The EU Is Missing a Chance to Address Its Problems With Turkey

Last October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested that French President Emmanuel Macron ought to seek “some sort of mental treatment,” after the latter had announced a tougher stance on radical Islam. Tensions between Turkey and France have been rampant since the beheading of French civics teacher Samuel Paty, who was targeted for showing caricatures […]

[Video] Interview with Jean-Claude Juncker

This video was recorded by Lëtzebuerger Journal in December 2020, for the show “Elo mol éierlech” (Let’s be honest) that I am hosting on their digital platform. The video is available for free on the website of Journal. (original language: Luxembourgish // subtitles available in English) Here is a short clip: If you want to […]

Without Britain, The European Union Lurches Towards Its Own Army

A regrettable consequence of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is that the bloc has lost a mitigating influence on its political integration. For the most part, the UK has sought to protect its financial and regulatory advantages against Brussels, which has been keen to over-regulate London’s finance industry. Former British prime minister […]

[Reportage] Isabel Wiseler: Am Iran op Deseskalatioun setzen

Dëse Reportage ass fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert ginn a gouf de 29. Januar iwwerdroe ginn. No dem rezente Konflikt zwëschent Amerika an dem Iran huet d’Europäesch Unioun op Deseskalatioun gesat. Bréissel muss elo nei Weeër fannen fir mat der islamëscher Republik ze verhandelen. D’Administratioun vum US-Präsident Donald Trump huet kloer eng nei Strategie wat […]

Iran escalation: Europe’s rightful restraint

They remember well the failures of the Iraq war and aren’t cowed by Mike Pompeo’s disapproval. Following the killing of Qasem Soleimani by American forces in Iraq, Washington and Tehran have spent days saber-rattling. Recent explosions in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad have intensified hostilities—President Trump is making direct threats against Iran on […]

Europe has no moral high ground in the Syria-Turkey conversation

Erdogan was their best friend when the EU needed a place to park millions of unwanted refugees. In response to its offensive against the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a number of European nations have implemented arms embargoes on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has confirmed that Rome will cease arms […]

[Reportage] Wiseler-Lima iwwer Agrëff a Syrien : « Behuele vun der Tierkei ass inakzeptabel »

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert ginn, an ass de 17. Oktober iwwerdroe ginn. De ganze Beitrag an Audio fënnt een hei (am Journal no der Paus). Zënter méi wéi enger Woch bedreiwt d’Tierkei a Nordsyrien eng Offensiv géint d’Kurden, mam selbsterklärten Zil fir Terorismus ze bekämpfen. An der Europäescher Unioun ass d’Majoritéit entsat iwwer […]

One war Europe won’t join

Regular readers of my contributions to this site may have noticed that I am in no way a fan of the European Union. Yet even with the EU, the stopped clock principle applies: they have to be right sometimes. And when Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, said that everyone […]