A Question of Survival
The EU can no longer afford to conduct a foreign policy based on the lowest common denominator. It needs to adapt to new realities―and fast.
Von der Leyen’s Foreign Policy Bucket List
On external relations, the next European Commission needs to
think bigger than its predecessors.
Macron on the Move
Emmanuel Macron will need to strike a difficult balance between national self-assertion and EU integration.
Close-Up: Phil Hogan
Known as a tough negotiator, the EU’s future trade commissioner is used to being unpopular.
The Worst Is Yet to Come
So far, Britain and the EU have only talked about exit modalities. Negotiating their future relationship will be even more difficult.
Words Don’t Come Easy: “Normipolitiikkaa”
Four of the five parties that make up Finland’s current government are led by women. But does that mean the Nordic nation is a beacon of equality?
Living a Lie
Germany’s debt brake needs to be reformed—for the sake of Germany as well as Europe.
The nations of Eastern Europe all have their own versions of populist politics.
Red Herring & Black Swan: Rally Behind the ECB
Instead of complaining, Germany and others need to back up the European Central Bank by investing in infrastructure and technology.
Resetting the US-EU Defense Relationship
By rejecting the manner in which the EU develops into a defense actor, Washington risks losing its ability to shape that discussion.
Carbon Critical: High-Hanging Fruit
Some sectors could quickly take action to reduce CO2 emissions. But heavy industry has already done much of the easy stuff.
Hard Choices on China
Washington is escalating its campaign to contain China by blacklisting technology firms. It’s not clear if Europe is prepared to follow suit.
Pariscope: The Italian Job
Emmanuel Macron is trying to mend fences with Rome.
Postcard from the New Silk Road: A Morning Drink with the Turbine Engineer
Uzbekistan’s Kamchiq tunnel is a model project for China’s
Belt and Road Initiative.
An EU Delayed
On November 1, the UK was supposed to have left the EU, and Ursula von der Leyen was supposed to start her job as Commission President. Neither will happen.
How to Make Carbon Pricing Work
Critics say Germany’s carbon price is too low. But price isn’t the only factor policymakers need to consider.