On the precipice of fragmentation, can the world escape further economic downturn by refining existing systems or is more dramatic change necessary?
Neither values nor geopolitics played any role when EU leaders agreed to spend their way out of the coronavirus crisis at a marathon summit. Once again, Europe as a strategic player has been postponed.*
The European Parliament should be an important source of democratic oversight and accountability as the EU continues to pursue greater security and defense integration.
Albeit divided on how to help European economies hit by the pandemic, EU leaders hope German Chancellor Angela Merkel can forge an agreement when they meet in Brussels.
Europe is immersed in the world around it. But in order to strengthen the EU’s global role, the European Council will need to understand the deep connection between domestic struggles and international ambitions.
Countries with populist governments have been especially badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But beware: the virus is unlikely to kill off populism. To rid the world of populism, its root causes must be addressed.
The reelection of Polish President Andrzej Duda represents an existential threat to the European Union’s legal order. After more than a decade of talk about conditionality, member states must act now.
The inconclusive first round of Poland’s presidential election showed a Polish leader and government undoing the gains of joining the European Union. The EU can take some of the blame.
Citizens’ assemblies have sprouted up in several European countries. It remains to be seen whether they can efficiently boost governments’ responses to climate change.
Surprisingly, France has not yet witnessed major controversies on the issue of external support to third countries during the coronavirus pandemic.