Europe's commitment to fighting global corruption will not be complete without doing more to stop the corruption that runs rampant in much of the world's tropical logging industry.
Europeans often like the American people more than they like American foreign policy and US presidents. But the Trump presidency could win favour among Europe’s growing swell of populists.
European policy-makers are increasingly talking about emulating Australia's offshore asylum system, but that system is morally bankrupt, prohibitively expensive and politically disastrous.
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It falls to the Europeans who were born around 1989 and grew up in a peaceful Europe to build a fresh new vision for the EU that transcends the ideological, educational and national cleavages of the past.
Europe must find what it has long been lacking: the moral fibre to take responsibility for its own defence, and willingness to firmly stand up for its values.
Column / Brexit Briefing
For at least a generation, British politicians have put economic growth at the front and centre of their manifestos. Not any more.
New German laws on deleting fake news risk accusations of censorship and further loss of trust in the establishment.
EU leaders must pay special attention to the concerns of its citizens if it is to thrive in a time of waning faith in the project.
Poland is entering a period of rule by PiS decree, with street protests, foreign pressure, and regime infighting left as the only hopes for rule of law writes Maciej Kisilowski.
Analysts have been keen to bundle together the election of Donald Trump in the US and the rise of right-wing populists in Europe. Pew research suggests this is premature.
Local authorities and NGOs have a wealth of experience and knowledge in migration and asylum issues. EU institutions should draw on these resources.
Hungarian authorities are allowing a network of political and paramilitary groups with links to the far-right Jobbik to flourish and develop close links with Russia and with counterparts in other countries.
China and the EU must be committed to deepen cultural understanding, foster mutual respect and willingness to work together.
Column / Rem@rk@ble
Contrary to received digital strategy wisdom, sometimes boring is better when it comes to leaders' communication.
Germany should not harbouring illusions of exceptionalism, but should craft its politics with foresight and in close contact with its European partners.
To solve the Syrian refugee crisis the EU will have to take a leadership role and work effectively with refugee and diaspora communities who can serve as agents of change.
With Trump in the White House, the West’s Russia policy might substantially change, while Europe’s eastern policy is more uncertain than ever.
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Column / Brexit Briefing
British PM Theresa May found herself in not so splendid isolation at Thursday's EU summit, where Brexit garnered 20 minutes of time from EU leaders, suggesting Britain is fast approaching European political sidelines.
If the Trump’s administration doesn't turn out to be perfectly benign, being ready is what will stand between Europe and a geopolitical disaster of proportions unseen since 1945.
Package agreed by EU leaders brings nothing new but "hints at promising developments" in future, say former EU foreign policy and Nato chief Javier Solana and EU expert Steven Blockmans.
The digital content directive is vital to promote competition, innovation and to modernise consumer rights.
The suspension of Greek debt relief measures was triggered by those among Greece's creditors who want it to fail, but they will lose their bets.
A Syrian refugee stuck in Athens writes an open letter to European leaders about his personal experience of EU migration policies.
Europe has the wealth to show moral leadership on migration, but its preoccupation with getting migrant numbers down could make matters worse.
The bloc needs a radical overhaul if it is to survive and thrive in the era of Trump, Putin, Farage and Johnson.
The EU is signing deals with rights-violating states who agree to take back migrants, which will aggravate poverty and conflict and undermine the bloc's strategic goals.
Column / Brexit Briefing
The week in Westminster and Brussels highlight the difficulty Theresa May faces in trying to keep control of the Brexit timetable.
With the French and German elections at risk of Kremlin interference, it's time for the EU to start treating Russian propaganda as a serious threat.
The proposed new Digital Content Directive could create uncertainty because of conflicts with the General Data Protection Regulation and undermine growth of one of Europe's fastest growing job-creating sectors.
The EU is spending hundreds of millions of euros to educate Syrian children in places such as Lebanon, but without proper auditing and benchmarks.
So-called EU Battlegroups need to be ready to go into action, not least so taxpayers know where their money is going.
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