Ana Palacio

A Reprieve for Global Governance

MADRID– The last-minute deal struck at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, offers a glimmer of hope for the future not just of climate action, but also of global governance. After a year in which leaders reverted time and again to the failed policies of...

Monday, December 24, 2018, 1:15 AM

Europe’s critical election

MADRID – Discussions about Europe-wide elections are invariably infused with expectations of dramatic change that rarely, if ever, are met. But the upcoming European Parliament election in May 2019 may break the mold, as it could determine the outcome of an ongoing struggle between two...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 10:57 PM

Confronting the migrant threat to the EU

MADRID – The European Union loves giving itself ultimatums, whether it is the two-year deadline for Brexit negotiations or European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s declaration, upon taking office, that his was a “last-chance commission.” Unfortunately, European...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:30 PM

The guardian of the liberal world order

MADRID – The global financial crisis, which began ten years ago this month, showed that the Western-led rules-based international order’s long-term survival is not inevitable. It is often assumed that if and when the United States loses its place as the global hegemon in that system,...

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

The shrinking of the presidency

MADRID – US President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was.” But Donald Trump is testing that maxim. In Trump, who is somehow managing to reduce the position to his size, America’s presidency...

Monday, May 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

The European unraveling?

MADRID – After years of intensifying fragmentation and tension, the European Union may be on the verge of losing its most precious assets: peace, prosperity, freedom of movement, and values such as tolerance, openness, and unity. Will Europeans unite in time to save them? The danger facing...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

We connect employers to pre-screened professionals, says MindSky’s Uglova

Anastasia Uglova is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of MindSky, a new platform that offers free professional career services for job seekers and a free online course that covers CV writing, interviewing, and other job-search skills. She talked to Sunday Magazine’s Sharon Kantengwa...

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tips for the TTIP

Ana Palacio MADRID – Three years ago, the United States and the European Union launched negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), promising to complete them on “one tank of gas.” But now the talks are running on fumes, with sniping on both sides and the...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Europe's stillborn security strategy

Ana Palacio MADRID – If a strategy is announced and nobody is around to listen, does it make a sound? The European Union will find out the answer this June, when Federica Mogherini, its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, presents a long overdue foreign and security...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Turkey's diplomatic dogfight

Ana Palacio Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane risks opening a new front in the violence engulfing Syria, thereby dashing the hopes for a rapprochement between Russia and the West that had arisen in the wake of the Paris massacre. With Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President...

Friday, November 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

The mealy-mouthed West

MADRID – Among the numerous challenges the West faces, one is consistently overlooked: its addiction to meaningless rhetoric. From US President Barack Obama’s oxymoronic first-term mantra “leading from behind” to the recent German variant “leading from the center,...

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Syria's no-solution solution

Ana Palacio MADRID – Syria is a blood-soaked shambles. Four years of civil war have left more than 200,000 dead, one million wounded, and 6.7 million people internally displaced. Another 3.8 million are living as refugees outside the country, and 13 million (out of a pre-war population of 20...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

Global energy realism

MADRID –Energy has become a focal point of global policymaking. As falling oil prices grab headlines worldwide, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have signed a major climate-change deal, and October’s European Council decisions could signal real progress toward...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Europe's energy essentials

Ana Palacio Madrid – At last month’s European Council meeting in Brussels, energy issues dominated the agenda – for the third time this year. Energy’s emergence as a focal point for European leaders makes sense, given that it lies at the confluence of the three existential threats facing the...

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Europe's juncker revolution

MADRID - Before his appointment as EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker was pilloried as an old-school federalist who would do little to alter the status quo. But the new structure that he has imposed on the Commission implies a radical overhaul of how things are done in Brussels. Ana...

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa beyond the threat of Ebola

MADRID – Among this summer’s grave global worries, the spread of the Ebola virus has monopolised the discussion of Sub-Saharan Africa and reinvigorated hoary notions of disorder and despair – at a time when a new image of a dynamic Africa was emerging. In fact, there is still strong reason for...

Monday, September 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

America’s strategic blindness

MADRID – The recriminations over US spying activities, triggered by the revelations of the former American intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, have now reached fever pitch. Questions abound – about what President Barack Obama knew and when, about the legitimacy of eavesdropping...

Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

The regional route to global free trade

MADRID – With the moribund Doha Round of multilateral free-trade talks awaiting its last rites, a new wave of regional trade negotiations has de facto taken up the mantle of establishing a global trade regime. President Barack Obama’s administration has placed the United States at the...

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Europe’s Regional Revolts

In both Catalonia and Scotland, calls for independence are growing once again – an indication of conditions not only in Spain and the United Kingdom, but in the European Union as a whole. Indeed, the EU’s weakness in confronting its financial crisis both reflects and reinforces the...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:00 AM

The next task for China’s new leaders

On a recent fact-finding trip to China, organized by the European Council on Foreign Relations, I began with the assumption that the country’s biggest challenge revolved around the need to promote domestic consumption in order to maintain rapid economic growth. By the end of the trip, what...

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 12:00 AM