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Sun, May 10, 2020

Here’s why the EU project, age 70, must win the pandemic test

On this week’s 70th anniversary of the European Union’s beginnings with the Schuman Declaration, the project that was launched to end centuries of war is in an existential struggle with a pathogen that knows no borders. It’s however not too late for the EU to demonstrate its resilience and relevance at this time of crisis. On this 70th anniversary, it’s also worth remembering the common global and transatlantic interest in European stability and success.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Coronavirus European Union

Sat, May 9, 2020

Time for Europe to stop fighting over World War II

As the world marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Second World War, the conflict continues to loom large in the global imagination but there is no consensus about the conflict in Europe, creating challenges for the future of European integration.

UkraineAlert by Nataliya Popovych and Volodymyr Sheiko

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Fri, May 8, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis and US and EU emissions in the new decade: Opportunities for a clean energy recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sudden decline in global electricity demand of up to 20-25 percent in some countries, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects global electricity demand for 2020 will fall by 5-10 percent, contributing to an 8 percent overall drop in energy sector CO2 emissions. This piece updates evaluates the performance of the US and EU power sectors in 2019 within the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr.

Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Thu, May 7, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights the need to diversify risk sharing in Europe

Capital markets have been one of Europe’s policy ‘slow-burn’ issues. The coronavirus crisis rearing its ugly head over Europe, along with Brussels’ slow coming together in formulating a shared rescue package, have reignited the need to balance public and private risk sharing and to diversify funding for European businesses.

New Atlanticist by Sona Muzikarova

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, May 6, 2020

German court decision complicates ECB coronavirus efforts

“This is time for solidarity and boldness in the European response to this unprecedented crisis. Unfortunately, the [German] Court's decision endangers the ability of the Bundesbank to participate in the ECB's program in the long run. Besides, it undermines the authority of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and could provide a worrying precedent for states asserting their sovereignty with illiberal measures against the rule of law in Europe,” Benjamin Haddad says.

New Atlanticist by Ole Moehr

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, May 4, 2020

A serious but flawed look at peace in the Donbas

The conflict in the Donbas cannot be solved by Ukraine and Russia alone, but the West must not unconditionally accept a "Russian consensus" to achieve it.

UkraineAlert by John E. Herbst

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Mon, May 4, 2020

Critical ruling for European Central Bank to turn spotlight back to policymakers

So far, the ECB has committed to asset purchases roughly in accordance with each member state’s contribution to the European economy. This has led to market speculation that suggests the German court will add that as a restriction on the Bundesbank’s participation, though there is no precedent for such a restriction in prior rulings.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Pandemic response should not equal isolationism, Swedish FM argues

International cooperation will be crucial not only to “fight the pandemic” of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but also “to get us back on track afterwards,” Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde said on April 29. She stressed that while leaders remain focused on containing outbreaks in their own countries, they must avoid the temptation to shun the benefits international trade and cooperation can bring as a much-needed economic recovery begins.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Financial markets pressure likely to force additional European action soon

Markets are likely to test the resolve of policymakers to preserve the monetary union in the upcoming months, and the risk of a series of funding shocks remains elevated.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Sun, Apr 26, 2020

How does the G20 COVID-19 fiscal response compare to the Global Financial Crisis?

How does the G20 COVID-19 fiscal response compare to the Global Financial Crisis?


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