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Erdogan, Desperado and Constant Provocateur

Nothing seemed to stop Erdogan’s provocations on Europe’s eastern flank — until he met his match. The big losers are the Turkish people.

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Merkel vs. Bertolt Brecht: The Coronavirus and the Three Penny Opera

In her management of the Coronavirus crisis, Angela Merkel is making a big bet against the German playwright Bertolt Brecht and his “Three Penny Opera.”

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Coronavirus: What Does Merkel Know That Macron Doesn’t?

Angela Merkel is acting – though definitely not looking – like a flower power girl from California. Focused on consensus, not leadership, she believes in human goodness.

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Europe´s Sovereignty Fever

There are big questions about the viability of the EU in the era of IT dominating technological innovation as well as in an era dominated once again by geopolitics.

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2020: Europe’s Annus Horribilis?

Germany´s Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commission have to overcome five major challenges.

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The Balkans in the New Decade: Regional Opportunities Ahead

The Balkans’ most valuable regional asset lies in the young, progressive, educated population. It can become the catalyst for the transformation of the region.

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Thank God for France’s Sense of European Realism

French President Emmanuel Macron’s restrictive stance on EU membership for the Western Balkans injects a much-needed dose of realism into EU affairs.

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Germany: Political Helter-Skelter

The AfD’s Thuringia maneuver caught Germany’s right-of-center parties flat-footed. The odds of a leftist coalition at the federal level in 2021 are rising.

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The UK’s Post-Brexit Hangover

When the Tories’ partying is over, the UK will realize it has little choice but to coordinate with its EU neighbors.

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EU27: Towards a Club of Clubs

The post-Brexit EU may look ever more like the kind of EU many Britons had wanted it to be.

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