Inspiring piece by Josep Borrell. Europeans too often act as if they are playthings stuck in the middle between two great power blocs in China and America. Borrell shows that Europeans have the resources to be a bloc themselves if they overcome the psychology of weakness. He shows member states that they will be judged by their ability to hang together behind more realistic policies on Libya, Iran, the Balkans and Africa. But the foundation of all this must be developing more tough-minded policies and the tools to link the EU's big market, diplomatic clout and spending with common policies in different areas.
Emmanuel Macron understands that the European elections this year will be different. In spite of their name, normally European elections are predominantly national, low-turn-out, low stakes affairs. But this election will have a transational element, as the Salvini-Orban-Bannon axis tries to turn it into a referendum on migration. The nationalists hope to mobilise millions of ‘left behind voters’ behind an anti-European platform and to start dismantling the EU from within. Macron’s article is the beginning of a reponse to their threat. Macron sees the three main battlefields as the main dimensions of a future-orineted European project: democracy (protecting elections from external interference), protection (a common border for Schengen and a European Security Council that includes the UK), and progress (European Climate Bank, regulation of Global tech companies, an EU innovation fund). The challenge will be to use this vision and concrete ideas to appeal to Europeans who feel that the current system is broken. Will he be able to show that his goal is to revolutionise Europe so that it can live up to the promise of democracy, protection and progress – rather than looking like a champion for the status-quo in Brussels? Mark Leonard - Director European Council on Foreign relations
Given the current bipartisan US antipathy toward China, President-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to change the fundamental tenets of President Donald Trump’s hard-line policy. But if Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping each invest a modest amount of political capital, they may be able to de-escalate bilateral tensions.
outlines areas of possible cooperation between US President-elect Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Decades ago, a group of powerful US corporate interests recognized that the unpopular policies they sought faced steady headwinds in the elected branches of government. But courts, stocked with amenable judges and presented with the right cases, could reliably deliver political wins without answering to voters.
shines a light on the dark money behind the US judiciary's rightward turn under Republican presidents.