Political analyst, writer, and senior researcher at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies writing on Ireland, the European Union and more.


The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East

21 June 2022
Foreign Policy

Despite the celebratory rhetoric in Brussels about the European Union’s surprisingly robust response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—which just culminated in the European Commission’s recommendation of membership candidacy to Ukraine—the war has not united the bloc in any unprecedented or transformative way. In fact, it’s having exactly the opposite effect: Beneath the soaring vista of Ukraine as a catalyst for a more muscular and geopolitically effective EU lie deep divisions, shifting allegiances, and a much more complex reality.


The Anglosphere is saving Ukraine while the EU is saving itself

09 May 2022

Judging by the number of European Union leaders visiting Ukraine in recent weeks, it would be easy to assume it is Brussels that’s solely responsible for equipping the brave resistance of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his people. 

But while European Council President Charles Michel talks of the EU’s “unprecedented” response to Russian aggression, saying the EU is “determined to do everything we can to support Ukraine,” the sad reality is that beneath all the rhetoric, the photo ops and recycled pledges, the EU continues to prevaricate while it is the Anglosphere that’s busy helping Ukraine save itself. 

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