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Keep Neutral and Carry On: The European Union’s Continuing Search for a China Policy

The June 22 EU-China Summit ended without a joint statement. Although both sides stressed the importance of cooperation, the EU is clearly dissatisfied with the state of bilateral relations. The …

Is Germany Trolling Trump?

On May 29, 2020, Germany unveiled its motto for the country’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union, which will begin on July 1 and last through the …

Episode 28: From Frugality to Stimulus: Responses to the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging all aspects of modern society.  Public health systems are grappling with a disease that has spread faster than anything in a century.  Workplaces have lain …

Episode 27: EU-U.S. Relations: Messy but Valuable

The European Union is one of the world’s most important but least understood international bodies.  It is simultaneously many things: a collection of institutions, including an executive administration (the European …

COVID-19: Challenge and Chance for Germany. How to Overcome Renationalization and Distrust

The Pandemic Hits the World In a Time of Renationalization and Distrust The global corona pandemic has hit the world economy severely; lockdowns in almost all countries have interrupted and …

How Will the EU Survive the Coronavirus?

What will be the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Europe?  How will the pandemic change the trajectory of European development? One way to answer these questions is to ask …

Beyond Pandemic: China, 17+1, and the Influence Competition in the CEE Region

Ever since the inception of the China-CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries) Initiative in 2012, officials and politicians in many Western European countries as well as the European Union have …

The Franco-German Motor Revs Up

At a joint videoconference on May 18, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron proposed a €500 billion Recovery Fund to help EU member states rebound from the …

Weighing European Integration against Democracy? The German Constitutional Court’s Decision on ECB Operations

The German Constitutional Court may have dealt a major blow to European integration when it recently ruled that the federal government and the German parliament had violated the rights of …

The Franco-German Motor Turns 70

“World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” That is the first sentence of the Schuman Declaration, which 70 years …

COVID-19 and Trade: Not the End of Globalization but Changes in Value Chains to be Expected

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is massive. In Germany and Europe, but also worldwide, a large number of companies had to shut down production. Most shops and cultural …

From CARE Packages to Coronabonds: Will the EU Step Up?

The third coronavirus rescue package agreed last week by the U.S. Congress has a name that echoes: the CARES Act. Short for “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security,” it recalls …

Merkel Addresses German Public on Coronavirus: Will Her Efforts to Steel Domestic Solidarity Pave the Way for Ambitious German Actions?

Chancellor Merkel spoke directly to the German public in prime time on March 18, the first time she has delivered such an emergency address during her fourteen-plus years as chancellor. …

Will the EU’s Climate Law Turn Europe Green?

In a few weeks, the European Union will unveil the long awaited European Climate Law, designed to “set the direction of travel for EU climate action, give predictability for investors …