Articles on European Elections

Spain’s new-found European destiny (Commentary)

Cristina Manzano, Javi Lopez - 13 July 2018

Two views from our Council members on Spain’s new foreign policy direction under the new Socialist government

Poland, Hungary, and the slipping façade of democracy (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 11 July 2018

The EU has thus far been unable to prevent democratic backsliding - what will it do in Hungary and Poland? 

Macron's European ambition begins in the Balkans (Commentary)

Loïc Tregoures - 03 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to block accession of Macedonia and Albania to the EU have nothing to do with the Western Balkans, and everything to do with the European elections

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.

Italy votes: Europe in the Italian election (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 28 February 2018

The primary European issues in the Italian election debate are migration, the future of the eurozone, and security/defence. 

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.

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.