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January, 2020


Emmanuel Macron’s big idea for an EU constitutional convention may be watered down by Ursula von der Leyen into a sideshow that could then be ignored. The European Parliament, however, wants it to achieve real reform.


75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Germany needs to rethink how it remembers—and why it does.


Germany’s capital is astonishingly short on politicians with a nation-wide appeal. Here’s why. France had Jacques Chirac, who was mayor of Paris for 18 …


Governments like to talk up the cooperation between China and Central Asian states. But the Sinophobia in Kyrgystan and Kazahkstan is very real. “They …


Europe has been left as a spectator in the US-Iran conflict as the EU half-heartedly tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

Editorial: A World of Frenemies

It was the strongly anti-Communist US columnist and gossip writer Walter Winchell who first coined the term in print in 1953. “Howz [sic] About …

The Dangers of Herd Life

In the digital age, ideas of human nature posited by the European Enlightenment are confronted with a Chinese model in which the state uses …


Chinese engineers and workers on Belt and Road Initiative projects often spend many months away from their families. In Kyrgyzstan, however, some see a …

California Calling

The Golden State is a heavyweight when it comes to fighting climate change and setting tech policy. It is time European leaders found their …

Words Don’t Come Easy: “Predavstvo”

For many in the newly renamed country of North Macedonia, French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to block EU accession talks was a “betrayal.” It …

Carbon Critical: The Four Camps of the New Climate Debate

As the 2020s begin, hardly anyone is ignoring or denying climate change anymore. We are all either Carbonists, Lukewarmists, Techno-Mitigators, or Alarmists. The global …

Close-Up: Andrej Plenković

Croatia, for the first time ever, is holding the rotating EU presidency. Its prime minister had been hoping for a chance to shine. But …

The Tech Cold War Illusion

While the United States and China are engaged in a great tech rivalry, analogies with the East-West conflict before 1989 are misplaced. “The AI …

Weaponizing the Economy

Tariffs, investments, infrastructure projects: the instruments of global power rivalry have changed. To assert themselves, Germany and Europe need to learn the rules of …

Caught in the Headlights

There have been multiple shocks since 2014: Russia’s war against Ukraine, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron’s bold initiatives. Berlin’s only answer …

Europe by Numbers: A Very British Election

By winning 365 of the 650 parliamentary seats, Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have changed Britain’s political landscape for the next five years, possibly for the …