Future EU 26-01-2022

High Noon for the Conference on the Future of Europe

Last weekend, the Conference on the Future of Europe entered a new phase. With most participatory elements of the Conference, including the European Citizens Panels (ECPs), about to conclude, the process enters its hot political phase. A Conference Plenary will discuss citizens’ recommendations and ultimately transform them into the initiative's outcome, writes Johannes Greubel.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

The Brief — NATO should thank Putin

Kremlinology is a science developed during the Cold War when the West tried to second-guess what the Soviet Union was up to. Years have passed, and despite the new technologies, the Kremlin is just as opaque and hard to read as it ever was.
Digital & Media 24-01-2022

How the Parliament’s AIDA Report Misdiagnoses the Risks and Benefits of Health AI

In November 2021, the European Parliament’s Special Committee on AI in a Digital Age (AIDA Committee) put forward its draft report on artificial intelligence (AI) in a digital age. The report advocates for a very permissive approach to regulation of AI to stimulate innovation and foster the competitiveness of the EU. With this, however, it understates the possible risks specific to development and use of AI in the context of health and lacks actual solutions to translate potential into action. We identified five shortcomings and hereby appeal to the regulator to address them.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2022

The Brief — Inflation blues

With the pandemic raging around us and hefty price rises hitting Europeans in their pocketbooks, anyone immune from the January blues should be instructed to share their secret with the rest of us.
Politics 20-01-2022

The Brief — COVID gamblers

Is this the end of COVID – or at least of the restrictions? Or is it a misperception? Should we brace for a new variant, possibly the worst we could imagine?
Politics 18-01-2022

The Brief – An inevitable betrayal

Following the 2008 economic crisis, the EU socialists almost collapsed in successive elections across the bloc. Back then, they put the blame on the “grand coalition” they had formed with the centre-right.
Politics 17-01-2022

The Brief, powered by The Greens/EFA – Divorcing over Djokovic

Novak Djokovic’s Australian saga is dangerously divisive. The Serbian tennis player is becoming, possibly against his will, an icon of the anti-vaxxers.
Brexit 14-01-2022

The Brief — The party’s over

It was always likely that something trivial would bring down Boris Johnson. It would never be policy because Johnson is, ideologically, something of an empty vessel. Throughout his career, it has always been unclear what, besides advancing his own interests, he actually believes in.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

The Brief — The Battle of Normandy

The tensions with Russia over Ukraine are said to be at their most dangerous since the end of the Cold War. Talks with Russia are ongoing in various forms. However, there are no results, and no prospects of any breakthrough.
Transport 12-01-2022

The Brief – For the sake of credibility, the EU must exorcise ghost flights

"Kafkaesque" may be an overused term, but there are rare occasions when it is fitting. This Brief is about one of them.
Politics 11-01-2022

The Brief – Il Presidente buono

Europe woke up in a state of shock today, mourning the death of David Maria Sassoli, the good president.
Central Asia 10-01-2022

The Brief – ‘Business as usual’ with Kazakhstan?

The new year started with unrest in Kazakhstan, which will likely impact the wider picture of world geopolitics.
Politics 23-12-2021

The Brief — Skipping Christmas

Have you checked your office emails recently? You probably got many seasons greetings. But did you notice: Some wish you “Merry Christmas” while others say “Happy Holidays”. It’s a matter of corporate policy. And often, the greetings are a political...
Agrifood 23-12-2021

Why 2022 must be the year governments serve up a food systems revolution

Of all the reasons why 2021 may go down in history, the first UN Food Systems Summit may yet have the longest-lasting impact worldwide, writes Agnes Kalibata.

Coronavirus 22-12-2021

The Brief – The heavy price of indecision

As governments tighten restrictions around Europe in a belated effort to halt the march of the Omicron variant, the question on everyone's mind is whether another lockdown is coming after, or even before, Christmas.
Politics 21-12-2021

The Brief – Down with Davos

A second COVID Christmas awaits, replete with travel restrictions, lockdowns in some countries, and vaccination passports. Gloomy as the prognosis is, if you look hard enough, there is one small silver lining, at least for those of us who write about politics for a living.
Global Europe 20-12-2021

The Brief – Macron’s world

French President Emmanuel Macron gave an unusually long interview to TF1-LCI, a full version of which was aired on LCI on Saturday (18 December). Unsurprisingly, most of it concerned domestic politics. But there was also an intriguing part about Russia.
Politics 17-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – How Europe teaches its past

It is hard to remember a time in Europe’s recent past when conspiracy theories and disinformation were so popular and scapegoating of communities so prevalent. Aside from the health crisis, the COVID pandemic has brought with it distant echoes of the darker moments in Europe’s last century.
Future EU 17-12-2021

CoFoE: Lack of inclusion of people with disabilities is worrying

Persons with disabilities do not have an equal access to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), writes Yannis Vardakastanis. Yannis Vardakastanis is the president of the European Disability Forum and a member of the CoFoE Plenary. This problem...
Politics 16-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – The last waltz

The ‘dance of the elephants’, as we recently described it, opens the way for EPP’s Roberta Metsola to become the European Parliament president for the second half of this term, before the 2024 European elections.
Global Europe 14-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs — Dancing around the Olympic flag pole

Europe is split over its political representation at the upcoming Beijing Olympics - and its dilly-dallying has already awarded China its first victory.
Digital & Media 13-12-2021

Advertising is essential to the free web. But tracking isn’t.

It’s heartening to see that European lawmakers are preparing to vote on beefed-up restrictions on tracking ads. In fact I wish they were willing to go even further and consider an outright ban - because as recent events and headlines have unambiguously shown, tracking is doing enormous damage to individual rights and to the integrity of democratic institutions.
Global Europe 13-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs — Bosnia crisis and the failure of stabilocracy

The National Assembly of Republika Srpska (the Serb half of post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina) voted last Friday to start work on pulling their autonomous entity out of Bosnia’s armed forces, judiciary and tax systems. The assembly said the RS government should propose within six months laws to regulate these matters at entity level.
Politics 10-12-2021

The Brief — Do as I say, not as I do

One of the stories of this pandemic has been just how easy it is to take away our freedoms. As Europeans, we took our four freedoms for granted until they were suddenly taken away last March.