OPINIONS

March 3, 2017

The European Union has a unique set of foreign and security policy tools, including development, trade, and military elements. In theory, this toolbox allows for a comprehensive approach to conflict prevention and resolution as well as sustainable post-conflict stabilization. But the EU has not been very good at employing this toolbox coherently. This is...

January 27, 2017

Europeans must urgently draw lessons from the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Dismissing people who are attracted to political extremes as racists, misogynists, chauvinists, or backward protectionists is dangerous, particularly as the Netherlands, France, and Germany go to the polls this year. Elites must stop grabbing on to the status quo for dear life....

December 20, 2016

It’s a familiar dance now. The news breaks. Social media goes crazy. Rumours circulate. Foul play is confirmed. Political leaders howl their indignation. We change our Facebook profile pictures. We are Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, Nice.

The right is quick to point out that the alleged perpetrator is an immigrant, the left rushes in to downplay that he is a Mus...

October 21, 2016

A recent conversation with a European defense industry representative quickly turned to the difficulty of defining common military requirements among EU countries and thus of developing common defense procurement programs. Many Brussels-bubble defense geeks, myself included, believed the global financial crisis would lead to more defense cooperation. We w...

June 29, 2016

The word “heartbroken” trended on my Facebook feed this Friday. The emotion with which Europeans, Brits included, reacted to the result of the British referendum was overwhelming. I too am profoundly heartbroken – I may have left it over a decade ago, but the UK remains my second home, in heart and mind. My British friends and family have contributed to b...

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