Ukraine and the oligarchs: Endless delays to reform (ECFR)

The coronavirus has hit Ukraine hard, but the IMF has promised the country less funding than seemed likely only months ago. Self-interested oligarchs are delaying necessary new reforms and pushing back against those Ukraine has already made.

https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_ukraine_and_the_oligarchs_endless_delays_to_reform

Andrew Wilson

China, America, and how Europe can deal with war by economic means (ECFR)

Great power rivalry has not abated even amid the coronavirus. To survive the economic conflict between China and the US, Europe must make its preparations now.

https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_china_america_and_how_europe_can_deal_with_war_by_economic_means

Jonathan Hackenbroich

A contest of extremes: Biden’s and Trump’s opposing positions on Russia (ECFR)

The 2020 election will likely determine whether America seeks a deal with Russia to carve up Europe into spheres of influence or launches a new, ideological cold war against the country.

https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_a_contest_of_extremes_bidens_and_trumps_opposing_positions_on_ru

Jeremy Shapiro

Israel’s West Bank annexation: Preparing EU policy for the day after (ECFR)

West Bank annexation will bring an end to the EU’s cherished two-state solution. International norms and the EU’s own laws will now need to underpin post-annexation relations with Israel.

https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_israels_west_bank_annexation_preparing_eu_policy_for_the_day_aft

Hugh Lovatt

The meaning of systemic rivalry: Europe and China beyond the pandemic (ECFR)

  • Beijing’s handling of the pandemic has changed long-standing European assumptions about its reliability as a crisis actor and its approach to the European project.
  • Europe’s immediate medical-supply needs and dire economic situation will limit the scope of shifts in its China policy – for now.
  • But, on issues ranging from supply chains to ideological competition, European governments have rebalanced their view of what dynamics with China should look like in the aftermath.
  • The crisis is also intensifying demands from European parliaments, media outlets, and citizens for Europe to puts its China policy on a more open, accountable, and values-based footing.
  • Governments’ pursuit of a “business as usual” approach to Beijing is growing harder to sustain.

https://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/the_meaning_of_systemic_rivalry_europe_and_china_beyond_the_pandemic

Andrew Small