European Council on Foreign Relations
The Eurosceptic surge and how to respond to it, a publication by Mark Leonard and José Ignacio Torreblanca
  • Commentaries


    Act tough, think big: time to end the European illusion

    By Maurice Fraser - 19 February 2014

    If the EU wants to make its way towards serious credibility as an international actor, it must stop thinking exclusively in terms of soft power when it comes to foreign policy.

    The revenge of the German elite

    By Mark Leonard - 05 February 2014

    Germany's foreign policy establishment responds to accusations of introversion, raising questions about the consequences of a reactivation of German foreign policy with more clearly defined interests.

    Britain’s Bulgaria-Romania phobia

    By Dimitar Bechev - 06 January 2014

    The panic in Britain over prospective Bulgarian and Romanian immigration is based on a misunderstanding of European rules. It is also at odds with the country's best traditions.

    Ukraine and Bulgaria show power of EU model

    By Dimitar Bechev - 09 December 2013

    There are still countries in Europe where protestors enthusiastically wave the EU's star-studded flag rather than burning it in anger. These days Kiev's embattled EuroMaidan is as much the heart of the Union as the Schuman roundabout in Brussels. So who said Europe lacks a story and a cause?

    What does the German coalition agreement mean for the eurozone?

    By Sebastian Dullien - 29 November 2013

    From a European perspective, the German coalition agreement is better that the status quo – but it does not contribute to the economic recovery of the eurozone, and it is disappointing when it comes to banking union.

    Europe’s self-hating parliament

    By Mark Leonard - 21 November 2013

    The Eurosceptics do not support the existence of the EU and by extension they oppose the European Parliament, into which they are seeking election. If, as polls predict, Eurosceptics emerge with strong support, we may see a “self-hating Parliament” that ultimately wants to secure its own abolition.

    Bulgaria: students to the rescue

    By Dimitar Bechev - 20 November 2013

    Mistrust is the basic idiom of Bulgarian politics. The prolonged crisis in Bulgaria exposes the bankruptcy of an entire political system in desperate need of renewal.

    Does more Merkel mean less Europe?

    By Jose Ignacio Torreblanca - 01 October 2013

    If Angela Merkel’s astounding electoral success is owed to her synchrony with the average German, then there is every reason to suspect that the new government will not deviate much from the preferences of the median German voter.

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  • Reinvention of Europe programme in the Press

     


    El Mundo - 14 April 2014


    Borjas Lasheras analyses  the 5 dilemmas of the next NATO summit in Cardiff



    El País - 12 April 2014


    Borja Lasheras is quoted in an article about NATO and Russian relations



    El País - 27 March 2014


    Torreblanca at an ECFR event on how pro-europeans should learn from Euroskeptics



    Les Echos - 17 March 2014


    Stefan Meister is quoted on the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin. 



    Estudios de Política Exterior - 12 March 2014


    José I. Torreblanca and Borja Lasheras analize the Spanish foreign policy in the Scorecard 2014



    the Guardian - 12 March 2014


    Mark Leonard on Ed Miliband and Europe


About

The Reinvention of Europe Programme aims to look at and debate the political issues facing Europe in crisis and in so doing build a positive agenda to help Europe play a major role on the world stage. Research has looked at Germany’s role in Europe, the rise of euro-scepticism, institutional change and the economics of the crisis.

Contact: jan.lasocki@ecfr.eu

Publications

The Eurosceptic surge and how to respond to it

Pro-Europeans should create space for battles between competing visions of Europe

The German election: What Europe expects - and what Germany will not do

Germany will not provide clear leadership for Europe

The EU’s silent revolution

More intergovernmentalism, more differentiation

A German model for Europe?

Why the German model is not a blueprint for Europe

The continent-wide rise of Euroscepticism

Europeans are losing faith in the EU

European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2013

A comprehensive evaluation of European foreign policy