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Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Putting privacy limits on national security mass surveillance: The European Court of Justice intervenes

In a little-noticed set of opinions issued on January 15, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) put forward a bold and unprecedented proposition—mass surveillance conducted by European Union (EU) member state national security services should operate within the bounds of the Union’s privacy laws.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Europe needs a quick economic coronavirus response: The ESM can provide it

A rapid and flexible deployment of the €410 billion lending capacity of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is urgently needed to support the policy initiatives launched to combat the coronavirus crisis throughout Europe. The sooner the Eurogroup of finance ministers can return to something akin to this sensible compromise position suggested by its President Mario Centeno last week, the better.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Europe’s economic emergency is also a geopolitical one

European leaders are deciding the future of European power on the world stage. If Europeans can’t ensure solidarity with each other after so much pain and sacrifice, it will not only be a devastating loss for Europe. It will also be a blow to a world looking for the political shape of a post-coronavirus world.

New Atlanticist by Benjamin Haddad and Josh Lipsky

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

EU greenlights North Macedonia and Albania membership talks: Breakthrough or symbolic gesture?

"The decision by the EU foreign ministers to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania comes at a time when Europe is battling a major public health crisis and is bracing for its economic aftershocks," Dimitar Bechev says. "Keeping enlargement alive speaks volumes about the union’s ability to muddle through."

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Democratic Transitions European Union

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Is China winning the coronavirus response narrative in the EU?

With European countries still in the midst of the crisis or anxiously waiting to be hit, it is too soon to tell which narrative will win out in Europe—that of a generous China, whose systems managed to combat the virus, or that of an authoritarian regime, whose initial efforts to cover up the extent of the crisis cost the world valuable preparation time.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

China Coronavirus

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Amid coronavirus, a dog eat dog world is back

The civic anger over this crisis will be directed at political elites. The EU could still get its act together by coordinating national health policies, providing humanitarian relief to most stricken areas, by stopping governments from acting unilaterally to close their borders, and by streamlining fiscal policies aimed at restarting the economies of member states.

New Atlanticist by Jakub Wiśniewski

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Last time in the waiting room for North Macedonia?

While there may still be a day or two before written EU conclusions seal the political deal, the government of North Macedonia looks forward to the end of this waiting period and the beginning of the rest of its story. With so much gloom in the world right now, it would be an extremely welcome two weeks in Skopje.

New Atlanticist by Teri Schultz

European Union The Balkans

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

How the U.S. can avoid COVID-19’s geopolitical perils

We’re only in the opening scenes of this epic COVID-19 drama, which will continue without intermission. The Chinese rebound could prove to be a welcome twist in the plot. Imagine the far-happier ending, however, if the United States and its global allies manage to join forces globally even as they isolate socially.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Ambassadors call for global cooperation to meet coronavirus challenge

While societies around the world struggle to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), political leaders must continue to collaborate on solutions to mitigate the public health and economic effects of the virus.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus East Asia

Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: Unity among allies in the fight against the coronavirus

As the global community ramps up efforts to counter the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the United States and its allies and partners are taking extraordinary steps to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. As these measures are put into effect, widescale quarantines are disrupting life for millions, the economy is facing its greatest challenge in over a decade, and longstanding geopolitical relationships are in the spotlight. How can the United States and its closest allies work together most effectively to combat this growing crisis? What lessons can we learn from countries at the leading edge of this fight in order to reduce the toll among our citizens and those of our closest friends? Ambassador Armando Varricchio, Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, and Barry Pavel unpack these questions and discuss the latest on the ground in Europe and Singapore.

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Europe & Eurasia European Union

Sat, Mar 14, 2020

Why Trump should trigger NATO’s Article 5 vs. COVID-19

If NATO could bend Article 5 to combat a non-state terrorist actor striking the United States, why not also to combat COVID-19. Given current transatlantic divisions, there is far greater need now than after 9/11 for a symbolic gesture of unity.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Coronavirus European Union