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Can we have a political debate on the Economic Union we want?

After several postponements, the European Commission put forward an orientation for a reform of the EU economic governance framework on 9 November. Now, hopefully, a real political discussion can take off. Since the global financial crisis in 2007, the sovereign debt crisis, the migration and climate emergency and the emergence of the EU Green Deal, […]

Europe must project power without losing its soul

As fundamental pillars of the global order are shifting, the European Union is forced to adjust to a world driven by great power competition. In doing so, it must not lose track of its own existential purpose. Europe is faced with seismic changes in its regional and global surroundings. Following Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, […]

Contested multilateralism and the crisis of cooperation

The war in Ukraine spotlights all that is wrong with the current state of multilateralism, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has invaded another country. This bears testimony to an increasing disconnect and imbalance between global institutions and their outputs. And it shows a crisis of cooperation, raising questions about a […]

Reforming development finance to address crisis times

The climate emergency, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian war in Ukraine are illustrative of our new era of permanent multiple crises. Development finance frameworks and institutions are not fit to address such tumultuous times. They must adjust their modus operandi to be more reactive and impactful in the face of greater risks and uncertainty. […]

China in the global order: trade partner, competitor, or systemic alternative?

The People’s Republic of China has emerged as an actor in global politics that propagates its own path to development and clearly distinguishes itself from the West. China’s extremely successful catch-up development model has removed one of the dogmas of the development debate – that modernisation was to be equated with ‘Westernisation’. However, in light […]

For a new global deal

Attending a conference of the UN climate change negotiations is always an experience of cognitive dissonance. Sharm El Sheik, an Egyptian version of Las Vegas, purpose-built for cars and mass tourism, provides a stark illustration of the inherent contradiction plaguing the climate talks: changing everything while changing nothing. Our increasingly unstable economic, political and social […]

America’s 2022 midterms: Democrats and democracy defying expectations

On 8 November 2022, two years after Joe Biden was elected president of the United States, Americans cast their ballots in a highly consequential midterm election. Although the final results may take days or weeks to be known, the vaunted ‘red wave’ that most politicians, pundits and prognosticators had confidently predicted ended up being merely […]

The Danish elections: a victory with a bittersweet dilemma

The Danish Social Democrats received their best result in 20 years at the national elections on 1 November. Now the challenge is whether the government that is to be formed will strengthen the new progressive agenda of the Social Democrats or if it will weaken it. The general elections in Denmark on 1 November followed […]