OPINIONS

Perhaps unknown to many, gender equality is embedded in the history of the EU from the very start as a founding value and policy, enshrined in the constitutive treaty of the European Economic Community. Article 119 of the 1957 Treaty of Rome established the principle of equal pay for equal work for both women and men. Although the aim of the article, at t...

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...

February 18, 2017

The question is not so much whether the crisis of the liberal order is exaggerated as whether policymakers realize that there is a crisis and what they do about it. In every crisis lies an opportunity.

The transatlantic partners and the West in general face many crises, internally as well as externally. The disruptive impact of the newly elected U.S. presi...

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...

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