EU


Summit of the Future – Part two: A geopolitical EU needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council

Michael Sanfey, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, makes the case that a geopolitical EU needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. For this to happen, he argues that France would have to make way, thereby demonstrating leadership and the importance it attaches to EU strategic autonomy and the effectiveness of the UNSC. An ideal occasion to make a commitment in this regard would be during the Summit of the Future at the UN in New York in September.

Brexit was a “Machiavellian Moment”

Michael Sanfey, a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, writes that Brexit was a “Machiavellian Moment” in which Britain, confronting its “temporal finitude”, decided by a small but clear majority that the EU was not delivering stability across a range of important policy areas. Geopolitically, a Machiavellian analysis would suggest that Britain’s position post-Brexit has actually improved, given that EU is geopolitically weak and its recent moves to embrace “the language of power” are belated and likely to fail.

European transport’s Cinderella

The EU explicitly promotes bicycling for the sake of health, climate and jobs. But as Policy Leader Fellow Daiva Repečkaitė notes, poorly monitored funding schemes and incompetent route planning can do more harm than good.

Gender equality and EU politics: Hold the money!

Making EU funding available on the condition that the recipient monitors the money’s impact on men and women has become the new normal. STG Research Fellow Costanza Hermanin and Project Associate Carlotta Osti propose some further actions the EU could take to give even more clout to gender equality measures.

EU and Covid-19: Time to think outside the box

If European leaders are to save the EU economy when they meet on April 23rd, they need to think outside the box.