Gabriel Elefteriu

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  • Jun 20, 2024
    With the 2024 EU elections now concluded, it is time to start planning for Europe’s true turning point: the next electoral round, in 2029. There is not a...
  • Jun 10, 2024
    Most great political revolutions in history take years, even more than a decade to unfold fully. At the time, those living through these events perceive them as just “one damn...
  • Jun 6, 2024
    As voters across the EU head for the polling stations in the coming days to elect their MEPs, it is issues to do with their daily life experience that will likely be uppermost in...
  • May 30, 2024
    “War is Hell”, William Tecumseh Sherman said in 1879, looking back on his years campaigning against the Confederacy during America’s Civil War. Sherman, that most...
  • May 22, 2024
    The unexpected demise of Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi, stoned to death with a mountain by the grace of a US-made helicopter, has opened up speculation as to the political...
  • May 16, 2024
    We owe one of the most insightful observations about human reasoning to F. Scott Fitzgerald. In a 1936 essay, The Crack-Up, he wrote, “the test of a first-rate...
  • May 10, 2024
    For all the pomp and ceremony attending the French leg of Xi Jinping’s European tour, it is the stops in Budapest and Belgrade that carry the greater geopolitical significance...
  • May 2, 2024
    The fact that we are living at a time of increasing historical and strategic illiteracy, including among political leaders and so-called experts, can hardly be disputed. 
  • Apr 26, 2024
    Despite what some sceptics say – particularly the multi-polarity types who often sound like Sputnik or RT propaganda –...
  • Apr 20, 2024
    It was the largest combined drone and missile attack in world history. On Sunday Iran launched a huge air strike package of roughly 320 munitions against Israel, consisting...
  • Apr 11, 2024
    The Western conversation on statecraft and defence in our times appears to have reached new peaks of strife, cacophony and sheer multiplicity and divergence of views even...
  • Apr 4, 2024
    That NATO has reached its 75th anniversary this week should be a cause for genuine celebration across the West and by all free and open societies around the world.  
  • Mar 29, 2024
    Bashing Berlin on defence has become a very popular sport among experts and officials across NATO. Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in particular, with his cautious approach to supplying...
  • Mar 22, 2024
    The collective flight of reason triggered by Emmanuel Macron’s bombshell suggestion last month about a possible Western military intervention in Ukraine is...
  • Feb 29, 2024
    At a time when Ukraine desperately needs practical deliveries of weapons and ammunition to help sustain its defence against advancing Russian forces, president Macron has seen fit to...
  • Feb 23, 2024
    We have been travelling in this direction for many years. First there was Obama’s pivot to the Pacific, an early reaction to China’s rise; but in 2014 Crimea...
  • Feb 16, 2024
    The Munich Security Conference (MSC), which opens this week, is the Davos of the defence and strategic policy world. There is a degree of overlap as both gatherings see...
  • Feb 2, 2024
    The past couple of weeks have witnessed one of the biggest and most consequential shifts in European strategic policy since 1945. A series of top-level military and political leaders...
  • Jan 26, 2024
    Much of European public attention is riveted on internal issues such as net zero and deindustrialisation, the cost of living crisis, illegal migration or indeed the rise of the...
  • Jan 12, 2024
    The disgraceful spectacle on display in the Red Sea, courtesy of Houthi impudence and Western “restraint”, is not just an outrage. It is also a fascinating microcosm of...