Reflections on the eve of an informal meeting of EU 27, dedicated to constitutional issues
Andrew Duff
President Donald Tusk has called an informal meeting of the European Council of 27 on 23 February to discuss constitutional questions after Brexit. Andrew Duff, Visiting Fellow at the European Policy Centre and President of the Spinelli Group, reflects on the agenda and makes proposals on the following interconnected matters: Seats in the EP: The Parliament struggles to meet the criteria laid down in the Treaties despite the Brexit dividend of 73 vacant seats.
Cyber arms are still considered fair game by both sides
Jeremy Straub
It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s. The United States and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over US objections, raising concerns about military conflict. As during the Cold War after World War II, nations are developing and building weapons based on advanced technology. During the Cold War, the weapon of choice was nuclear missiles; today it’s software, whether its used for attacking computer systems or targets in the real world.
 
Mark Leonard, Norbert Roettgen
Europe is facing multiple security challenges. Russia aims to undermine the European security order and has shown its willingness to violate other countries' sovereignty. The Middle East and North Africa are on fire, homegrown terrorism threatens the streets of Europe, and cyber and information warfare are on the rise.
 
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