The European Investment Bank proposes an end to fossil fuel lending to fight climate change (WEF)

The European Investment Bank wants to stop funding new fossil fuel-reliant projects by the end of 2020, a draft of the EU lending arm’s new energy strategy showed on Friday.

Marc Jones

Sitting-Duck America (Project-Syndicate)

America may no longer be open to desperate refugees, but, as former US special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent congressional testimony showed, it is wide open to anyone who wants to hijack its democracy. The country’s own president has removed the guardrails.

Elizabeth Drew is a Washington-based journalist and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

How Europe’s Populists Lost the EU Game of Thrones (Project-Syndicate)

In the European Union’s leadership negotiations this month, populist governments failed not only to act as spoilers, but also to secure any concessions at all. They now have every reason to worry that they will be held accountable for their routine violations of the rule of law when EU funds are disbursed.

Sławomir Sierakowski, founder of the Krytyka Polityczna movement, is Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations

Is Von Der Leyen the Leader Europe Needs? (Project-Syndicate)

Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen is far from being a bad choice to be the next president of the European Commission. Yet, alongside the general sense of relief that EU leaders managed to agree on a candidate, a nagging doubt remains as to whether Europe will really have the best person – and team – at the helm.

Dominique Moisi is a special adviser at the Institut Montaigne in Paris. He is the author of La Géopolitique des Séries ou le triomphe de la peur.

La politique africaine de la Tunisie : entre opportunisme et opportunités non exploitées (IFRI)

La Tunisie jouit, tous comme les autres pays du Maghreb, d’une position géographique favorable en Afrique qui pourrait théoriquement lui permettre d’être un sas entre l’Europe et l’Afrique subsaharienne (ASS), et de commercer avec son Sud.

Benjamin AUGE