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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021
Iran’s New President Means Headache and Opportunity for Europe
CORNELIUS ADEBAHR
With the election of a hardliner as Iranian president, eight years of European thinking that Tehran could be a partner will come to an end. It’s time for the EU to address not only the nuclear file but also regional security threats.
THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2021

Judy Asks: Is NATO Ready for China?
JUDY DEMPSEY
At the latest NATO summit, allies jointly identified China as a systemic challenge to alliance security. But diverging views on China’s challenge among the partners hinder a consensus on NATO action.
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021
The EU-U.S. Summit Is a Test for New Transatlantic Cooperation
ROSA BALFOUR
The Americans and Europeans have to reconcile their differences in dealing with authoritarian regimes. This is an immense challenge facing these democracies.
THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2021
Joe Biden’s Europe Visit: Mending What Trump Broke
MARC PIERINI
At the NATO summit, President Biden will have to deal with Donald Trump’s pernicious legacy. The biggest challenges include Russia and Turkey, both of which have undermined the alliance solidarity.
TUESDAY, JUNE 08, 2021
Nord Stream 2 is Germany’s—and Europe’s—Achilles’ Heel
JUDY DEMPSEY
The completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deals Russia several cards that weaken Germany, divide Europe, and blackmail Ukraine. If the EU is to engage globally, it must stop serving as Moscow’s playground.
THURSDAY, JUNE 03, 2021

Judy Asks: Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?
JUDY DEMPSEY
EU sanctions will not change Belarusian leader Lukashenko’s determination to cling to power, but they send an important signal. To avoid isolating ordinary citizens, the EU must combine sanctions with enhanced support for Belarusian civil society.
TUESDAY, JUNE 01, 2021
The EU’s Deforestation Package: A Test for Taking the Green Deal Global
OLIVIA LAZARD
The EU is preparing a new deforestation package with international dimensions. After failing to meet its target of halting deforestation by 2020, this time the union must be aggressively ambitious. That means changing business-as-usual strategic and geo-economic behavior.
THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021
Britain’s Post-Brexit Ambitions Will Be Modest, Not Global
PETER KELLNER
Brexit Britain is discovering that its influence and ability to tackle global challenges have diminished. As reality sinks in, it could change the way Britain thinks and acts—very possibly for the better.
TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021
Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus
JUDY DEMPSEY
It took the hijacking of a plane and the kidnapping of a journalist to shake Europe out of its complacency over Belarus. Beyond sanctions, the EU’s response should include supporting Belarusian society and reconsidering Nord Stream 2.
THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021
Judy Asks: Can Europe Do Anything to De-escalate the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
JUDY DEMPSEY
The EU’s hollow statements expressing “concern” over the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration will not deter either party. Unless the Europeans use what little leverage they have, they can forget about having a strategic role in the region.
TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2021
The Powerlessness of the Palestinians
JUDY DEMPSEY
The renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas should be a catalyst for ending the unsustainable status quo in the region. Negotiating a ceasefire and rebuilding trust will require an immense diplomatic effort by the United States and regional actors.
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021
The Conference on the Future of Europe—an Experiment in Citizens’ Participation
STEFAN LEHNE
The Conference on the Future of Europe is built on a haphazard compromise between competing visions, institutional rivalries, and the role of citizens. As such, it is unlikely to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the EU.
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021
The EU’s Much-Flaunted Climate Leadership is Full of Loopholes
OLIVIA LAZARD
The EU prides itself on being a bold climate leader with the aim of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But the union is banking on incremental change. The world simply cannot afford such timid action, or indeed hypocrisy.
THURSDAY, MAY 06, 2021
The EU’s Passive Approach to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
MARWAN MUASHER
The Europeans have paid lip service to a two-state solution based on an independent Palestine alongside Israel. But without a clear plan to make it happen, such a solution will remain unattainable.
TUESDAY, MAY 04, 2021
Poland’s Constitution Under Siege
JUDY DEMPSEY
Poland and the EU are locked in a bitter battle over the rule of law. At stake is something so fundamental to both sides: the meaning and exercise of sovereignty.
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

Judy Asks: Is the EU Doing Enough to Fight Coronavirus Globally?
JUDY DEMPSEY
Globally, EU assistance has been slow to materialize. Supporting countries in dire need of coronavirus vaccines—through both the provision of vaccines and the sharing of patents—would project the union's soft power capacity.
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021
The Wider Context of President Biden's Armenian Statement
MARC PIERINI
Biden’s recognition of the killing and deportation of Armenians as genocide has caused outrage in Turkey. Dealing with a nation’s past is immensely complex. It can only be done by a country’s leaders and citizens.
THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021
Putin’s Undeclared Red Lines—For Now
GWENDOLYN SASSE
Russia is bound to have prepared for different military scenarios in Ukraine. Spreading uncertainty is an essential part of Putin’s policy.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021
Germany’s Ambiguity Toward Human Rights Weakens Europe
JUDY DEMPSEY
As she nears the end of her last term as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel should revert to toughening the EU’s stance on human rights. Making them subservient to trade and economic ties discredits the EU.
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021

Judy Asks: Should NATO Admit Ukraine?
JUDY DEMPSEY
There is no consensus in NATO in favor of Ukraine’s membership. What the most determined Western countries can do is provide intelligence and military support to Ukraine, including weaponry and capability building.
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