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.
On external relations, the next European Commission needs to
think bigger than its predecessors.
Emmanuel Macron will need to strike a difficult balance between national self-assertion and EU integration.
Known as a tough negotiator, the EU’s future trade commissioner is used to being unpopular.
So far, Britain and the EU have only talked about exit modalities. Negotiating their future relationship will be even more difficult.
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?
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.
Instead of complaining, Germany and others need to back up the European Central Bank by investing in infrastructure and technology.
By rejecting the manner in which the EU develops into a defense actor, Washington risks losing its ability to shape that discussion.
Some sectors could quickly take action to reduce CO2 emissions. But heavy industry has already done much of the easy stuff.
Washington is escalating its campaign to contain China by blacklisting technology firms. It’s not clear if Europe is prepared to follow suit.
Emmanuel Macron is trying to mend fences with Rome.
Uzbekistan’s Kamchiq tunnel is a model project for China’s
Belt and Road Initiative.
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.
Critics say Germany’s carbon price is too low. But price isn’t the only factor policymakers need to consider.