to support his vision of a Renaissance for Europe. His first bet was the alliance with Germany, difficult enough to get in light of Merkel’s scepticism about high flying concepts. Macron then had to deal with opposition from the North, conflicts with Italy and lack of outreach to the East. After the European election, our speaker has told the Guardian, Macron appears to have lost essential momentum: “Once a beacon of hope for change, the president risks turning into a junior coalition partner in the management of a status quo in Europe.” What is next for France and for Macron’s Europe strategy?
The event was held on 3 July 2019 in ECFR's Berlin office.
Le podcast de notre BCM du 24 juin « What is Europe's maritime security role in the South China Sea? » en présence de Mathieu Duchâtel, directeur du programme Asie à l’Institut Montaigne, Delphine O, ambassadrice et secrétaire générale de la Conférence mondiale de l’ONU et John Nilsson-Wright, senior fellow au programme AsiaPacific de Chatman House.
At our recent event in London, ECFR's Director Mark Leonard and MEP candidates Laura Parker, Jan Vincent-Rostowski, Irina von Wiese and Shahrar Ali, moderated by Mary Kaldor, discussed what to expect from this week’s European elections in the United Kingdom.
At the Humbold Symposium 2019 in Berlin, ECFR's director Mark Leonard moderated a panel discussion with Katarina Barley; German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection; Damian Boeselager, Vice-President of Volt Europa; Nicola Beer, General Secretary of the Free Democratic Party; Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament; Daniel Caspary, Chairman of the German CDU/CSU-delegation in the European Parliament. Among others, the panel discussed the Spitzenkandidaten process, new models of digital taxation, and what to do with Viktor Orban.
Podcast de notre conférence du 24 avril « L'avenir de la démocratie en Europe » en partenariat avec la Revue Esprit, en présence d’Ivan Krastev, président du Centre for Liberal Strategies et co-fondateur de l’ECFR, Vincent Martigny, chercheur associé au Centre de recherches politiques de Science Po, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR et de Tara Varma, directrice adjointe du bureau de Paris de l'ECFR.
Video: Ivan Krastev on fears and hopes ahead of the European Parliament election
Ivan Krastev - 09 May 2019
Ivan Krastev talks from Warsaw on how voters in many EU countries are more worried about nationals leaving the country than about foreigners coming in, as a recent ECFR survey shows.
Video: “War and Peace: Has Trump made the world more dangerous?”
Mark Leonard - 26 April 2019
Mark Leonard participates in a debate organised by The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) in London.
Video: The Four Crises of Europe: Felipe González and the European Elections
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 08 April 2019
ECFR Madrid sits down with former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González to discuss topics such as the state of the European Union ahead of May's European Parliament elections, the rise of Eurosceptic parties, Brexit, and relations with the US and Russia.
Video: How to restore democracy in Venezuela? Interview with Felipe González
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 February 2019
ECFR Madrid in collaboration with Fundación Felipe González recorded a conversation between former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González and Head of the ECFR Madrid Office José Ignacio Torreblanca on the situation in Venezuela and the legitimacy of Juan Guaidó’s claim to the presidency.
Video: Video: A new European security in a new strategic environment
Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 21 June 2018
How can security be achieved in an age of connectivity?
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