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  • Research

    Closing the Gap Between Citizen Participation and Mainstream Politics

    Over the last several years, citizens in Europe have been randomly selected to participate in specific policy debates. But to make an impact, selection-based participation needs to be more integrated into mainstream democratic politics.

  • Research

    Sketching a Feminist EU Response to the Revolt in Iran

    Iranians from all walks of life are revolting against a regime built on the oppression of women and systematic violations of human rights. The EU should support civil society to help lay the foundation for a future that provides equality, life, and freedom for women and all Iranians.

  • Research

    Global Civil Society in a Geopolitical Age: How Great Power Competition Is Reshaping Civic Activism

    Civil society actors around the world are grappling with competition between values systems. Rising geopolitical tensions affect international civil society and its role in this shifting global order.

  • Research

    A Paradigm Shift: EU-Russia Relations After the War in Ukraine

    • Stefan Meister
    • November 29, 2022

    The EU must build a new set of ambitious policies that treats Russia as a major threat to peace and stability in Europe, while continuing to engage with its people. A longer-term Russia strategy begins with a “Ukraine First” policy.

  • Research

    Hard Cash and Soft Power: When Chinese Firms Win EU Contracts

    Financed by the EU, the construction of the Pelješac Bridge in Croatia has been a resounding success for Chinese soft power. Policymakers in Brussels should implement changes to the union’s procurement policy to avoid supporting the ambitions of its economic competitor and systemic rival.

  • Research

    Democratic Innovations From Around the World: Lessons for the West

    Countries around the world are struggling to bridge the gap between citizens and political elites. Innovative practices outside the West, while far from ideal, should be considered in debates about democratic renewal in Europe.

  • Commentary

    Rishi Sunak is a Lot More Popular Than His Party. Does That Matter?

    Polls in the UK show a significant gap between the popularity of the Tories’ new leader, Rishi Sunak, and trust in the conservatives. To compete with Labour in the next election, the primer minister must overcome the voters’ deep contempt for his party.

  • Commentary

    Has the World Cup Changed Qatar?

    FIFA’s decision to give Qatar hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup brought criticism—and opportunities for change. With fans’ chants for the protection of human rights getting louder, will the country and FIFA answer with long-term reforms?

  • Commentary

    Can Rishi Sunak Unite the Tories?

    Former chancellor Rishi Sunak has become the new UK prime minister. If he manages to win respect from both the voters and the markets, Labour’s current advantage in the polls may come into question.

  • Commentary

    Could the EPC Hold Europe Together in the Face of Russian Threat?

    The European Political Community aims to draw EU’s neighbors into its orbit while leaving enough room to accelerate European integration. Doubts remain over the new platform’s ability to overcome the harsh political realities that sunk similar initiatives over the years.

  • Commentary

    The Three Events That Drove Truss’s Resignation

    The big question is whether British politics has experienced an aberration or a lasting change.

  • Commentary

    Will a New Leader Give the Tories a Chance at Winning the Next Election?

    It is very likely that the Tories will be kicked out of power at the next election. What is far from certain is whether Labour will win a big enough majority to last a full five-year parliament.

  • Commentary

    For Foreign Policy Innovation, Dare Look at Public Transport in Germany

    German’s nation-wide public transportation ticket in the summer of 2022 offered access to the entire country for just nine euros. The project, and its understanding of interdepartmental coordination and citizen engagement, might serve as a model for foreign policy innovation.

  • Research

    The EU and the Creative and Destructive Impact of Crises

    Crises have proven to be a necessary driver for the development of European integration, but they haven’t always led to a strengthened union. While the consequence of each challenge must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, the element of solidarity among EU member states is crucial.

  • Research

    Responding to Foreign Interference in the EU: Beware of Unintended Consequences

    • Lukas Harth, Florian Kriener, Jonas Wolff
    • October 12, 2022

    External interference in the West’s domestic affairs has prompted the European Parliament to consider tightening restrictions on foreign funding and individuals. The EU must tackle this challenge without eroding civic spaces or limiting support for civil society.

  • Commentary

    Democratic Quality of States is Diminishing

    • October 12, 2022
    • Civil Georgia

    The democratic quality of states, including those in the West, have been declining as of late. More effective diplomatic engagement and political support from the international community may help where governments enforce restrictions on civil society.

  • Research

    Kenya’s Watershed Election: Implications for EU Policy

    • Andrew Songa, Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw
    • October 06, 2022

    Kenya’s electoral process and democratic progress offer lessons for other countries in the Horn of Africa. However, further reforms are needed to strengthen the judiciary, enhance women’s political representation, and support civic spaces.

  • Commentary

    For Bulgaria, Borissov’s Comeback Is No Path to Stability

    Bulgaria's general election should have identified whether voters were willing tolerate state capture and corruption. The return of Boyko Borissov demonstrates the resilience of the status quo, which relies on a shaky coalition that includes kleptocrats, oligarchs, opportunists and far-right populists.

  • Commentary

    Erdogan’s Relationship With Putin is Part of His Game

    Turkey’s positioning as the antithesis of European values, as well as its relationship with Russia, should raise questions about Ankara’s presence in the proposed European Political Community. The EU must not abandon its own principles and convictions in the name of realpolitik.

  • Commentary

    How Significant is Labour’s Poll Surge?

    The contrast between the different polls predicting Labour versus Conservative electoral support is significant, making it difficult to determine how much of a chance the latter has of regaining ground. However, it is likely that the Tories will not recover enough to avoid defeat.


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