Viktor Orbán is using the coronavirus pandemic to turn Hungary into an authoritarian system, a move other European leaders could follow unless the EU and NATO intervene.
The EU will have to fundamentally change its ways if it wants to emerge stronger once the coronavirus pandemic is over.
The deadly coronavirus that has killed so many Europeans, especially in Italy and Spain, ought to jolt Europe out of its complacency. Don’t bet on it.
Knowing the strategic goals of Russian foreign policy, the EU must prepare for Russian disinformation being a long-term tool for contesting the order in Europe.
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the West’s lack of resilience and lack of cooperation just when both are most needed.
Greece’s borders are sealed off, Europe is becoming a fortress, and most EU countries are turning their backs on refugees; so much for Europe’s values and adherence to international law.
The next arms control agreement will have to include more actors and weapons platforms across multiple domains—as well as more effort from middle-sized powers to act where the so-called big ones won’t act anymore.
Instead of Europe becoming a serious foreign policy actor, Turkey and the war in Syria are weakening the credibility of both NATO and the EU—while the suffering continues in Idlib.
The spread of the coronavirus will test the resilience of European countries and governments’ ability to communicate without sowing panic among the population.
The acquittal of Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey.
France wants a “reset” of relations with Russia, in which values are downplayed and Russia doesn’t have to deliver much in return.
Competing visions about what the European Union should become will either weaken or strengthen the West.
The West will thrive only if its leaders embrace and learn to harness technology and digitalization in order to strengthen democracy.
The theme of the 2020 Munich Security Conference, “Westlessness,” reflects the crisis facing the West and the decline of the post-1945, Western-led multilateral order. But can it be reversed?
The Europeans should stop writing off the West and instead worry about China, Russia, and other illiberal regimes.
Keeping Europe united, keeping the transatlantic relationship strong, and keeping the values of the West depends much on Germany.
The biggest challenge that democracies face against cyber threats is to develop effective responses without undermining the very values and principles they are designed to protect.
The West is not in good shape, but its ability to survive, adapt, and inspire are strengths that need to be recognized and exploited.
The far right is creating a serious leadership crisis for Germany and the rest of Europe. The next CDU leader will need strategy, stamina, and charisma to stop the rise of the AfD.
The EU must help strengthen civil society in Ukraine to bring peace and solidify the Euro-Atlantic democratic space.