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We Could Schaffen Das, But We Won’t

EU migration policy reform still stalled five years after peak of crisis The crisis that hit Europe in 2015 has never gone away. This summer, Germans reflected on the fifth …

Winning Over Europe

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi began his European tour this week, with planned stops in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France, and Germany. China wants to recalibrate its ties with Europe …

The U.S.-EU Tariff Deal: Refreshing, but Bland

As part of an effort to resolve a dispute about lobster exports, the United States and the European Union agreed last Friday to reduce tariffs on approximately $270 million of …

Judy Asks: What Is Europe’s Best Way Forward for Belarus?

Jeff Rathke responds: “Belarus is a dramatic reminder of the yearning for freedom and the importance of decades-old Euro-Atlantic principles in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris. …

The Coming of A Digital Iron Curtain? The EU’s March toward Digital Sovereignty

On August 6, President Trump issued dual executive orders banning the social media apps TikTok and WeChat in the U.S. in 45 days if they are not sold by their …

No More Data from Germany? European Court of Justice Invalidates the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On July 16, 2020, the “Grand Chamber” of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the …

EU Special Summit Agrees on Post-Pandemic Recovery Fund

After four days of intensive negotiations, the EU special summit has finally made a breakthrough: EU leaders agreed on a recovery fund to combat the economic consequences of the coronavirus …

EU Strategic Autonomy: Opening Up?

As the idea of “strategic autonomy” (de jure sovereignty) has migrated within the European Union from the foreign and defense policy realm to economics and trade it has picked up …

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 …