European Hustle

Freedom of Movement Adieu – How the EU’s slow vaccine rollout has impacted post-Brexit relations with the UK

Some are calling it one of the biggest crises the EU has faced in decades. The European Union’s response to its shortage of vaccines has already damaged post-Brexit relations with the UK, and has warranted criticism from leaders around the world. The vaccine rollout amongst EU countries has been surprisingly slow when compared with other […]

European Hustle

Countdown to 2050: The German approach is not a model for Europe

‘Together with a nuclear power share of ca. 15%, [renewable energy sources] will be the backbone of a carbon-free European power system.’ This sentence from the European Commission’s strategic vision for climate-neutrality by 2050, A Clean Planet for All (2018), concisely summarises the argument put forward in this article. Nuclear energy has a crucial role […]

European Hustle

Countdown to 2050: The EU cannot achieve its climate goals without nuclear energy

The European Union wants to become climate-neutral by 2050. To this end, a vast variety of legislative goals from the European Green Deal to a “comprehensive plan” to cut EU emissions by at least 55% by 2030 have been proposed by the Commission’s President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, while some 25-30% of the EU’s 2021-2027 […]

Thought Babble

Europe’s struggle with democracy

‘The European Union is too far removed from its citizens,’ is a sentence uttered all too often. Europhiles have passionately defended the democratic nature of the union and its institutions. In 2014 the Spitzenkandidaten-procedure was introduced to increase the influence of the European Parliament and start a European public debate around the elections. The process […]

Since you asked

The black sheep of the European Liberals

The article was originally published (in English) on the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies blog: https://www.martenscentre.eu/blog/black-sheep-european-liberals. The European Liberals and particularly the former head of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, have made their reputation on the criticism of nationalist and populist politicians around Europe, including Salvini, Farage, Orbán and many […]

European Hustle

European elections: Can the same old EPP really open a new chapter for Europe?

With the prophetic words of “opening a new chapter for Europe”, the EPP builds its manifesto around four catchphrases. Whether political soundness and coherence follow those, is more debatable. Spitzenkandidat for the party Manfred Weber, has little chance of actually following Jean-Claude Juncker next year, as the national heads of government favour Michel Barnier or […]

European Hustle

European Elections: can Vestager define a new approach for a changing Europe?

Another edition for the beady eyed followers of European politics and the current Spitzenkandidaten race for the EU Commission president. This time, we look at the centre–left liberal candidate – Margarethe Vestager – leading the charge for ALDE. A pragmatic and well-respected politician on the European stage: is it just what Europe needs now, or […]