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Global Europe 20-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ECPC – Is Biden or Trump better for the EU?

The answer seems obvious. The election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the US would be great news for the European Union, as it would hopefully herald a return to the “normal” in transatlantic relations, after a terrible...
Global Europe 20-10-2020

US presidential elections bring hope for restoring good US-EU relations

Less than a month remains until the US presidential elections, an event that will have a major impact on world politics for years to come, including on relations between Europe and the United States, writes Urmas Paet. Urmas Paet is...
Global Europe 12-10-2020

Fear and loathing vs raw energy: Can Trump hold on?

Is the US election a done deal? Not yet, says Dick Roche, and explains why it is too early to consider that Donald Trump will necessarily lose.
Azerbaijan 30-09-2020

How third parties’ neutrality protracts the Armenia–Azerbaijan conflict

The so-called “balanced approach” under which Armenia and Azerbaijan take equal blame for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has only perpetuated and protracted the antagonism, writes Farid Shafiyev.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

The Brief – The Art of the Debate

Tonight, US President Donald Trump and his Democratic contender Joe Biden will face off for the first time, 35 days ahead of the US presidential election. They will not get a second chance to make a first impression. Presidential debates...
China 28-09-2020

Defusing US-China tensions: European geopolitics in the making

It is in the European interest not to become a battlefield for an American-Chinese war; and only a strong EU can defuse the disputes between Washington and Beijing, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Enlargement 25-09-2020

Why is recent Serbia-Kosovo agreement no good news for Western Balkans?

The Serbian leadership signed an agreement in Washington in order to advance the achievement of the so-called “Serbian world", and that risks opening the Pandora's box in the whole region of the Western Balkans, writes Filip Milacic.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

A time bomb at the heart of the US presidential elections

Beware of US elections, which may end up with the world’s most powerful nation bogged down in a constitutional crisis, writes Dick Roche. Dick Roche is a former European Affairs minister of Ireland. On 3 November US voters will elect...
Global Europe 07-08-2020

Vote by mail? Trouble ahead for US elections

Advocates of a vote-by-mail in the US presidential election have argued that it is the only safe way to conduct elections during the COVID pandemic. Opponents argue that moving to vote-by-mail elections opens the floodgates to fraud. Dick Roche looked...
Global Europe 15-06-2020

The Brief – A marriage with strings attached

The US and Europe are like an old married couple: the kids have left the house, there is still some love left and divorce is out of the question, but deep-down, some fundamental issues need to be sorted out for...
Elections 03-06-2020

Elections in a time of crisis: Is postal voting the answer?

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenge of holding elections in a time of crisis.  Only the European Parliament has the expertise to advise if voting by mail would be a good idea, writes Dick Roche.
Europe's East 27-05-2020

Ukraine is getting itself into US election troubles

Ukraine is losing friends: among other mistakes, by playing internal politics, the country’s President has taken sides in the US elections, which may be disastrous for the country in the future, writes Pavlo Fedykovych.
Global Europe 22-05-2020

Through the transatlantic drift, Europe needs to take the helm on Iran

US diplomacy on Iran is failing. The result is that the EU can no longer allow this transatlantic drift to continue, and take the lead itself, writes Guillaume Xavier-Bender.
Enlargement 30-04-2020

Why Serbia’s President Vucic chose Richard Grenell over Angela Merkel

Although EU membership is Serbia’s official foreign policy goal, Russia and China – and perhaps the USA in the future – are providing something that is much more valuable for the Serbian leaders: a hope that the drawing of the national borders will be possible again, writes Filip Milacic
Energy 16-03-2020

US shale will be first casualty of oil price war

Although the oil price war was triggered by the Russia-Saudi fall-out, US shale will be the first casualty, writes Robin Mills. In the process, the US will learn that producing a lot of oil at high prices is not the “energy dominance” it has made a centrepiece of foreign policy, he argues.
Global Europe 04-03-2020

Why did Boyko Borissov’s mission in Ankara fail?

If von der Leyen’s Commission really wants to be global, it should intervene at the root of the problem instead of trying to deal with the consequences, writes Ivailo Kalfin.
Global Europe 03-03-2020

Erdogan is bullying Europe because Trump gave him the green light

The show which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is playing now with the migrant crisis is, to a great extent, the result of the green light he got from Trump last October when the US troops withdrew from Syria.
Global Europe 29-01-2020

USA is increasingly problematic, EU should restore ties with Russia

Washington, the European Union’s main ally, has in recent years earned the reputation of a country that creates rather than solves problems. But the EU can now normalise and restore recently broken relations with Russia, which has been and will...
Energy 19-11-2019

China’s growing interest in Saudi Aramco is part of a long game

The Aramco public offering gives China an opportunity to gain a foothold at the center of the global oil industry. According to Joseph Dana, the move is part of a longer-term attempt by Beijing to challenge the dollar’s dominance as the world’s universal currency.

Poland’s double-game on defence matters

Poland's decision to buy American F-35 aircraft sounds like Warsaw snubbing European projects. However, the EU member state, is also in breach of its commitments, writes Nicholas Gros-Verheyde.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Pompeo’s visit to Brussels is an opportunity for a unified Iran strategy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s two-day visit to Brussels (2 and 3 September) is an excellent opportunity to address several important issues for the cross-Atlantic relations and have a unified strategy in addressing them as Europe is going to have a new leadership, Giulio Terzi writes.

Gulf crisis is testing a new generation of European leaders

A new generation of EU leaders is grappling with the shipping crisis in the Arabian Gulf in a way that could determine the future military posture of individual countries, and perhaps even of the European Union, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
Global Europe 14-06-2019

Trump’s sanctions are working and will prevent war with Iran

The attack of two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday (13 June), which were widely attributed to Iran, shows Tehran is engaged in a series of missteps that will land it further in financial pain rather than war, writes Hagar Hajjar Chemali.

Iran and the US are inching toward war

There can be little doubt now that Iran and the US are inching toward full-scale war. All attempts by either to force a change in the other’s behavior have come to nothing. Conflict now seems inevitable, writes Dnyanesh Kamat.
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