The Image of Russia

May 06, 2021

Should the EU​ be worried, and is there anything it can do to limit the spread of Russian narratives? In the first of a series of conversations on the image of Russia​, Mark Galeotti, senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, discusses Russia’s influence in Europe.

Tracing the Economic Growth of Poland

April 06, 2021

The Mechanics of Discontent Visible in Berlin

September 11, 2020

The vacuum of leadership and the visible missteps throughout much of the Western world have turned developed nations into a fertile ground for what some people see as the resurgence of modern versions of fascism. Until the past few months, such a statement would have sounded provocative at best,...

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU

August 06, 2020

The heads of state and government of the European Union propose introducing a “carbon border adjustment mechanism” from 2023, to charge imported goods according to the CO2 emitted during their production. At their recent summit, they decided to use the ensuing revenues to boost the EU’s...

Is Europe More United Than the US?

August 04, 2020

During the Trump era, America increasingly seems like a motley collection of states brought together for reasons of territorial contiguity and little else. The conservative South is ravaged by a pandemic. The liberal Northeast waits patiently for elections in November to oust a tyrant. A...

Israel Is Making New Friends in Europe

July 28, 2020

Israel has been developing close relations with right-wing central European governments. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to integrate his country into the Visegrad states, where populism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and even anti-Semitism find fertile ground.

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

July 01, 2020

Wirecard AG, the Munich-based payments and financial services company that was a member of the DAX index of Germany’s 30 leading blue-chip stocks, collapsed spectacularly and filed for insolvency on June 25. Among many lessons, this disaster has revealed major gaps in audit...

The EU Should Collect Health Data Centrally

June 29, 2020

When the COVID-19 disease began to spread in Europe, France and Germany prohibited the export of medical equipment, while Italy asked in vain for supplies of protective equipment under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Neither the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) nor the...

Why Boris Johnson Isn’t “Charismatic”

July 30, 2019

Analyzing the character of Britain’s new prime minister, Atul Singh, in a delightful Fair Observer article that can only be described as “fair and balanced” in ways that Fox News has never attempted, calls Boris Johnson “the most charismatic politician of his generation.” Given...

Finland Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate

May 21, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Satu Hassi, Finland's former environment minister. Finland is a country of fascinating and stark contrasts — long and glittery summer nights and short, snowy winter days, the midnight sun and the winter darkness. The country earned its...

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