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.
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.
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.
European failure and how to avoid it (Commentary)
Andre Wilkens - 18 October 2011
The European Union’s combination of crises - of finance, politics, and identity - makes the once unthinkable a real prospect: Europe is not "too big to fail". What then should concerned Europeans do to ensure their continent's survival and progress?
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.