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Germany’s debt brake needs to be reformed—for the sake of Germany as well as Europe.


A formidable Spaniard is about to take over as Europe’s chief diplomat, and he will strive to make the EU a heavyweight in international affairs.


Last year member states agreed to reform the EU’s civilian CSDP missions. Now tough decisions loom.


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.


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.


Italy’s government is unsettling its partners with its latest provocations. But the country’s Euroskepticism has a longer tradition than many realize.


By fielding a seven-person team of EU election candidates, Europe’s Liberals have disrupted the Spitzenkandidat system for choosing the next Commission president.

Helping companies battling US and Chinese competition, there are better ways for the EU than abandoning merger control.


The EU’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit make for a scary read.


The German chancellor indicated to the European Parliament she will push for a shift away from decades of Atlanticist foreign policy.


Angela Merkel leaving the international stage may be bad news for quick EU reform. In the long run, however, her successor will likely turn into at least as good a European.


Europe‘s right-wing populists are shifting away from a total rejection of EU institutions. Instead, they are attempting to harness them to their own ideology, …


Who will pay more? Who will receive less? The battle over the EU’s next budget will be brutal.


Facebook’s data security policies have long gone unchallenged by European regulators. That might change soon.

The youth unemployment crisis may have coincided with the euro crisis, but it has deeper roots and is longer-lasting.


The ambitions of the People’s Liberation Army are beginning to approach Europe’s backyard.