The stakes involved in the EU’s rule-of-law dispute with Poland are high, with all sides standing to lose if a resolution isn’t reached. A confrontational approach raises the risk of further discord within the bloc. But letting the precedent that EU court rulings can be ignored stand could imperil the EU’s legal order.
For many years, Europe hoped to use geoeconomics tools to regulate and blunt Russia’s geopolitical ambitions, mainly through ambitious natural gas pipeline projects. Today’s energy crisis, though, suggest that the gambles Europe made in its attempts to manage Russia have not panned out.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastien Kurz was supposed to lead Europe’s Conservatives in the post-Merkel era. Now his sudden and unexpected resignation is causing shock waves across the continent, where the center-right was already reeling from the impending departure from the political stage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.