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Pedro Sánchez, the dam that contains the European right’s taste for the extreme right

The pre-23 July picture was bleak. At a time when Europe swings towards the extreme right – either because the extreme right gains access to member states’ governments or because the right wing relies on them to govern – the fear that the result of the Spanish elections would consolidate this trend and inevitably reshape […]

Elections in Finland: from Sanna Marin to conservative austerity

Parliamentary elections in Finland tend to be nerve-wracking. Like last time, this time the top three parties also ended up within one percentage point of each other. Four years ago, the difference in seats between the first and the third party was two. This time, the very similar vote share was divided differently between the […]

Why would a Ukrainian victory be essential for Social Democracy?

One year has passed since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. On the morning of 24 February 2022, we woke up to a new reality that definitively ended the post-Cold War status quo. Russia, theoretically possessing the second most powerful army in the world, violated international law and began bombing military and […]

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, […]

The better part of valour: peace for Ukraine

Not discretion, but clarity is the better part of valour. Ukraine has courageously resisted the imperialist assault on its sovereignty by Russia, whose most important war aim is to reach back to Peter the Great. Russia wants access to warm-water ports, and buffers against invasion to its West and North. Whatever the successes of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, these aims have all been tainted in one way or another.

A new direction for a more European NATO

When, back in 2021, as the Foreign Minister of Spain, I approached NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg about Spain hosting the 2022 Summit, I could not anticipate the very specific circumstances that the alliance faces today. I could not have imagined how decisive the Madrid summit would be for peace and stability in Europe.

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