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.
Mark Leonard - 3 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.
2 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.
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.
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?
The solution to Europe's existential crisis must be pan-European
George Soros - 12 July, 2011
In an article for the Financial Times, George Soros argues that European leaders now need to search for an alternative to the crisis that has spread across Europe. This 'Plan B' for Europe will be a European solution, rather than the national solutions that so many are…
Mark Leonard - 12 August, 2020
The shock of covid-19 in Britain may end the culture-wars politics set off by the Brexit referendum
The EU Coalition Explorer survey reveals the importance of Germany and France within the EU, and the impact they can have when they cooperate with each other.
Pawel Zerka - 8 July, 2020
ECFR research into how EU member states and institutions worked together at the height of covid-19 confirms Germany was the bloc’s undisputed crisis leader
Rethink:Europe - 8 July, 2020
Fragmentation in the EU makes it increasingly difficult for member states to build coalitions. The EU Coalition Explorer reveals potential new groupings.
Ursula von der Leyen’s first State of the European Union speech was as long as it was broad in topics and calls for action. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Alexander Stubb, ECFR Board Member, Director of the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance and Former Prime Minister of Finland and Carlos Moedas Trustee at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. Together they break down the speech and analyse its various parts, from climate to health policy, from digital sovereignty to Europe’s place in the world. What did the Commission President promise and envision? And did she point out some black sheep?
This podcast was recorded on 16 September 2020.
- "Governance in the new global disorder: Politics for a post-sovereign society" by Daniel Innerarity
- "The virus in the age of madness" by Bernard-Henri Lévy
- "Has China won? The Chinese challenge to American primacy” by Kishore Mahbubani
- "Negotiating flexibility in the European Union" by Alexander Stubb
- "Taming Sino-American rivalry" by Feng Zhang & Richard Ned Lebow
Recently, we have seen funding cuts to the WHO in the middle of the coronavirus crisis and national governments closing borders instead of calling for a G20 or G7 summit. On the positive side, we heard Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González in our ECFR Quarantimes session arguing that covid-19 could serve as a catalyst for multilateral solutions on global health. But do this week’s podcast guests agree? Mark Leonard is joined by Gunilla Carlsson, former Swedish Minister for international development cooperation, and ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Anthony Dworkin to discuss the future of multilateral institutions like the WHO and what role the EU could play when it comes to global health? Can Europe be the forerunner?
This podcast was recorded on 30 April 2020
- “And the band played on. Politics, people and the AIDS Epidemic” by Randy Shiltz
- Collected works by Selma Lagerlöf
- “The WHO v. coronavirus: why it can't handle the pandemic” by Stephen Buranyi, The Guardian
- “WHO becomes battleground as Trump chooses pandemic confrontation over cooperation” by Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy
- “EU limits on medical gear exports put poor countries and Europeans at risk” by Chad P. Bown, Peterson Institute for International Economics
- “The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal” by Martha C. Nussbaum
Word on the street seems to suggest that technology will be the way out of the coronavirus crisis and the lockdowns in many European countries. This seems to be confirmed by a multitude of projects such as the EU’s Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT), whose the aim of which is to make it possible to interrupt new chains of infection with the coronavirus.Through apps and data sharing, we will be able to track the spread of the virus, those infected and those who instead developed a degree of immunity to the disease and thus are allowed to return to participate normally in society. As good as it sounds, however, the issue comes with its own set of profound ethical questions regarding individual rights such as privacy and consent. and collective privacy. Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR experts Ulrike Franke and Anthony Dworkin and as well as independent researcher and broadcaster Stephanie Hare to break down the current discourse around tech in the age of corona and its implications.
This podcast was recorded on 15 April 2020.
- “The age of surveillance capitalism” by Shoshana Zuboff
- “In the shadow of justice” by Katrina Forrester
- “Pale rider” by Laura Spinney
- “The mirror of yoga” by Richard Freeman
How is Russia dealing with covid-19? What impact does the pandemic have on the other underlying political issues in Russia – such as the change of the constitution and Putin’s decision to essentially stay in power until 2036? Our ECFR experts also point out the strange absence of the Russian leader from the fight against corona – has covid-19 as well as the oil price crisis caused more turbulence and chaos in the country as he wants to admit? Host Mark Leonard, Gustav Gressel, Kadri Liik and Nicu Popescu come forward with analyses and predictions: if the EU doesn’t handle the crisis well, could Russia have been right in its Hobbsian view of the world?
This podcast was recorded on 8 April 2020.
