Radu Magdin, Contributor
Consultant și analist de risc politic, CEO Smartlink, fost Policy Manager la Google Bruxelles
What Global Romanians should do in times of great power competition
The French say Jamais deux sans trois, meaning that something can become a rule if it happens at least three times. The UK was the counterweight of the European political equation that kept the Franco-German engine in balance. Brexit seems to be returning things to a binary way of doing things, with everyone aligning either with France or with Germany, if the two by chance don’t agree (if they do agree, they become almost irresistable). With Italy, next in line as weight, in perpetual political excitement, there is a race for being the counterweight. No, it is not Spain, which seems to have aligned nicely with France and Germany. It is the Netherlands. However, as much as it is economically important, it is missing something – territory and population: while Netherland’s GDP is 4 times bigger, the country has a population smaller than Romania’s. Of course, it is not only population or GDP, it is also political influence and credibility. Here, we have some good news: Romania has successfully delivery and concluded its first Presidency of the Council of the European Union, performing and impressing above expectations.