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Commentaries

A jihadi threat in mutation?

By Thomas Renard (23-06-2017)

In Commentaries

The latest attacks in Europe (London, Manchester, Paris, Brussels) were committed by homegrown terrorists, who radicalized in Europe. While this is now perceived as a growing and new type of threat, it is not. Homegrown terrorist attacks are the norm, not the exception.

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Trans-Atlantic Security: four imperatives for NATO

By Chris Lombardi (05-06-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on Egmont’s joint event with the German Marshall Fund the day before the NATO Special Meeting in Brussels of 25 May, Chris Lombardi outlines his recipes for the future of the Alliance. Read more

Trump First

By Sven Biscop (29-05-2017)

In Commentaries

America first, or Trump first? For us Europeans it should in any case be Europe first. Read more

The European Union is exaggerating in its demands for Brexit, especially about the European Court of Justice’s future role

By Franklin Dehousse (29-05-2017)

In Commentaries

« Brexit means Brexit ». So said Theresa May post referendum 2016. She took some time to discover what her words meant. One cannot be in and out the single market, or the customs union, or participate to the agreeable elements while Read more

Can the British Brexit notification be withdrawn?

By Franklin Dehousse (21-04-2017)

In Commentaries

During the last year, many observers, especially in the United Kingdom, have commented on the possibility of a unilateral withdrawal of the Brexit notification (see for example the recent Edwards/Jacobs/Lever document). After the notification, the topic has resurfaced. Read more

Europe’s “Maginato” Complex

By Sven Biscop (17-04-2017)

In Commentaries

A lasting conversion of President Trump to NATO will be difficult to achieve – and it will not suffice to defend Europe’s interests. Read more

The US and China between dependence and rivalry

By Gustaaf Geeraerts (10-04-2017)

In Commentaries

One should not be surprised at the tensions between China and the US. An emerging power will always engender suspicion on the part of the existing superpower. Read more

The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017: Europe

By Thomas Renard (06-04-2017)

In Commentaries

2016 proved to be a busy year for CT in Europe as the number of jihadi-related attacks increased and the nature of the threat evolved, with most plots involving ‘home grown’ radicalised individuals, as opposed to foreign fighters. Read more

Two-Speed Europe: Yes, But

By Sven Biscop (06-04-2017)

In Commentaries

Yes to a two-speed Europe if that is the only way to deepen integration, but this does entail some risks.

A Dutch version of this article was published on the website of De Morgen. Read more

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