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Sophisticated tools – weak principles

By Philippe Fargues / 25 September, 2020

With its ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’, the European Commission has taken on one of the most divisive and controversial issues within the bloc. And one that puts its own human rights record most prominently on the spot. The outcome are elaborate proposals, heavy on procedure but weak on...

What should be done about the United Nations?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 21 September, 2020

The global health, climate and economic crises have led to a deterioration of the world order as we knew it. The gap between current global challenges and global governance is widening and weakening the multilateral system. A new, fair and inclusive multilateralism for the 21st century must be invented, write...

A too Teutonic talk

By László Andor / 17 September, 2020

As we learned from the great British historian Eric Hobsbawm, tradition is something that is invented. The tradition of State of the Union (SOTEU) speeches by the European Commission president was invented in 2010, in the wake of the great financial crisis. It has always provided a panorama of EU...

The EU and COVID-19: what we learned so far

By László Andor / 28 August, 2020

When life returns to the EU institutions and work restarts after the holiday season, it should be highlighted that the summer was not wasted. The European Council adopted critical, innovative and to some extent revolutionary decisions to create an effective fiscal capacity against the recession that has been triggered by...

A new algorithm for European solidarity

By Maria João Rodrigues / 23 July, 2020

It took a shocking world tragedy. It took the deepest recession since WWII. It took the prospect of a downward spiral destroying many viable companies and jobs, fragmenting the European Single Market, and shaking the foundations of the European integration. At the dawn of 21st July, after the second longest...

Driving Europe to a new era

By László Andor / 10 July, 2020

On the 1st of July, Germany took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. For some, and especially for the readers of the late sociologist Ulrich Beck (author of “German Europe”), who may assume that Germany is in charge in the EU no matter what, the significance of this might be...

With the groan of a man, George Floyd, humanity shivers with racism, so does Europe

By Cécile Kashetu Kyenge / 29 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has prompted Europe to question its own racism, even if it does not always seem that easy. Racism needs to be understood as an ideology that puts one human group over one or more other groups, with abusive behaviour as a logical consequence. But it...

Rethinking economic reconstruction in Europe

By Lukas Hochscheidt / 23 June, 2020

Only a true paradigm shift can make Europe’s economies crisis-proof and address increasing wealth gaps. The European Union needs to turn away from restrictive fiscal rules, and expand its own resources as well as public investment. The famous board game Monopoly teaches children from the earliest age the driving principles...

Black Lives Matter: a new moment for transformation

By Neera Tanden / 18 June, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has propelled the largest sustained protest movement in the history of the United States. It was the final straw in bringing about widespread, focused, and multiracial opposition after years and years of endemic police brutality, systemic racism, and divisive politics. The sheer scale of it,...

An historical breakthrough for the European Union?

By Maria João Rodrigues / 30 May, 2020

All crucial moments in the history of European integration have been like this: a deep crisis, a risk of collapse, a new collective solution. Will it be like this this time around? When the current legislature began, the European Union already had challenges enough: big power games on the global...

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