The EU’s tilt toward centralization
The European Commission has proposed creating a European Ministry of Economy and Finance, and transforming the European Stabilization Mechanism into the European Monetary Fund, controlled by Brussels. These steps toward economic centralization are dangerous for Europe’s competitiveness. What it needs is diversity and regional competition.
Germany’s hollow political establishment pays the price
Germany's voters have spoken by turning their backs on the ruling coalition. As Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to hold the CDU/CSU together and piece together a new government, some interesting possibilities might emerge.
Germany votes: another four years of Merkel – but which Merkel?
Angela Merkel looks nearly certain to win another term as chancellor of Germany in September. The big question is what her next moves will be. Much of that will depend on her coalition partners in government, but one thing is sure: she will continue to be flexible and outsmart her opponents. She will also begin to shore up her legacy: making Germany relevant again, as a reliable, rational, and stable nation.
All eyes on France, but local German elections were also crucial for the EU
Emmanuel Macron’s proposals to centralize debt and financial functions in the European Union could, if implemented, put the bloc on a slow path toward disintegration. However, election results in Schleswig-Holstein have confirmed that fiscally sound policies have solid support in Germany. If the CDU and FDP can again form a coalition after the country’s September elections, Berlin will be in a strong position to continue to resist moves toward centralization. That will be good news for the EU.
Opinion: Why Germany ‘Kant’ be the UK’s perfect Brexit ally
The United Kingdom’s chances for an amicable divorce from the European Union depend above all on reaching an understanding with Germany. But in the Brexit negotiations, German interests will clash with German scruples. The latter may very well prevail.
Central Europe is headed for turbulence, not Putinization
Recent political developments in Hungary and Poland have been interpreted as portending a reversal of westernization. If history is any guide, this perception is wrong. It is true that the region appears headed for institutional turbulence that could foster growing political and economic volatility. But a more serious upheaval is virtually precluded by the region’s...
Eurozone’s road to political union looks like a mirage
It is commonly argued that at its heart, the European Union’s Economic and Monetary Union is a political project. Many therefore claim that its difficulties stem from a lack of political union, since EU officials have offered no coherent view on how to achieve one. Paris and Berlin both have ideas, but they ignore the fact that giving greater powers to Brussels is ...
Eurosceptics could make their mark in European elections
Elections for the European Parliament in May 2014 are likely to see a record number of eurosceptic or populist parties from both ends of the political spectrum. This will mean no clear majority for a centre-right / liberal or a centre-left / Green coalition so what impact will this have on the parliament’s work? <i>...