Reinventing Europe: Germany debates political union (Commentary)
Ulrike Guérot - 05 September 2012
As part of the ’Reinventing Europe' project, ECFR is publishing a series of papers on the national debates within EU member states over the crisis and the future direction of Europe. The sixth paper in the series analyses the situation in Germany ahead of the Constitutional Court's crucial ESM verdict.
The British Question (Commentary)
Hans Kundnani - 03 September 2012
As the eurozone begins a process of accelerated integration and British Prime Minister David Cameron comes under increasing pressure from Eurosceptic Conservative MPs and public opinion, a moment of truth may come sooner rather than later. So does the United Kingdom have a European future?
‘Political union’: A German Europe or disintegration? (Commentary)
Hans Kundnani - 30 August 2012
As speculation about a Greek exit from the eurozone continues, Germany is pushing ahead with plans for a new treaty that might result in a transformation of the EU - or its disintegration.
Merkel is our only hope (Commentary)
Mark Leonard - 09 July 2012
The British debate on Germany and the euro should focus on understanding Merkel's technocratic ideas without invoking Hitler and the Second World War. The best way to get Germany to abandon its counterproductive economic reforms is to talk about a compelling European future, rather than dwelling on the past.
Terminating the European status quo (Commentary)
Mark Leonard - 06 July 2012
It is becoming clear that the roots of the euro crisis are political rather than economic. The 2008 financial meltdown may well give birth to one of the great moments of political realignment where mainstream parties are being pushed to the sidelines and parties that used to skulk on the fringes are dominating the agenda.
A more inclusive Europe is the sustainable solution to the crisis
The dark flip-side of European technocracy (Commentary)
Mark Leonard - 01 June 2012
The elitist and technocractic nature of German politics means that the case for European integration is not being made to the German people. Worryingly this is also giving an opportunity for anti-EU populists to gain influence.
Fragmentation in the EU makes it increasingly difficult for member states to build coalitions. The EU Coalition Explorer reveals potential new groupings.
by Susi Dennison, Mark Leonard, Adam Lury - 16th May, 2019
Support for membership of the European Union is currently high, but so too is pessimism about the future of the European project.
The 2019 European election: How anti-Europeans plan to wreck Europe and what can be done to stop it
EU Coalition Explorer
by Rethink: Europe - 30th October, 2018
The EU Coalition Explorer shows the potential for future coalition building between the EU member states.
by Richard Gowan - 08th May, 2018
by Ulrike Esther Franke - 17th April, 2018
Polls and interviews conducted for the paper indicate that German millennials are surprisingly conservative and liable to status quo bias.
Today, 100 years ago, the Versailles Contract went into effect which established the League of the Nations and laid the foundations for multilateralism. In 2019, Germany and France launched the Alliance for Multilateralism aiming at showing that countries still "support multilateralism and support the United Nations (to) remain the majority in the world," as French Foreign Minister Le Drian said. Planning to establish a network of countries ready to join forces and efforts on inequality or climate change, the Alliance also wants the members to strongly commit to a rules-based international order. But how will this look like in reality? Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, explains to Mark Leonard some concrete measures and how the old tale of the German-Franco friendship still serves as a role model for other countries for how to overcome decades of conflicts and rivalry.
Further information: www.multilateralism.org
This podcast was recorded on 3 December 2019.
Host Mark Leonard has an intimate discussion with our heads of offices from Sofia and Warsaw, Vessela Tcherneva and Piotr Buras about their experiences, hopes and dreams during the transition times of the 1990s. How did their life and future change the minute the Berlin Wall fell? What are this generation’s thoughts 30 years later and predications for Europe in the coming 30 years?
This podcast was recorded on 21 November 2019.
- "The light that failed" by Ivan Krastev
- "Bulgaria under Communism" by Ivaylo Znepolski et al.
