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...

Why Is There an Irish Backstop?

January 07, 2019

The Irish backstop is simply an effort to mitigate the damage that Brexit causes to peace in Ireland and the UK. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. It puzzles many people in Britain that something known as an “Irish backstop” should be at the heart of an increasingly bitter...

CSDP Compact: Reinventing EU Civilian Crisis Management?

December 19, 2018

In November, EU foreign ministers adopted the civilian CSDP Compact, but it falls short of putting EU civilian crisis management on a new footing.  With its 10 ongoing civilian and six military Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) missions, the European Union is engaged in zones of...

EU Migration Policy Bears No Relation to Reality

December 12, 2018

The European Union is operating in crisis mode with its migration policy by wrongly focusing on containment. Issues of migration and forced displacement have dominated public debate in EU member states for the third consecutive year. The feeling of having lost control over immigration weighs...