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…

South Dakota: Anatomy of a Covid Disaster

The United States is by far the country worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has recorded about a fifth of all cases globally, as well as a little over one-in-six deaths. As the winter deepens and courts in some…

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…

On Brussels: A Troublesome Autumn Brews

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here Across most of the world, cases of Covid-19 are surging. Some of the worst surges are in the EU. Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands are all struggling to contain the virus. Germany has…

On Brussels: The Brexit Beast Roars Back

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here Now more than four years old, the Brexit process has surprised, astonished and confounded throughout its existence. So it seems fitting that, as it reaches its ignoble end, some of the more jaw-dropping…

On Brussels: Bracing for the Second Wave

Find Luke‘s other articles On Brussels here. It seemed as though a sense of normality was returning to the EU. In June and July, the EU was able to reopen many of its internal borders and thrash out a new budget and…