- "Reflections on a ravaged century" by Robert Conquest
- "Die Welt braucht den Westen" by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
In the second in our series on the events of 1989 and how they will shape our world for decades to come, host Mark Leonard is joined by Fyodor Lukyanov. Lukyanov is Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club. In this podcast, recorded in Dubai, the two discuss America's and Russia's differing views on the Cold War and its end. The trauma of 1989, but also the euphoria it generated in Europe, and Putin's development as a political actor, are set into context. This context allows for a multifaceted understanding of the events of 1989.It also allows the arc of Russian foreign policy to be traced to today, and in doing so provides a useful accompaniment to the Eurocentric 1989 celebrations.
This podcast was recorded on 4 November 2019.
- "Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World" by Mikhail S. Gorbachev
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.
Eine Podiumsdiskussion mit
Anne-Marie Descôtes, Botschafterin der Französischen Republik in Deutschland
Michael Roth, Staatsminister für Europa, Auswärtiges Amt
Moderation: Lykke Friis, Korrespondentin Berlingske, dänische Ministerin für Klima und Energie a.D.
Input: Josef Janning, Leiter ECFR Berlin und Senior Policy Fellow
Mehr Informationen unter: https://www.ecfr.eu/eucoalitionexplorer
The postwar liberal order has weakened whilst liberal democracy appears fragile and polarised. Mark Leonard speaks with Professor John Ikenberry from Princeton University about the decline of faith in democracy and whether Europe can save the world order.
Richard Cobden, The Apostle Of Free Trade: His Political Career And Public Services
Can Europe save the world order? by Anthony Dworkin and Mark Leonard
Mark Leonard speaks with Heidi Tworek, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, about the potential damage to content providers that could follow from the US Federal Communication Commission’s decision to discard net neutrality. The podcast was recorded on 18 December 2017.
Everyobody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Video: Europe in the German Elections
- 18 September 2017
Everything you need to know about the German elections: Which parties are in the running to form a government, and what are the implications for European and foreign policy?
Video: Macron vs. Le Pen: the French decide on Europe's future
- 05 May 2017
The showdown Macron vs. Le Pen will define France and, potentially, Europe for years to come. Watch a quick run through these two radically different policy agendas.
Video: French Election: What foreign policy for France in 2017?
- 21 April 2017
Where the candidates stand on European and foreign policy in a 2-minute explainer video.
Video: The world according to Europe’s insurgent parties
- 13 September 2016
Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP for Clacton, discusses how Europe's foreign policy is being affected by insurgent parties.
Video: Scotland’s future in Europe
- 12 September 2016
Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP, spells out her alternative plan for Scotland in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Video: ¿Alcanzará el Reino Unido el acuerdo que necesita para quedarse en la UE?
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 23 October 2015
José I. Torreblanca sobre Brexit en el BCM de ECFR el 14 de octubre de 2015 en Londres.
Video: Joaquín Almunia y José Ignacio Torreblanca sobre el tercer rescate a Grecia
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 16 July 2015
Joaquín Almunia y José Ignacio Torreblanca analizan el futuro de Grecia tras el tercer rescate y el futuro diseño de la Eurozona.
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« Une proposition pour une nouvelle architecture de sécurité européenne »
Paris - 28 Nov 19
Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à une table ronde en présence de Jeremy Shapiro, Pierre Vimont et Sylvie Kauffmann.
Europe’s bid to be a digital regulatory superpower: Implications for the US
Madrid - 23 Oct 19
ECFR Madrid, en colaboración con Telefonica, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace y la Embajada de España en Washington, organizó el evento "La apuesta de Europa por ser un súper poder regulatorio: Implicaciones para EEUU" en Washington.
« Elections en Pologne : espoirs, craintes, et implications pour l’Europe »
Paris - 14 Oct 19
Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à un Black Coffee Morning sur le thème suivant : « Elections en Pologne, le jour d’après : espoirs, craintes, et implications pour l’Europe » en présence de David Cadier et Pawel Zerka.