The Weak European Reflex in German Cybersecurity

September 27, 2021

Whether financial crisis, migration or the coronavirus pandemic, the past decade has shown that Germany cannot easily implement its international goals without the European Union. This fact is hardly taken into account in the German cybersecurity strategy adopted on September 8. Is Big Tech...

What Led to Europe’s Vaccine Disaster?

April 15, 2021

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...

Failing to Protect the Independence of the European Commission

September 14, 2020

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...

Young Europeans Must Face These Challenges

September 23, 2018

What are the challenges ahead for young people in Europe? These activists give their view. The Congress of Young Europeans, organized and hosted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, among others, was a unique gathering of 70 young activists and future politicians from across Europe. Held in Prague,...

The IMF and the Euro Area Crisis

November 06, 2016

Paul Blustein’s book is an important addition to the burgeoning literature on the euro-area crisis, and its main contribution is to assemble essential factual material for further analysis. The International Monetary Fund’s involvement in the euro area crisis has raised a lot of controversy....

Is the Eurozone Ready for the Next Crisis?

May 17, 2016

Have eurozone states built sufficient democratic institutions for the necessary sharing of risks and resources? The 2008 financial crisis was not a one-off event. The resources that were available to cope with that crisis would not necessarily be there if there was another crisis. Government...

The World This Week: Italy-EC Deal Puts Taxpayers at Risk

January 31, 2016

Italy’s new deal with the European Commission evokes ghosts of the past and raises big questions about the future of the eurozone. Italian banks are in trouble. In the recent market turmoil, share prices of Italian banks have dropped dramatically. As per the Financial Times, Italian banks...

A Troubled 2015 Gives Way to a Tense New Year in Europe

January 09, 2016

As tension rises in Europe amid a migrant crisis, terrorist threats and anti-austerity sentiment, will the EU disintegrate? For Europe, there were a few topics dominating headlines in 2015, notably the migrant crisis, Islamic State terrorist attacks and threats, and anti-austerity movements....

Europe’s Capital Markets Union and the New Single Market Challenge

October 05, 2015

Nicolas Véron comments on the Capital Markets Union Action Plan launched by the European Commission. In mid-July 2014, in his maiden policy speech at the European Parliament as president-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker promised to create a European “Capital Markets...

To Fight Corruption, Understand its Dynamics

February 11, 2014

Corruption continues to serve as a major obstacle to development. Several recent articles remind us of how easy it is to pass judgment on various indicators of a country’s behavior, without truly understanding how conditionality affects the behavior in question and proposed remedies. In this...

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