Edited by Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro
European countries are increasingly vulnerable to external pressure that prevents them from exercising their sovereignty. The EU needs to learn to think like a geopolitical power
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…
Josep Borrell | José Ignacio Torreblanca - 6 May, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic started as a health crisis, but it will have long-term political, economic, and social implications. In an exclusive interview with the head of ECFR’s Madrid office, José Ignacio Torreblanca, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell assesses…
Mark Leonard - 4 May, 2020
Like other recent systemic crises, the coronavirus pandemic has confronted us with an inconvenient truth: the risks associated with international openness might very well outweigh the gains. If today’s multilateral frameworks are to have a future, they must be brought back…
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…
- 9 April, 2020
Joint German-Italian appeal to the governments of all member states and to EU institutions.
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…
Carla Hobbs - 26 March, 2020
The internet fundamentally tests the ways in which governments approach regulation.
René Wildangel - 24 March, 2020
Even as it comes under intense pressure during the current crisis, the EU should not fail the most vulnerable displaced persons.
20 March, 2020
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…
Teresa Coratella - 18 March, 2020
Italy’s response to the virus is starting to reshape its politics.
To fulfil its true potential, the EU needs to end its strategic cacophony and focus on capability building
Carl Bildt, Mark Leonard - 17 July, 2019
Ulrike Franke & Paola Sartori - 11 July, 2019
The EU appears to be largely uninterested in AI’s geopolitical importance, but its member states can only influence the global development of AI if they act tog
Ulrike Franke - 25 June, 2019
If Europe does not address these difficult questions soon it will find itself surrounded by more powerful rivals deploying AI against it
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.
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
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
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
The European Union faces a multi-crisis situation at the moment. As the conflict in Idlib and the circumstances at the Greek-Turkish border has erupted, Europe seems to have troubles to respond to latest developments in the Syrian war and threats from Turkey.
Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR co-chair and former Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt as well as by the ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas and Julien Barnes-Dacey to discuss the reasoning behind Ankara’s recent moves and the EU’s reactions. How to avoid a 2015-like situation but without tossing its own values and human rights out off the window? And how to deal with the other seats of fire within the Union itself?
This podcast was recorded on 12 March 2020.
- Syrian voices: Where next for European policy?
• The Anarchy by William Dalrymple
• Pax Sinica: implications for the India dawn by Samir Saran and Akhil Deo
• Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
• Blame Europe, not just Turkey, for migration deal collapse by Kati Piri
• Beyond blackmail at the Greek-Turkish border by Nathalie Tocci
• Clash of Empires: Currencies and Power in a Multipolar World by Charles Gave & Louis-Vincent Gave
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
Negotiations over the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 – 2027 just have started. But as tensions and divergences between the EU member states are rising, a final agreement seems considerably far away for now. The European Union is subject to a series of unprecedented constraints, the most significant one being the UK’s departure and the withdrawal of the money it once granted. Still, the implications of the budget allocation are manifold and extremely far-reaching. It will affect major themes which stand at the very basis of the Union and its future role on the global stage, such as national sovereignty, climate and innovation. Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR co-chair and director of the Danish think tank EUROPA Lykke Friis, as well as ECFR experts Jonathan Hackenbroich and Pawel Zerka to dissect the ongoing status of the discussions.
This podcast was recorded on 25 February 2020.
Inspired by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, here are some recommendations by our podcast crew on what to read during the long hours of MFF negotiations:
- "Den nya oredans tid" by Carl Bildt
- "The three escapes by Hannah Arendt" by Ken Krimstein
- "The books of Jacob" by Olga Tokarczuk
- "Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System" by Barry Eichengreen
- "Håbets Europa" by Lykke Friis
- "En kuffert i Berlin: Rejse i Angela Merkels Tyskland" by Lykke Friis
Last week the European Commission published its EU Toolbox on 5G Cyber Security, with the aim of aiding the member states in evaluating the risks associated with future usage of 5G infrastructure and networks. This was a step forward given the polarising debate surrounding the role of Chinese telecommunications firms like Huawei and ZTE within a future 5G network in Europe. The decision, however, will ultimately be a national one taken by individual member states. Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by Asia Programme Director Janka Oertel and Project Director of Stiftung Neue Verantwortung Jan-Peter Kleinhans to discuss the significance and implications of the toolbox and what this might mean for the EU.
This podcast was recorded on 5 February 2020.
- "The logic of strategic assets" by Jeffrey Ding and Allan Dafoe
- "The Path to Power" by Robert Caro
- "Clash of Empires: Currencies and Power in a Multipolar World" by Charles Gave and Louis Vincent Gave
- "All the Names" by Jose Saramago
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