East Germany Goes East
Despite Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on protestors, politicians in eastern Germany are emphasizing their ties with Russia—and practicing post-communist identity politics.
Getting Deterrence Right on NATO’s Eastern Flank
Poland won’t exactly be getting the “Fort Trump” it wanted. But NATO’s robust force posture in the East, like Russia’s, still risks being misinterpreted.
The Price of Overcoming Unanimity
The European Union often fails to make its mark on global affairs due to internal divisions. Scrapping the unanimity requirement for European foreign policy positions could help—but it can’t come without burden-sharing.
Von der Leyen’s in and the Spitzenkandidat’s Dead
The German defence minister has squeaked through by just nine votes. But it is the EU institutions, and not Von der Leyen, who are to blame.
Von der Leyen Is in Trouble
The European Council’s pick is in serious doubt after MEPs left meetings with her this week unimpressed.
Enhancing the EU’s Civilian Missions
Last year member states agreed to reform the EU’s civilian CSDP missions. Now tough decisions loom.
A German Paradox
For the first time in over 50 years, a German has been nominated as President of the European Commission. Yet Ursula von der Leyen’s loudest critics are back home.
By choosing Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council has thrown down the gauntlet to the European Parliament.
Angela Merkel’s carefully-crafted compromise idea was rejected by centrist members of her EPP group, including Ireland’s Leo Varadkar.