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Corruption puts the future of the European Union at risk

Protests against government corruption have been rocking Bulgaria since August. MEP Daniel Freund, who was in Sofia last week to meet with protesters, shares his impressions.
Politics 31-08-2020

The Brief – ‘We will make it’, but not alone

Exactly five years ago to the day, Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a phrase that will forever seal her 16 years in office: "We will make it" ("Wir schaffen das"). Having become the symbol of a message of optimism and openness towards refugees, what conclusion can we draw from this today?
Elections 10-08-2020

It’s high time for the EU to take the side of the Bulgarian citizens

EU leaders have to make up their minds and understand that they only have two options - to act on the side of Bulgarian citizens in their fight for a decent and modern European country, or to passively watch the failure of a member state, writes Radan Kanev.
EU-China 31-07-2020

The EU’s ‘My Way’ with China

A virtual summit of EU leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel with China’s President Xi Jinping on 14 September looks increasingly like a decisive moment, writes Fraser Cameron.
Economy & Jobs 17-07-2020

A Financial Transaction Tax deal worth fighting for

The German EU presidency programme mentions the financial transactions tax as one of the measures to fund the EU's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now is the time to make good on this promise, writes a group of 70 MEPs.
05-06-2020

Lack of rule of law threatens Bulgaria’s economic recovery

According to the World Bank, it turns out to be easier to do business in post-Soviet Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia than in EU member Bulgaria, writes Joël Ruet. Joël Ruet is the chairman of The Bridge Tank As...
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

2020 will go down in history as the EU’s turning point thanks to COVID-19

In the two months since mid-March, the European Union has seen a change of course that was unthinkable at the start of the year. Entrenched taboos are falling away, and things that had been awaited for more than 20 years are happening within days and weeks. We must not waste this historic moment, writes Luca Jahier.
Global Europe 28-11-2018

Angela Merkel’s legacy in the Middle East

German Chancellor Merkel's momentous 2015 decision to accept asylum-seekers from the region fell flat: the Chancellor did not rise to the occasion and chart a new course for both Europe and the Middle East, writes Faisal Al Yafai
Development Policy 24-10-2018

EU is as comfortable as China with the African thugs and dictators

The EU has long frowned at China’s action in Africa for not requiring respect for human rights as a condition for aid and thus promoting a Chinese-inspired authoritarian Africa. But in recent years the EU is not better, writes Fabian Wagner.
Global Europe 16-07-2018

Turkey and the migration crisis: a positive example for the Transatlantic community

Supposedly illiberal Turkey has set a powerful and positive example for upholding one of the most central of humanitarian values: providing shelter, opportunity, and hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, writes Matthew Bryza.

New German Grand Coalition: perspectives for European defence and security

Onto her fourth term and with no electoral concerns ahead of her, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has the chance to craft EU history further, notably so if she starts forging ahead on common defence and security, writes Alessandra Pozzi Rocco.
Future EU 10-01-2018

‘Last chance’: Juncker has only 2018 to deliver the goods

This is the year when Jean-Claude Juncker's ‘Last Chance’ Commission must chalk up worthwhile achievements and shake off the sense of inertia that already risks turning into full retreat, argue Giles Merritt and Shada Islam.
Energy 22-11-2017

Next German government must not fight for right to pollute

The next German government must embrace EU protections rather than fight for the right to pollute, insists Christian Schaible.
Energy 22-11-2017

An agenda for Germany’s ecological modernisation

No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann. Based  on exploratory coalition talks, he explains how such an agenda could look like.
Elections 18-10-2017

As obstacles to ‘Jamaica’ keep mounting, Europe needs patience with Berlin

For three weeks, Germany’s politics have been frozen while we awaited the result of regional elections in the northwestern Bundesland Lower-Saxony over the weekend. Angela Merkel may now be wishing politics would remain frozen, writes Olaf Boehnke.
Climate change 28-09-2017

Europe’s two-faced climate change game

EU member states risk undermining the diminishing confidence Europeans have in the Union by playing a two-faced game on climate change, warns Wendel Trio.
Economy & Jobs 25-09-2017

The time is right for a stronger monetary union – with everyone on board

French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Tuesday (26 September) outlining his pitch to reform the European Monetary Union. But he has to prioritise his wishlist in order to make the most of member state support, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Electricity 21-09-2017

Is German climate leadership being sacrificed on the altar of coal?

The pre-election politicking currently going on in Germany should ring alarm bells among climate policy advocates, warns Julian Schwartzkopff. If Angela Merkel does not take personal ownership of securing a climate-compatible coal phase-out, she could jeopardise her legacy as “climate chancellor”, he writes.
Future EU 31-07-2017

Tangible results for citizens must be EU’s focus

Rising Euroscepticism is a key challenge for the EU. Long-term treaty change should be discussed but European leaders should focus on delivering benefits to their citizens here and now, writes Alexander Bürgin.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2017

German export surplus: Less is more

A reduction of Germany's trade surplus is in the long-term self-interest of the country itself, writes Thieß Petersen.
G20 30-06-2017

Merkel vs. Trump at Hamburg G20

As world leaders prepare to descend on Hamburg next week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to gain sufficient support to isolate US President Donald Trump on trade and climate change, writes Fraser Cameron.
Europe's East 28-06-2017

A quiet Ukrainian success for the EU

The EU may have its hands full with Donald Trump and Brexit. But quietly, modestly, things are starting to go right in Ukraine, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Politics 07-06-2017

Thanks, Trump, for forcing Europe to rethink its own security

It’s time to look on the bright side of Donald Trump’s presidency, with Europeans being forced to reconsider policy assumptions that have gone unchallenged for far too long, writes Giles Merritt.
Elections 12-05-2017

Albania: How not to lose an election? Refuse to take part…

All eyes are on elections in Britain, France and soon Germany but quite the most bizarre election seen in Europe since the end of communism is due to take ten days after the British poll next month, writes Denis MacShane.
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