Articles on Elections & Referendums

Requiem for a democracy: the European Union and Orbán’s Hungary (Commentary)

David Koranyi & Chris Maroshegyi - 19 April 2018

The Damocles sword of Article 7 action has shown some success in tempering the Polish government’s illiberal impulses. The EU should now consider dangling it over Hungary too

Orbán 3.0: What to expect next (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 13 April 2018

Viktor Orbán’s post-victory intentions are clear: to extend Fidesz control over civil society and remaining independent media outlets. The stage is now set for the EU – with European People’s Party MEPs holding the balance – to take action on further violations of democratic principles and values.

Hungary in the EU: From front runner to veto player (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 04 April 2018

A convincing victory for Victor Orban will reinforce the Hungarian veto role in the EU. However, the country has only marginal influence beyond its neighbourhood on EU policies.

And Now What? Russian Foreign Policy in Putin’s Fourth Term (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 20 March 2018

Moscow has undergone a lively debate on the future course of its foreign policy – which may now become obsolete by the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. 

Europe needs more than management from Germany (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 14 March 2018

Germany’s aversion to political vision used to be a blessing. Now it’s becoming a curse.

Italy: Following Britain towards the exit? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 02 March 2018

With elections approaching, the fact that Italy’s EU cohesion profile is approaching Britain’s is cause for grave concern across Europe.

Migration myths dominate Italian election campaign (Commentary)

Stefano M. Torelli - 21 February 2018

The promises of the leading parties address voters’ imaginary fears rather than practical solutions.

Too soon for champagne toasts to GroKo (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 07 February 2018

The grand coalition treaty is strongly pro-European in tone, but the devil is in the details – and it could yet be rejected by SPD members.

Berlin’s European agenda (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 22 January 2018

The next German government must lead the way in forging European consensus on migration, foreign policy, and a common system of values. This means it will have to think bigger than ever before.

The sense of an ending: Contours of the next German government (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 17 January 2018

The days of a towering role for Germany in Europe seem behind us.