Spring 2024 Issue: Europe’s Vote, Europe’s Future

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Members of the EU Parliament vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Starsbourg, France June 13, 2023.
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IPQ 2/2024

The 15th issue of INTERNATIONALE POLITIK QUARTERLY focuses on the European Parliament elections and the European Union's future.

Editorial

What Europe Thinks ...

Cover Section

Raphael Bossong
Nicolai von Ondarza

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.
Jana Puglierin

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.
Jacob Ross

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.

Berlin Cable

Henning Hoff

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.

Pariscope

Carbon Critical

Brussels Briefing

Rebecca Christie

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.

Indo-Pacific Watch

Helena Legarda

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.

The Wider View

Valentin Weber

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.

Quarterly Concerns

Nathalie Tocci

Europe’s Impossible Middle East Mission

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