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Mon, Jul 6, 2020

European strategic autonomy and its future trade policy

Eventual EU efforts to redirect supply chains can ­­affect many business sectors, even those unrelated to traditional security affairs. The geographical location of EU zones of influence may dictate where future supply chains to Europe will run. “Strategic autonomy” is now as important economically as it is politically or militarily.

New Atlanticist by Dr. Elmar Hellendoorn

China European Union

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Top European digital official: US and EU must make better use of their shared values and history

Europe’s powerful competition and digital chief Margrethe Vestager is calling for better relations between the United States and the European Union, at a time when economic chaos triggered by the worsening coronavirus pandemic threatens recovery on both sides of the Atlantic.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Digital Policy Economy & Business
Breton- on digital sovereignty

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

The European Union and the search for digital sovereignty: Building “Fortress Europe” or preparing for a new world?

When the new European Commission took office under President Ursula von der Leyen, enhancing digital capabilities across the European Union immediately emerged as a top priority. Even in her first statement before being confirmed as European Commission president, von der Leyen called for Europe to achieve “technological sovereignty in some critical technology areas.” Despite the […]

Issue Brief by Frances Burwell, Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Here’s how a Kosovo-Serbia White House summit could produce progress

We don’t really know what the goal of the talks is. Most assume that anything short of a final status deal would be a failure, but that could be shortsighted: a smaller win may be possible, and could be significant.

New Atlanticist by Damir Marusic

Politics & Diplomacy The Balkans

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Why a Kosovo-Serbia White House deal could be dangerous

While the Trump administration and the EU have both flirted with the idea of territorial exchanges at times over the past three years, experts on both sides of the Atlantic fear the precedent such an agreement would set in a region where nationalists regularly demand secession or union with ethnic brethren. Even if Pandora’s box could be closed, the implementation of such an agreement would almost certainly result in de facto ethnic cleansing, heightened tensions, and the potential for renewed violence.

New Atlanticist by Molly Montgomery

Politics & Diplomacy The Balkans

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Don’t count on a White House Kosovo-Serbia breakthrough

Setting expectations high would be ill-advised. For one, Vučić has no incentive to rush with recognizing Kosovo. Prishtina, meanwhile, will view the removal of tariffs on Serbia as having done its share, and will seek concessions. Europeans and Americans should be working side by side, pooling their leverage to move forward normalization. But sadly, this is less and less the case recently.

New Atlanticist by Dimitar Bechev

Politics & Diplomacy The Balkans

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

The EU is a more powerful partner on China than the US might think

Across a wide range of disciplines, the EU’s technocratic institutions repeatedly serve a force-multiplier for US priorities and can help forge the common transatlantic policies necessary to protect US and EU economic and security interests in the face of a more assertive China.

New Atlanticist by Julia Friedlander

China Economy & Business

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

European Leadership and the Corona Crisis: Geopolitical Effects on Northern Europe

On June 15, 2020, the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Nordic Office, organized a seminar on the topic of ”European Leadership and the Corona Crisis: Geopolitical Effects on Northern Europe”. The public seminar was attended by experts from all around Europe, representing parliaments, governmental institutions, political parties, think-tanks and […]

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Coronavirus Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

In Central Europe, a nationalist bullet dodged

Many in the region expected the 100th anniversary of Trianon to be a blow up. It could be yet. But around the actual anniversary, it was a dog that did not bark: the significance was in what wasn’t said, in nationalist pandering avoided and confrontation dodged, and positive gestures recognized.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Central Europe Hungary

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Data flows across the Channel: The emerging UK-EU digital trade relationship

If the United Kingdom can navigate a way forward on data transfers with both its ex-masters in Brussels and its ally in Washington, its success might ultimately yield benefits beyond these two bilateral trade contexts.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union