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Parliament Must Complete France’s Ballot Box Revolution

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The new Assemblée Nationale’s most important task is to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation. Only then can France’s transition from a presidential to a parliamentary democracy succeed and the far right be kept in check.

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Joseph de Weck
Shahin Vallée
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How Europe Should React to Shifts in US Ukraine Policy

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Most European governments have gradually expanded their support, but Ukraine’s ability to defend itself continues to depend significantly on the United States. What could happen after the US elections? 

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Dominik Tolksdorf
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A Solution to EU’s Chinese Greenfield Investments Conundrum

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In the debate about tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, greenfield investments are the elephant in the room. By imposing clauses and guardrails, the EU could turn them into an advantage.

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Francesca Ghiretti
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France, Germany, and the Nature of Europe

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The Franco-German relationship remains irreplaceable for the EU. But it urgently needs to be renewed to include European goals.

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Jacob Ross
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Industrial Policy: A Franco-German Consensus

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To ensure the most effective industrial policy in the EU, Paris and Berlin should push for policies that build on their strengths and help Europe leap forward instead of always chasing the United States and China.

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Ludovic Subran
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Germany’s Toxic Far Right

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Scandals have only dented, but not eroded support for Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland. In September, the party could come close to political power at the regional level. The case for banning it is getting stronger.

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Henning Hoff
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Pariscope

Macron’s Waterloo?

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For France, the French president’s snap elections gamble is risky. From a European perspective, running that risk now is irresponsible.

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Joseph de Weck
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Carbon Critical

“Don’t Buy Greenland, Buy Its Minerals”

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In the green resource race, the United States and the EU should look to the big island in the North Atlantic and forge a common approach, providing expertise and facilitating the needed investments.

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Emily Hardy
Dan Helmeci
Katrine Westgaard
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What Europe Thinks ...

What the French Think … About the Germans and Vice Versa

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A number of recent surveys support the view that the French and the Germans are drifting apart. Strong cross-border initiatives in the fields of education, public media, culture, and tourism remain potent counterweights.

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François Hublet
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Brussels Briefing

France and Germany: Missing in Action

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Paris and Berlin are sidelined as voters seek change and security at the same time. Brussels will have to step in.

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Rebecca Christie
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Agitated Times: On the Importance of Emotions in Foreign Policy

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Whether in addressing voters or assessing foreign policy crises, those who take into account emotional factors can have an advantage. Making the case for more “emotional resonance” and “strategic empathy” in international politics.

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Clara Bredenbrock
Nora Müller
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How Franco-German Cultural Relations Have Waned

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While the people of France and Germany have a largely positive image of the other country, that does not mean that they know or feel a particular empathy for each other.

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Claire Demesmay
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The Case for a “Helsinki 2.0”

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The world is turning polycentric and pluralistic, with competing ideas about order. Re-establishing the principle of universalism without interference, the basis of the 1975 Helsinki Accords, offers a way forward. 

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Marc Saxer
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Op-Ed: Is the FDP Driving Germany to Foreign Policy Suicide?

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Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner wants to make sweeping cuts to the budgets for foreign affairs and development. That would have a hugely detrimental effect on Germany’s influence in the world.

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Philipp Rotmann
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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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Navigating EU Accession

Ukraine has made good progress meeting the EU’s accession criteria and implementing laws. However, the ongoing war makes this process all the harder.

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Oleksandra Bulana
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How to Help Build Peace in Sudan

EU policymakers must support Sudanese civil society—particularly women activists—while simultaneously cutting off weapons supplies to militias and exerting diplomatic pressure on China and the UAE to prevent a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

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Mark Fathi Massoud
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France’s Olympic Chance

French glamour and pride will be showcased when Paris hosts the Olympic Games this summer—while exposing endemic faults that urgently need fixing.

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Nabila Ramdani
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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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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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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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