EU parliament boycotts transparency check

14.04.14 @ 14:30

All EU institutions co-operated positively on an upcoming EU integrity study, with one striking exception – the EU parliament.


Hate speech, not Europe, tops agenda in French EU vote

14.04.14 @ 09:21

The European election is largely absent from the French public sphere, but the same cannot be said for hate speech. The only ones to profit from this electoral silence are extreme parties.

EU’s 2030 climate plans based on flawed analysis

09.04.14 @ 18:24

Unless the EU adopts a much higher target than the pitifully weak proposed 40 percent, the result will be a chain reaction of even weaker commitments from other countries.

Time to take Sino-EU relations to a new level

31.03.14 @ 09:14

Europe is welcoming President Xi to Brussels for free trade talks, while London and Frankfurt step up internal rivalry to become China’s financial beachhead in Europe.

Building a true partnership between Africa and Europe

11.04.14 @ 09:29

Both sides – Africa and Europe – want to work together but seemingly struggle at times to understand the concerns and actions of the other.

EU-Africa Summit: Time to end preconceptions?

01.04.14 @ 09:09

Europe needs to move away from paternalism and humanitarianism while African states must cease to wield Europe’s guilty past for leverage.

Denouncing myths on Nato and Ukraine

28.03.14 @ 18:33

At its September summit in Cardiff Nato should open its doors to Bosnia, Georgia, Macedonia and Montenegro, writes the Lithuanian foreign minister.

A 10-step plan to making the EU a strategic actor

31.03.14 @ 08:30

The European Union’s awkward efforts to shape events in Ukraine yield one undeniable lesson: the EU must learn to think and act strategically.

Banking union's major omission: debt mutualisation

28.03.14 @ 09:18

The EU's banking union may turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, instilling the idea that more banks will fail in the future, but without the necessary firepower to prevent it.

EU should press Obama on drone secrecy

26.03.14 @ 13:16

As EU officials and Obama knuckle down on Russia, the summit should not forget another issue: US drone killings, which claimed more than 2,500 lives since Obama took office.

Putin's calculations on Crimea

22.03.14 @ 20:48

Putin has miscalculated many parts of his Crimea plan, but he seems to have counted right on a weak reaction by Western powers.

Even Germany's intellectual elite is falling out of love with the EU

28.03.14 @ 16:51

In 2007, euroscepticism was a British issue. It isn't any more.

Questions for Saakashvili, questions for Georgia's EU future

27.03.14 @ 10:09

Georgia's former leader, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been advised not to answer prosecutor's questions in Tbilisi today in case the process causes a train wreck in EU relations.

Erdogan's 'Independence War' and Turkey's future

26.03.14 @ 11:15

Turkey will hold local elections at the weekend. A big win for the governing party is likely to embolden the increasingly autocratic prime minister.

Rule of law: EU 'mechanism' needs upgrade

19.03.14 @ 09:18

The EU commission’s much-awaited “rule of law mechanism” needs some improvements if it is to bring about real results.