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Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard is director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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Could Germany really succumb to Trumpism?

While the US is still debating Donald Trump’s equivocal response to violence by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, Germans have been responding to an essay by deputy finance minister Jens Spahn in which he complains that English-speaking hipsters in Berlin are eroding

September 01, 2017

Germany’s new power of the purse

Last week, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel interrupted his holiday on the North Sea to respond to Turkey’s jailing of a German human rights activist.

July 29, 2017

Planning for President Le Pen

After the UK’s unexpected vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the US presidential election last year, you might imagine that Europe’s chancelleries have developed detailed contingency plans for a victory by the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen in France’s preside

April 21, 2017

The coming Brexit tragedy

This past year changed everything, except how governments think. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the pre-negotiations for Brexit.

December 23, 2016

Make Europe great again

Since the end of WWII, Europe has looked at the world through a transatlantic lens.

November 15, 2016

UK between inclusion and exclusion

British Prime Minister Theresa May once warned her fellow Conservatives of the perils of being known as the “nasty party.” But after 100 days in office, she is in danger of going further, turning the United Kingdom into the nasty country.

October 26, 2016

Managing a multipolar Europe

People used to think that the most important decisions affecting Europe were made in Paris, Berlin, or Brussels. But in recent months, as the European Union has confronted the refugee crisis, and the Syrian conflict that is fueling it, Moscow and Ankara have come to the fore.

October 01, 2016

Playing defense in Europe

The most frightening periods in history have often been interregnums — moments between the death of one king and the rise of the next.

September 09, 2016

The counter-revolutionary

IF history repeats itself — first tragedy, then farce — what comes next is Boris Johnson, a shape-shifting politician who embodies the contradictions of our age.

July 31, 2016