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Ensuring that transatlantic flows are sustained in the COVID-19 crisis is one of the most important things that can be done right now.


The EU has shown unprecedented flexibility in the initial days of an acute crisis. That does not mean the European project is collapsing.


Negotiating the future relationship with Britain is going to be difficult for the EU. Time pressure is acute, interests diverge, and the UK’s Brexiteers …


An EU free from British membership will mean new challenges, but also new opportunities.


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.


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.