On Brussels: Budapest — The New Battle Front

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. On many social issues, the EU has long been split. Since the eastwards expansion began back in 2004, more and more countries that are deeply conservative have joined the bloc. This has led to showdowns…

On Brussels: Neighbourly Bridges

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. There is now a distinct, tangible light at the end of the impossibly long Covid-19 tunnel. Brussels is now approaching that light. But this past month has thrown up fresh sets of challenges involving two…

On Brussels: Fighting Fires

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. The pandemic does now appear to be easing across the EU. Across most of the twenty-seven, infection and death rates are dropping. But amidst a current surge in Turkey, the EU is reminded of just…

On Brussels: Why Ursula von der Leyen Has to Go

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. On 1 December 2019, Ursula von der Leyen became the thirteenth President of the European Commission and the first woman to hold the role. Since then, things have only gone downhill. The time has come…

On Brussels: The Drift Sets In

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. The EU-wide vaccination programme has got off to a rocky start, to say the least. Now, things are going from bad to worse. The rollout of the AstraZeneca jab has been paused, countries that are…

On Brussels: Under Scrutiny

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here There are no two ways about it: the EU has had a rough few weeks. It has come within a whisker of triggering a major diplomatic incident with the UK, has faced the wrath of…

On Brussels: The Reconfiguration Can (Tentatively) Begin

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here After the UK’s departure a year ago, the EU hoped that then would be the time for a period of reflection, of soul-searching and potentially even reform. But a pandemic, economic crises, a belligerent UK…

On Brussels: Fighting the Curve

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here Across the EU, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is being rapidly rolled out. Many EU members, including France, Germany, Spain and Sweden, will begin vaccinating en masse on 27 December. After a foul year, the end of…

On Brussels: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here To say that 2020 has not been the best year is an understatement. This is particularly true for the EU. Even the most pro-union of leaders and officials would have to concede that it has…