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Berlin Policy Journal

International affairs from the heart of Europe


With the European Parliament becoming ever more powerful, it’s important to understand how it functions and what impact it has on the lives of EU citizens. What can we expect from the elections?


Pro-Europeans have long avoided a debate on the end goal of EU integration. It’s time for honesty: ever closer cooperation between member states is the only realistic way forward. 


In the summer of 2040, the EU has finally turned into a functioning regional power. It took Russia attacking the Baltics, another euro crisis, and a migrant boom to get there.


In the run-up to the European elections, much attention has been paid to the noisy populist far right. However, centrist forces are likely to continue their dominance of European politics.


Two decades from now, there’s a surprising amount of unity in disunity. The EU has progressed in leaps and bounds, proving to be the world’s most flexible organization.


Little thinking has been done about EU disintegration. In the absence of plausible theories, here are three ways things could go wrong for Europe.


Today’s European Union is profoundly dysfunctional. Power is neither located in Brussels nor the capitals. Let’s look to US history for the way forward.


Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister is the poster boy of Europe’s right-wing populists.


From May 23 to 26, 2019, voters across the European Union will head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. With party …


There are fears that the growing populist forces on the right and left are paving the way for authoritarianism. Yet those same forces can …


Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukraine’s inexperienced president-elect, needs to learn quickly how to navigate difficult political waters. Russia, his most dangerous foe, has already begun testing …


Since 1989, the West has become stuck in the “politics of eternity,” failing to think either about the past or the future, argues historian …


The traditional statistics on greenhouse gases don’t capture emissions related to trade, shipping, or international aviation. But that’s not the only reason they’re misleading. …

Well Advised? Hardly

Foreign affairs experts are facing a crisis. The problem is particularly pronounced in Berlin, where advisers and analysts are staring at the ruins of …

Words Don’t Come Easy: “Tempolimit”

In Germany’s highly-regulated society, driving as fast as you can on the autobahn is seen as one of the last remaining freedoms–for now. It’s …

Must Do Better

If the EU is to be a global player and not a plaything, Germany must make crucial improvements to its European policy. Traditionally, German …