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September/October 2019

September/October 2019

The Long Shadow

Europe By Numbers

The Von Der Leyen Budget

the long shadow

jaroslaw kuisz and karoline wigura

Europe, Old and New

The myth of the West is waning in Central and Eastern Europe.

interview with karel schwarzenberg

“More Honesty Would Be a Wonderful Idea”

The former Czech foreign minister on Europe’s imperfect merger.

milan nič

The Next Chapter

The post-1989 period brought economic success to Central and Eastern Europe. A new generation now needs to update the model.

annabelle chapman

Who Gets to Claim History?

Their different views of 1989 divide Poland’s main parties?

siobhán dowling

Politics of Resentment

The image of a close Putin-Xi friendship can be deceiving.


christian schubert

Christine Lagarde

As Brexit looms, Scotland’s first minister may get another opportunity to make the case for leaving the United Kingdom.

carbon critical

noah gordon

Meat Tax Back on the Menu

Sausage-loving Germany is discussing raising taxes on meat.

the climate emergency

ralf fücks

A Green Industrial Revolution

Another refugee crisis could be looming. Yet so far the EU has been divided and passive.

michael t. klare

No Climate Denial at the Pentagon

Germany has had some success integrating refugees.

postcard from the new silk road

jacob mardell

Another Belt and Road Port?

“Ibizagate” has shaken Austrian politics. But plus ça change…

op-eds on german foreign policy

nils schmid

War and Peace

In politics, Francis Fukuyama was soon proven wrong. In economics, it took Donald Trump.

omid nouripour

Green Foreign Policy DNA

The internet giants like to present themselves as foreign policy actors on equal footing with nation states. They are not.

words dont come easy

marina watson pelaez


An unlikely government coalition has turned Portugal around.


alex massie

The Johnson Maneuver

The UK’s new prime minister steers the country towards a hard Brexit. An early election looms.

jean-baptiste jeangène vilmer

Lessons from #MacronLeaks

The attempt to meddle with the 2017 French presidential election failed. But it is vital to draw the right conclusions, and prepare.


kaan sahin

The Devil’s in the Detail

The international debate about AI ethics has only just begun.

sights and sounds

kaan sahin

Spotlight on Berlin

Berlin is en vogue as a film and television backdrop, but some cliches die hard.

red herring & black swan

hans kundnani

Is the German Question Back?

Some fear that American withdrawal from Europe would lead to German hegemony. But that’s unlikely.

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