Articles on National Politics

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.

The long and winding road to Jamaica (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 November 2017

The indications are this new German government will struggle to take advantage of the foreign policy opportunities presented by this election.

Spanish democracy faces its biggest challenge in decades (Commentary)

- 29 September 2017

The Catalan government is depriving over 45 million Spaniards of their democratic right to decide on the future of their own country.

Three myths about Catalonia’s independence movement (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 22 September 2017

Spain faces its worst constitutional crisis since the failed 1981 coup d’état, driven by Brexit-style populism

German election: Not so dull after all (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 21 September 2017

The contest between the Greens and the FDP could determine the course of Germany’s future.

Prime time debates with few prime time ideas (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 08 September 2017

The televised debates sum up Germany's election campaign perfectly: they have been strangely devoid of proposals, and filled with reactiveness.

Rise and fall of populism (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 05 September 2017

To defeat populism, liberals must have the courage to develop policies that combat discrimination and nationalism.