Articles by: "Ana Palacio"
Why the EU’s new migration pact matters

Amid escalating geopolitical tensions, and with European Parliament elections looming, the narrow passage last month of the European Union’s Migrant and Asylum Pact has attracted relatively little attention. To be sure, the agreement is more remarkable …

Germany’s weakness is bad for Europe

Once the sick man of Europe, Germany seems to be under the weather once again. That might be putting it mildly: much as it did in the late 1990s, Germany is staring down the barrel …

The Good News from Taiwan

International media are brimming with pronouncements that the West is in decline. The institutions that have formed the foundation of the rules-based international order since World War II are on the brink of collapse, we …

The rule of law under fire

The past year was an eventful one, to put it mildly. In fact, the world has endured so much war, disruption, tension and uncertainty that we’re left to wonder whether the rules-based global order, which …

The case for energy realism at COP28

At the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, world leaders will, for the first time, officially take stock of global progress towards the goals set out in the Paris climate agreement in 2015. …

The EU and Turkey need each other

Even before Hamas’s barbaric attack on Israel catapulted the Middle East back to the forefront of global geopolitics, the European Union recognised the critical importance of Turkey as a bridgehead to the region. Yet the …

For whom the BRICS toll

Last week’s BRICS summit—bringing together the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—was touted as a pivotal event that could change the contours of international relations. Some compared it to the Bandung conference …

Russia’s dangerous nuclear consensus

Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s weekend rebellion has shone a harsh spotlight on the apparently fragile state of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime. While Prigozhin soon agreed to stand down and ordered his mercenary army …