The New York Times recently reported on new routes for smuggling hashish from Morocco to Europe via Libya that raise suspicions about whether ISIS is profiting off the drug trade. While Libya’s criminal economy has flourished, there are risks in overstating the links between drug smuggling and terrorism.
Last week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU leaders separately acknowledged the many problems facing the EU. But they offered only vague proposals to address them, and the picture of European unity was short-lived. It is going to take a lot more to fix what is broken in the EU.
The European Commission and its former president, Jose-Manuel Barroso, are under pressure after Barroso recently took a job with Goldman Sachs. Many are calling for Barroso’s pension to be revoked and for stronger EU ethics rules. In an email interview, Daniel Freund discusses the EU’s ethics rules.