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27-01-2021

Strong national democracies, Europe’s guarantor of security

"Our task, as European Conservatives, is to stop the current transfer of competences and decision-making doomed for centralisation, by handing back real power to the Member States."
Brexit 22-01-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – The lost art of diplomacy

There is nothing like a break-up to prompt a few rounds of point-scoring and petty one-upmanship. The Brexit divorce process is more giving than most. The UK may be over and out of the bloc, legally at least, but there...
Non-discrimination 20-01-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Wanted: A Guardian of Democracy

Last Friday, and without much media coverage, the Guardian of the Treaties dealt the latest blow to European citizens' shot at direct democracy by rejecting a petition proposing a protection package for national minorities that had garnered 1.1 million signatures across the EU.

What we might learn from the Trump administration’s downfall

The siege of the Capitol was one of the darkest moments, but not the last hour of modern democracy, writes Anna Donáth.
Brexit 15-01-2021

The Brief – Rotting in the docks

The images of then UKIP leader Nigel Farage floating in a dinghy on the River Thames – encountering a flotilla of Remainers led by Bob Geldof and doling out profanity like candy – is one of the memories of the...
Digital 14-01-2021

After Trump, we must fight to rebuild the ruins of democracy

Even after US President Trump is gone, the underlying causes of division, mistrust, and frustration won't go away and Europe must future-proof itself against any risks to democracy – particularly in the online world, writes Věra Jourová.
Elections 13-01-2021

The Brief – Of German vaccines and dark horses

Germany's Christian Democrats are set to elect their new leader among the three candidates vying for top post this weekend. But the winner might not necessarily go on to become the party's designated candidate to run for the chancellorship in this year’s general election.
Brexit 11-01-2021

The Brief – Letter from the UK

Two days after the UK left the EU’s single market, England was placed into its third national lockdown on 3 January, joining Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who had already imposed their own restrictions. With people confined to their homes...
Future EU 08-01-2021

Time for the European Commission to shine 

The latest successful European Citizens' Initiative, Minority SafePack, is a rare opportunity to take democratic participation seriously, after a number of previous ECis failed to garner enough attention or make an impact on EU legislation, writes Carsten Berg.
EU Priorities 2020 31-12-2020

Portuguese PM: Time to deliver a fair, green, digital recovery

After a year scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portuguese presidency will seek to deliver on a Europe-wide vaccination plan and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, writes António Costa.

Nothing to celebrate in 2020? 20 years of UNSC 1325

2020 did not bring significant progress for the agenda of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the COVID19 pandemic even caused significant setbacks for women's rights, writes Brigitta von Messling.

Don’t forget about Europe’s Northern Partners 

In designing the European security architecture, how can Norwegian and EU priorities in defence and security be prudently squared against one another to ensure that both sides mutually benefit from the partnership, ask Kinga Brudzinska and Lucia Rybnikárová.
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Erasmus Fuss

UK students are set to lose access to the EU’s foreign exchange scheme, Erasmus+, in what will arguably be the biggest Brexit-perpetrated crime. Forget the economics of it, this is wrecking a whole generation’s prospects.
Future EU 15-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Two visions of England, and Europe

Aside from being great yarns, Europe and the project of European integration lie at the heart of the best work of the great spy novelist, John Le Carré, who died on Saturday.
Coronavirus 14-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – Where have the populists gone?

Where have Europe’s far-right populists disappeared to? Where are Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, Matteo Salvini and the others? There has not been a peep from them for a long time – almost since COVID-19 came about.
11-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Veto power, used and abused

Europe’s surly teenager – the UK – may have left the club only to be replaced by the new enfants terribles of the EU – Poland and Hungary. But like it or not, the two Visegrad states were protecting their national interests.
Freedom of thought 11-12-2020

Renewing the EU’s commitment to the protection of the freedom of religion and belief

Renewing and boosting the post of EU Special Envoy for freedom of religion or belief outside the Union is a crucial step in this direction. It would send a welcome message during the festive season and while we mark International Human Rights Day, argues Miriam Lexmann.
10-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Strasbourg Farce

The European Parliament’s president will open next week’s plenary session in person in Strasbourg. But there won’t be any MEPs there, in what is the latest mad installment of the single-seat saga.
Non-discrimination 10-12-2020

Stop the rain on human rights

The current pandemic crisis serves as a magnifying glass of all existing inequalities in Europe - racism, gender and sexual discrimination, treatment of migrants: there is still a long way to go to ensure full and real equality in Europe, write Helena Dalli and Dunja Mijatović on the occasion of the Human Rights Day on 10 December.
Future EU 09-12-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – EU summits as storms

There are several established methodologies to measure tropical storms and hurricanes, but none for measuring EU summits. Most summits will not be remembered in EU history, Some bring memories thanks to anecdotes outside the summit room, like Jacques Chirac answering...
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09-12-2020

Europe 2.0 – A partnership of national democracies

Ahead of the conference on the future of Europe, the ECR Group in the European Parliament launches this week in Warsaw a ‘European Tour’ of live broadcasts to stimulate debate about alternatives to the federalists’ centralising agenda. The supranational institutions have become too dominant, argues Co-Chairman Legutko. A reset is required. #ResetEU
Future EU 08-12-2020

After a Decade of EU Pragmatism, It Is Time to Talk About Democracy Again

During the crisis-ridden last decade, the EU has stumbled into a new intergovernmentalism presented as an apparently pragmatic problem-solving approach. But side-lining the European Parliament is not just a problem for the EU’s legitimacy, but also results in negotiation deadlocks...
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07-12-2020

We must protect our civic space so that we can keep our human rights

From health to employment to education, Covid-19 has brought additional challenges regarding access to and enjoyment of human rights. As December 10, International Human Rights Day, draws closer, it’s time to reflect on the state of civic space in Europe,...
03-12-2020

COVID-19 is putting Italy’s populists to bed

In political terms, the biggest casualty of COVID-19 in Italy are the country’s populists. Being anti-vax and anti-EU no longer works when the country needs both to exit the crisis. They will change their rhetoric – but lose their punch in the process, writes Elettra Ardissino.  
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