Coalition of the Unwilling
Angela Merkel keeps pushing for a European solution to the refugee crisis, but discord remains.
The Comeback of Nuclear Deterrence
A refresher course for what the West will need to do to re-establish a deterrence regime.
“If You’re Not There, You Don’t Know What it’s Like”
A conversation with the OSCE Secretary-General on the international organization’s strengths and weaknesses.
Europe by Numbers: Fighting IS
The question of whether sending ground troops to fight IS is dividing Europe.
Europe has fallen behind the United States and Asia in a number of areas that will be key to economic success in the future. The EU will have to take a few key steps if it is to make up lost ground.
The “convergence machine” was designed to build wealth within the continent while helping its lagging members catch up. Now, however, the same mechanisms are rendering the currency union less flexible.
It has become the economistʼs holy grail – but competitiveness is too nebulous to guide policy. Increasing productivity should be Europe’s real concern, and this requires a comprehensive reform agenda.
“Military Engagement Is What IS Wants”
There are lessons to be learned from the terror attacks on Paris, says ROBERT MUNKS, Editor of IHS Janeʼs Intelligence Review. Military budgets and more manpower alone will not tackle IS’s dark appeal to vulnerable youths.
Missing a Chance, Again
After hundreds of thousands of dead, and millions of refugees, the EU urgently needs to take the lead in ending the brutal civil war in Syria that has transformed the country into a geopolitical battleground.
No Stability With Assad
The opportunity to establish a no-fly zone has passed. Any Western intervention should now focus on a no-bomb zone to protect civilians and on weakening Bashar al-Assad.
Decisions vs. Dynamics
Two approaches to policymaking are currently competing: one prefers to smash problems as they arise, while the other would rather disentangle them. Which one makes sense, and when?
IS is more of a sect than a terrorist organization, isolating its members and providing them with an end-of-days ideology. Reintegration of IS fighters will be nearly impossible.
Words Don’t Come Easy: “Cerchiobottista”
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has long advocated a dramatic break from the country’s political past. Such straightforwardness, however, does not suit most politicians – especially the cerchiobottisti, who make much ado but do not do much.
A Paradise Long Lost
Syriza’s election was supposed to mark a new direction for Greece. Instead, conditions have steadily worsened. The country is in dire eco-nomic shape and faces the brunt of the refugee crisis.
Co-Driving the New Silk Road
The “One Belt, One Road” project is about more than securing China’s economic future: it is a serious attempt on the part of Beijing to introduce a new form of diplomacy.
In 140 Characters: Margrethe Vestager
The EU’s Commissioner for Competition on taking on the likes of Google and knitting elephants.