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The European Parliament Does More than You Think

European voters are in the habit of treating the European Parliament elections every five years as inconsequential protest votes based on national issues not related to the EU. But if they vote for the far right, it will have major economic, environmental, and geopolitical consequences.

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Dave Keating
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The Bundeswehr Returns to the Indo-Pacific

Germany’s navy and air force are planning to beef up their participation in various military exercises halfway around the world in 2024. This speaks of a clearer strategy vis-à-vis China and the region.

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Helena Legarda
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Indo-Pacific Watch
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Germany Needs to Recover Its European Spirit

The government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz set out to define its foreign and security policy in “the European interest,” but has regularly failed to do so. It should change course now.

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Jana Puglierin
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France’s Pivot to Europe

The European Union seems disoriented in 2024. The German chancellor is turning to Washington when leadership is needed. That leaves French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Jacob Ross
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Berlin Cable

Trouble at the Top

It’s not much of a secret that Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz are very different characters. Their deepening rift is damaging the Franco-German relationship—and Europe.

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Henning Hoff
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The Center Holds, But at What Cost?

European politics is braced for a potential right-wing surge at the 2024 European Parliament elections. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) may face tricky decisions.

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Raphael Bossong
Nicolai von Ondarza
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The European Union’s Hungary Problem

The Orbán government’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union has sparked criticism. More important, however, is the question of how the EU deals with a member state that breaks away from the principles of the rule of law.

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Thu Nguyen
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Europe’s Impossible Middle East Mission

The EU has despatched a maritime mission to the Red Sea, in defense of maritime security and the freedom of navigation. Whether or not the root cause—Israel’s war in Gaza—is brought to an end will determine success or failure.

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Nathalie Tocci
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Quarterly Concerns
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A Connected Europe in the Digital World

The EU needs more than rules to forge a successful technological future. Its digital policy will serve the bloc better if it stays open and consciously linked to the rest of the world.

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Rebecca Christie
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Brussels Briefing
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The New Quantum Technology Race

With China and Russia collaborating on quantum technologies, the international race for superiority in this field is heating up. And Europe is well positioned to keep the pace.

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Valentin Weber
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The Wider View
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The EU’s Quest for Critical Raw Materials Raises Familiar Questions

Brussels has signaled that securing critical raw materials for the green transition is a top priority. But it faces major challenges in its competition with China, of which the biggest is how to convince companies to prioritize geopolitics over the market.

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Jacob Mardell
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Europe’s Geostrategic Awakening

Decades of US protection created a false sense of normative superiority in the EU. It also made Europe lose much of its strategic instincts while facing deep-seated systemic deficiencies. Overcoming those will be the key task for 2024 and beyond.

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Romana Vlahutin
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British Geostrategy and the Defense of Europe

The United Kingdom has not become “unpredictable” or “undependable” as a consequence of Brexit. Rather, its grand strategy suggests a blueprint for containing Russia’s aggression and increasing Europe’s security.

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James Rogers
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Deutschland 2030

Germany Needs Real Change. The Key? Climate Policy

The German economy is already paying the price for having put the green energy transition on the backburner. To win the future, it needs four “Ds”: Decarbonization, digitalization, decentralization, and democratization.

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Claudia Kemfert
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Deutschland 2030
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Germany Needs a New Growth Model

Berlin should fundamentally reset its growth strategy instead of clinging to a model of industrial export corporatism that is flatlining.

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Sander Tordoir
Shahin Vallée
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Deutschland 2030
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The German Business Model of 2030

By building on its many strengths and addressing its current weaknesses, Germany is entering the decarbonized age at speed.

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Jörg Kukies
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Deutschland 2030
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