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Lessons of the American election for Europe and the world

Despite years of disastrous economic policy, and an even more catastrophic handling of the Covid-19 crisis, US President Donald Trump received substantially more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. His blustering in the name of America was seen as standing up for the country by these voters – and they will not go […]

The democratic process is playing out in the US. But the real work is only beginning

For months, elections experts in the United States have been warning that the country would be unlikely to know who the winner is on election night. The unprecedented vote by mail and early voting across the country caused by the pandemic has created new reporting patterns, changing the way that the country hears the results. […]

EU and the Western Balkans: more than goodwill to speed up enlargement

The Communication on EU-enlargement policy presented by the European Commission on 6 October is encouraging for the countries of the Western Balkans. Together with the EC’s Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans and the Covid-19 recovery plan, it shows a great deal of goodwill. The country reports consist of concrete analyses based on […]

The rule of law stalemate

The seven-year financial framework and the recovery budget of the European Union have been taken hostage by a bitter dispute over the rule of law. The European Parliament (EP) asserts itself as a guardian of EU values, imposing its requirements at last on the spending machinery of the Union. The declaration by the four leaders […]

For a European Semester that addresses inequalities

Against the backdrop of the major EU recovery plan that was decided in July, the European Semester will play a key role in the implementation of the national recovery plans, that are to be submitted by mid-October. The reform of the Semester process was already in the pipeline, but it now becomes essential to raise […]

“Strategic Autonomy”, a new European concept

The last European Council raised “strategic autonomy” to the level of a central concept for a new phase of the European project. The implications will be multiple not only for external, but also for internal policies. The Covid-19 crisis has exposed multiple weaknesses of European integration: failures in supply chains in vital products, public health […]

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