Guy Verhofstadt

The writer, a former Belgian prime minister, is President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

April 4, 2018
April 4, 2018

Breaking the Brexit stalemate

March 29 marked exactly one year since British Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, thus launching the formal two-year legal process by which the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union. In the first year, it is fair to say that the Brexit negotiations have had their ups and downs. But, on a positive note, substantial progress has been made in recent weeks.

December 9, 2017
December 9, 2017

Europe's Chance to Lead on Robotics and AI

At least since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein and his iconic monster in 1818, humans have had a morbid fascination with man-made beings that could threaten our existence. From the American television adaptation of...

November 11, 2017
November 11, 2017

A Federal Spain in a Federal Europe

I have always been a profound admirer of Spanish democracy, but especially since February 23, 1981. On that dramatic day, Colonel Antonio Tejero attempted a coup d'état against the young democratic regime.

September 6, 2017
September 6, 2017

Combating hatred with history

After a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which anti-fascist campaigner Heather Heyer was killed, and many others injured, US President Donald Trump notoriously blamed “both sides” for the violence.

July 5, 2017
July 5, 2017

Containing the Trump threat in Europe

The political environment in Central and Eastern Europe is ideal for populists who refuse to participate constructively in the European project.

January 30, 2017
January 30, 2017

Theresa May's Trump Card

In the same week that British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her vision for a “hard” Brexit from the European Union – withdrawing from the single market and the customs union – incoming US President Donald Trump met with Michael Gove, a leading Tory Eurosceptic.

September 26, 2016
September 26, 2016

Europe's leadership crisis

The European Union's list of crises keeps growing. But, beyond the United Kingdom's “Brexit” vote to leave the bloc, Poland's constitutional-court imbroglio, Russian expansionism, migrants and refugees, and resurgent nationalism, the greatest threat to the EU comes from within: a crisis of political leadership is paralysing its institutions.