European energy ministers will meet on October 17 to try and make progress on critical energy legislation. France and Germany are deeply skeptical about each other’s energy strategy. But finding a compromise is now urgently required to finally unlock the EU-wide energy transition.
Germany can and should do more to lead by example and convince future US administrations to remain committed to European defense.
The EU was built on openness to trade and finance, and not designed to cope with great power competition and the weaponization of interdependence. Now rapid change is needed.
A year ago, the short-lived premiership of Liz Truss was close to its sorry end. The British Conservative government is trapped by it—and already preparing for opposition.
The announcement of the India-Middle East-Europe Corridor (IMEC) as well as the recent Germany-hosted summit with Central Asian states shows that the country is leaving behind its past hesitancy and starting to get involved in a changing world’s new geoeconomics.
Before the question of how to enlarge the European Union comes the question: What kind of EU are we enlarging?
The current security situation in Europe has brought enlargement back on the agenda. This should also provide the catalyst for EU reform.
Since the start of Russia’s full-scale war, Poland has been one of the strongest advocates of integrating Ukraine into the EU. But is it ready to accept the various consequences of such a move?
Countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom have enshrined climate goals into national law. What happens if they miss them?
The process of EU enlargement and reform is starting in earnest. The Europeans need to seize the opportunity to make the European Union fit for the 21st century.
The European Union says it sees China as a partner, a competitor, and a systemic rival. Europe’s priority now should be ensuring that Beijing does not become an enemy.
The enlargement and reform debate has started, and some progress should be possible before the European elections in June 2024, says Anna Lührmann, minister for Europe in the German Foreign Office.