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The EU’s Biggest Concern Over Russia

The EU’s Biggest Concern Over Russia

Should the European Union be more concerned about the perception of Russia in the Central and Eastern European region or rather focus on the developing relationship between Russia and the West?

To Embrace Biden’s Democracy Agenda, Start With Turkey

To Embrace Biden’s Democracy Agenda, Start With Turkey

European Union leaders are getting ready to discuss Turkey once again. The timing of the European Council meeting on June 24-25 is crucial, taking place just after the G7, NATO and EU-US summits. Following four years of discontent between Brussels and Washington, this has been an exercise in...

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?

In late December 2020, it was announced that Switzerland would start its COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Eligible persons were asked to make an appointment. Those of a particular age with certain health risks — such as diabetes, high blood pressure and allergies — were encouraged to...

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging

A New European Financial Landscape Is Emerging

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European single market on January 1 has sent trade in goods plummeting amid much confusion. By contrast, Brexit was carried out in an orderly manner in the financial sector, despite significant movement of trading...

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

I have always believed that the independence of members of the European Commission (EC) was a keystone of successful European integration. Commissioners are obliged by their oath of office to seek a European solution to problems, rather than just seek a balance between conflicting national...

For Yemen, No Consistent EU Policy in Sight

For Yemen, No Consistent EU Policy in Sight

The European Union and its member states have presented an approach to the ongoing conflict in Yemen that has lacked both coordination and coherence. The situation in Yemen, which was the poorest Arab country already before the eruption of a civil war in 2014, has been described by the Secretary...

Negotiating the End of Brexit

Negotiating the End of Brexit

It is increasingly likely that, unless things change, on January 1, 2021, we will have a no-deal Brexit. That would mean the only deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom would be the already ratified EU withdrawal agreement of 2019. There are only around 50 working days left in...

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU

The CO2 Border Adjustment for the EU

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...

Europe’s Moment of Truth Is Obviously About Debt

Europe’s Moment of Truth Is Obviously About Debt

Since 2016, the year the British voted to leave the European Union and the US elected trade-war baron Donald Trump, Europe has had its share of political and economic storms. The EU’s lack of unity and coherence and its fragility as a geopolitical institution have never been more obvious. The...

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, gave a stark warning recently about the lack of progress in the post-Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. But now, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come back to work after his battle with COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Is Europe Really Ready for Its Own Military Force?

Is Europe Really Ready for Its Own Military Force?

The European Union has been facing turbulent geopolitical moments outside as well as inside its own borders. These factors have prompted the EU’s key personalities to become more outspoken about what they see as a key step in making the EU a truly global player: developing its own defense...

Is Europe Ready to Do More on Security Matters?

Is Europe Ready to Do More on Security Matters?

The notion of a stronger European security framework is gaining momentum again. While the history of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) goes back to the Western European Union, more recent initiatives include 11 member states calling for a new defense policy and a more majority-based...

Theresa May Promises More Talks But No Walks

Theresa May Promises More Talks But No Walks

Newspapers have their own ways of talking about talks and influencing imminent disasters. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. Published simultaneously on February 7, following a meeting in Brussels between British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders, here are two contrasting versions of...

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