Angela Merkel’s triumph in brokering an EU covid-19 recovery package could mark the resurgence of a shared political dream
Timothy Garton Ash
Liberal democracies must learn the lessons of the past by thinking long-term, applying a strong moral code – and avoiding hubris
The coronavirus crisis could lead us to the best of times. It could lead us to the worst of times.
One member state has become a dictatorship as others spiral into debt. Germany must lead the European Union through the coronavirus crisis
The key to European power projection isn’t institutional reform, it’s a shift in attitude and a willingness to cooperate.
Leaders across Europe might want to get Brexit over the line. But in the long term the EU would be weaker without the UK.
This appeasement has to stop. If Hungary’s anti-liberal, nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, persists in his attempts to close down the country’s best and most independent university, and continues to erode liberal democracy in many other ways, then the EU’s powerful grouping of centre-right parties must expel Orbán’s party from its ranks.
The US is the latest country to be seduced by nationalists. Liberals should brace themselves for a long struggle
A defining figure of late twentieth century Europe, Václav Havel, has died. Among his many roles he was an ECFR Council Member, and is being mourned by those who knew, respected and – sometimes – argued with him.
Cultural diversity has been a constant feature of European history, and the source of many of our greatest achievement. We propose 17 principles to help policy-makers, leaders and activists ensure that Europe benefits from migration rather than fears it.