Analysis


    • EU strategic autonomy requires a strong euro

      EU strategic autonomy requires a strong euro

      The EU’s recent proposals to strengthen its economic sovereignty and the international role of the euro are a step in the right direction but must be followed up by concerted action from member states to expand the eurozone economy as a whole, and its trading reach. Without greater international use of the euro, the Union’s strategic autonomy will be considerably limited.

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    • My visit to Moscow and the future of EU-Russia relations

      My visit to Moscow and the future of EU-Russia relations

      I went to Moscow this week to test, through principled diplomacy, whether the Russian government was interested in addressing differences and reversing the negative trend in our relations. The reaction I received points visibly in a different direction. So, as EU we will have to reflect on the broader implications and chart a way forward. We are at a crossroads. The main parameters of the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century are being drawn. 

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    • After Brexit, how can the EU and UK best cooperate on foreign policy?

      After Brexit, how can the EU and UK best cooperate on foreign policy?

      On 1 January 2021, Brexit took full effect, with the UK becoming a ‘third country’. While the public debate has focused on the economic fallout, we also need to decide how the EU and the UK can cooperate on foreign and security policy. On 25 January, EU Foreign Ministers discussed the issue, giving their guidance, with EU unity and interests as the central thread.

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    • Today is an opportunity to rejuvenate our transatlantic relationship

      Today is an opportunity to rejuvenate our transatlantic relationship

      In front of the White House, in the four corners of Lafayette Square, stand statues of European heroes of the US Revolutionary War: French generals Lafayette and Rochambeau, Polish general Kosciuszko and German general von Steuben. They, and many other Europeans, spared no effort and spilled their blood to help build freedom and democracy in America.

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    • Trapped in deadly hazard over bitcoin safe heaven

      Trapped in deadly hazard over bitcoin safe heaven

      The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life as we knew it. It has changed values, economies, freedom, etc. Almost all industries suffered from the severe slowdown, caused by the pandemic. Almost, but not all. Sectors linked to the crypto industry enjoyed robust growth. Of course, the crypto economy always means crypto currency.

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    • Erasmus: A missed opportunity

      Erasmus: A missed opportunity

      In finalising its treaty with the EU, to the dismay of many, PM Boris Johnson has confirmed his last minute negative decision to no longer participate in the EU`s Erasmus programme. This comes as a severe blow to young people and to present and future students and teaching staff throughout our education and training sector. The many friends and partners abroad will be as perplexed as I am as to the reasoning behind this negative decision, whatever their views on the Brexit saga may be.

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    • Events in Washington must be wake-up call for all democracy advocates

      Events in Washington must be wake-up call for all democracy advocates

      I was shocked, as all democracy advocates and friends of the United States worldwide, by the scenes we witnessed in Washington: a mob assaulting the Capitol Hill to prevent the vote to confirm Joe Biden as President of the country. It had a particular echo for me because I had to remember how, forty years ago, the young Spanish democracy had been threatened by an assault of the Congress of Deputies by a group of military police.

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