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23/01/2017

Without citizens’ support, EU falls pray to populists and Russian influence

Elections


Future EU 18-01-2017

In a fractured Europe, two celebrations could make or break the Union

The celebration of the Euro anniversary in March will be an opportunity to counter anti-euro parties, writes Paul Wallace. But European leaders may also want to reflect on the anniversary of the Reformation, which undermined the Holy Roman Empire, seen by some historians as an early version of the EU.
Elections 16-01-2017

The Parliament that Europeans want to hear from

The European Parliament is delivering, but there is still room for improvement in the way it communicates to both the younger and older generations, writes Vice-President Ramón Valcárcel.
Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
Elections 09-01-2017

A marriage of convenience

By courting the ALDE group, the Five Star Movement may prove that populists can move into the political mainstream. Despite differences between Beppe Grillo and Guy Verhofstadt, their parties are not as different as they seem, writes Nicholas Whyte.

Ciolos’ failure to save Rosia Montana disappointed many Romanians

Outgoing Romanian PM Dacian Cioloş could have saved the village of Rosia Montana by filing a procedure to make it a UNESCO world heritage site. But he preferred to bow to the interests of a Canadian firm using cyanide technologies to extract gold, writes Claudia Ciobanu.
Euro & Finance 23-12-2016

Three trends that will continue hurting the eurozone in 2017

2016 did not fall short on anxiety over the eurozone’s fragile economic recovery. From feeble growth to fierce backlash, to full-blown uncertainty, here are three trends that look all but certain to spill over into 2017, writes Ilaria Maselli.

Romania’s anti-corruption services are reminiscent of Securitate

SRI, Romania’s domestic intelligence service, is evolving into what many regard as the Securitate Version 2.0, a reference to Nicolae Ceaușescu’s feared security service, writes Nick Kochan.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

From Brexit to Trump: Transatlantic Allies in an era of unpredictability

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President is not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, it’s test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.
Elections 23-11-2016

Welcome to the Leak-ocracy:  Elections decided by Russian hackers and (Wiki)leaks

A new and disturbing factor emerged during this US presidential election, one that may change elections forever: democracies are now at the mercy of hacking and surveillance technologies, and those who control them. Steven Hill warns that Germany could be next.
Elections 18-11-2016

Could Ciolos be Romania’s prime minister again?

Romania’s parliamentary election campaign pits the nation’s political elite against what could be described as the EU’s bureaucratic elite, embodied by incumbent Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş, writes Doug Henderson.
Europe's East 18-10-2016

Georgia’s quiet move away from 'Messiah' politics

A quiet transition has taken place under the Georgian Dream government, bringing the country in line with a fully-matured western democracy, writes Amanda Paul.
UK & Europe 13-10-2016

Comrade Corbyn and iPhone Socialism

Recently re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn still needs another 11 million votes to wrest 10 Downing Street away from the Tories. But his leftist policies do not gel with voters attracted to UKIP or the Brexit Conservatives, writes Melanie Sully.


Elections 03-10-2016

EU should get involved in mediating Catalan debate

As Catalonia pledges to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in September 2017, Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras calls on the EU to be involved and mediate between the two parties.
UK & Europe 03-10-2016

As Theresa May tries to buy Tory peace Brexit politics heats up

Theresa May’s has spent nearly every waking moment since leaving university thinking about her Conservative Party to which she has devoted all her life, writes Denis MaShane.
Security 23-09-2016

Imperative that next Secretary-General reforms UN

As the UN’s selection process continues, for the first time with added transparency, Najiba Mustafayeva writes that the eventual nominee must reform the 71-year-old organisation to better reflect the realities of the modern world.
Trade & Society 19-09-2016

Vestager’s poisoned Apple

Kicking the big guy in the shins is always a popular political diversion – particularly when the big guy in question is an American multinational, writes Dick Roche.
UK & Europe 07-09-2016

The Somme, Verdun and Brexit

Brexit was the point at which two narratives about 20th century European history collided. The 21st century has seen Europe begin to turn once again toward nationalism. Fritz Groothues warns there is much to be done to reverse this trend.
Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.
UK & Europe 31-08-2016

The silver lining to the Brexit cloud

After a fairly restless summer, the mood on Brexit has shifted in Brussels. Initial disbelief that the UK could have voted to leave is now replaced by acceptance that, “Brexit means Brexit”, writes Andrew Duff.
Elections 30-08-2016

European elections: national lists, European parties?

Pro-European circles generally believe that only transnational lists can make elections to the European Parliament more European. But the proposal is unlikely ever to be accepted by the Council. Pierre Jouvenat considers an alternative.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
UK & Europe 23-06-2016

A thin win of the Remain camp means Britain will remain in uncertainty for EU

If the Remain camp wins by a tiny majority – the polls show a deadlock – then the Leave camp will not let the matter stand. It will manoeuvre for another referendum down the road, writes George Friedman.

Poland’s constitutional conundrum...explained

Like other European nations, Poland will remain a source of conflicting messages in years to come. But the EU has nothing to worry about – the democratic government in place can be removed in a peaceful manner next time people come to vote, writes Piotr Macej Kaczyński.
Global Europe 13-06-2016

Without citizens’ support, EU falls pray to populists and Russian influence

The European project as it stands now is not based on the broad consensus of the European public, and that’s why populists and Russian propaganda are so successful, writes Tomáš Zdechovský .