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- "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- "The Rise and Fall of 'Neutral' Sweden's Secret Reserve Option of Wartime Help from the West" by Robert Dalsjö
- "Чужая и наша война - Сборник стихотворений и песен о военной операции Вооружённых Сил Российской Федерации против международных террористов в Сирийской Арабской Республике” by Сост. В.А. Силкин
- "Why Russians don't get coronavirus” by Albatros
- "Summertime" by JM Coetzee
- "Discovering Judith Shklar sceptical liberalism of fear” by Samantha Ashenden & Andreas Hess
The EU members states have been caught up in a heated discussion on possible European ‘coronabonds’, a joint debt assistance by the Union to help those countries hit by the virus particularly hard. Soon enough, the discussion seemed to produce little of substance and rather to ignite previously existing divides between the member states in regard to a common fiscal policy and mutualisation of debt. In this unprecedent crisis, in which solidarity should be more than ever the Union’s raison d’être, what is the correct course of action? And, should a final solution not be met, what is at stake for Europe? Host Mark Leonard is joined by Guntram Wolff, Director of Bruegel, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, and Jonathan Hackenbroich to break down the situation and a possible way forward.
This podcast was recorded on 1 April 2020.
- "Love in the time of cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- "Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an Unknowable Future" by Mervyn King and John Kay
Last week’s episode saw our experts dissecting the coronavirus’ implications for Europe. In today's episode, we’re breaking down how the crisis is unfolding in the rest of the world. From the Middle East to Russia and Asia, and all over across the Atlantic – what long-term effects could it have on these regions? And what does it mean for geopolitics, the global system and its institutions?
Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by the ECFR heads of programme Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison, Janka Oertel & Nicu Popescu to discuss how the virus is manifesting in these regions, and the implications it carries with it – and it doesn’t look too good. For all the gloominess this podcast will create, our experts recommend turning to poetry for some soul-healing. Recommendations below!
This podcast was recorded on 25 March 2020.
- "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S.Elliot
- "Happy Everyday" by Benjamin Zephaniah
- "MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman" by Ben Hubbard
- "Sandworm" by Andy Greenberg
- "The Pursuit of Power" by William H. McNeill
- "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by Cathy O'Neil
- "The Psychology of Pandemics. Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease" by Steven Taylor
- "The Coronavirus pandemic and the new world it is creating" by Josep Borrell
Recently declared a global pandemic, it is undeniable that the coronavirus will be a global political, social, financial and economic crisis - requiring actions that reach far beyond unilateral measures by single states. Within Europe, the virus seems to be calling into question the fundamentality of a shared European solidarity also due to rising dissatisfaction at the lack of a coordinated response. Whilst it is too early to tell, to what extent, it seems more and more certain that this crisis will have long-lasting consequences for the European project and life as we know it. Host Mark Leonard is joined by his fellow home office workers Jana Puglierin, Arturo Varvelli, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca and Pawel Zerka to dissect the European response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This podcast was recorded on 18 March 2020.
- "We need to talk about Putin" by Mark Galeotti
- “The bethrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni
- “I burn Paris” by Bruno Jasienski
- “Europe and the virus: The battle of narratives” by Pawel Zerka
Further reading: www.ecfr.eu/coronavirus
This week’s podcast episode sees very special participation from Anu Bradford, law professor at Columbia and author of “The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World”. Bradford’s book focuses on the way the EU manages to continuously set standards and have a say in the global playing field by unilaterally regulating its powerful single market, and consequentially reinforcing its status as a global powerhouse. Joined by our usual Host Mark Leonard and Head of ECFR Berlin Jana Puglierin, and drawing on many examples from the digital economy to climate change, this episode explores how a global regulatory race to the top will be how the EU gets to have a say in the 21st century.
This podcast was recorded on 2 March 2020.
- "The Brussels Effect" by Anu Bradford
- "The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Market ” by Thomas Philippon
- "The World as It Is” by Ben Rhodes
- “The Sanders Doctrine” in The Atlantic by Uri Friedman
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?
5 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.
21 April, 2017
Where the candidates stand on European and foreign policy in a 2-minute explainer video.
13 September, 2016
Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP for Clacton, discusses how Europe's foreign policy is being affected by insurgent parties.
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.
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 23 October, 2015
José I. Torreblanca sobre Brexit en el BCM de ECFR el 14 de octubre de 2015 en Londres.
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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Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Europe´s mediatory power & Turkish-Greek reconciliation
Berlin - 29 Sep 20
virtual debate ahead of the special European Council on Europe´s mediatory power in the Eastern Mediterranean
Virtual Roundtable: How is covid-19 changing European economic sovereignty?
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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.