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Commentaries

France is headed for big trouble. Europe, be warned.

By Franklin Dehousse (23-03-2017)

In Commentaries

We are living through by far the most extraordinary presidential campaign in the history of the Fifth Republic. It began with a shock with President Hollande’s decision to abandon re-election, due to his incredibly low popularity. Read more

The House of Lords’ report on the “Brexit bill” : an extremely dangerous development for the coming negotiation

By Franklin Dehousse (07-03-2017)

In Commentaries

On 4 March 2017, the House of Lords made public a new report about the so-called “brexit bill” – i.e. the final contribution Read more

Mr Fillon is becoming a growing problem for Europe

By Franklin Dehousse (17-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Most comments about the latest developments in the French presidential campaign have concentrated on their internal impact, and this is normal. One must now however underestimate their external impact, because it could become huge. Read more

An appeal to the moderate Trump

By Sven Biscop (17-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Without the EU, there can be no NATO. Can we please sell this message to the US? Read more

The case for more Europe in the Alliance

By Alexander Mattelaer (16-02-2017)

In Commentaries

While NATO has been called obsolete, its current relevance is clear. Without US support, the cost of European security increases dramatically. Europeans therefore cannot continue avoiding the call for more equitable burden-sharing in the NATO alliance.

This article was first published in l’Echo (in French). Read more

Can Europe project Power?

By Heinz Krieb (15-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Heinz Krieb outlines the steps Europe needs to take in order to be able to project power. Read more

Europe and Power: go global or go bust

By Luis Simón (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Luis Simón calls on Europe not to confuse a “neighbourhood first” with a “neighbourhood only” strategy. Read more

Building a capability-driven foundation for Europe’s defence

By Chris Lombardi (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Chris Lombardi pleads for missile defence as a key driver of defence cooperation. Read more

We don’t do enough for the rule of law

By Fabian Willermain (10-02-2017)

In Commentaries

At a time when EU seeks to reinvent itself, the author argues that the EU should carry out regular monitoring processes that guarantees of rule of law and democratic values  in its Member States.. Read more

Yes, NATO is obsolete

By Sven Biscop (06-02-2017)

In Commentaries

An Alliance whose credibility mostly depends on a single member cannot be maintained. Only an autonomous Europe can define its interests and choose with whom it can cooperate to defend them, in full flexibility. Read more