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Poland: Politics in a time of corona (Commentary)

Andrzej Mendel-Nykorowycz - 23 March 2020

The Polish government was swift to introduce tough measures on the coronavirus – but not to postpone a presidential election it thinks it will win.

Coronavirus: Britain on the brink (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 20 March 2020

Britain’s Brexiteer government may be relearning the value of expertise – if only slowly.


A view from Washington: The America First pandemic (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 19 March 2020

There will be no transatlantic response to the coronavirus. It will drive us apart rather than bring us together – as pandemics always do.

Will Europe Ever Trust America Again? (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 03 December 2019

As Western leaders gather in London this week, you might be able to detect a huge rupture beneath the surface.

Trick or treat? French and German views on ‘Brextension’ (Commentary)

Josef Janning & Tara Varma - 17 September 2019

The heads of ECFR’s offices in Paris and Berlin share the thinking in their countries about the latest round in the Brexit saga

Diplomacy dies in darkness: Europe and information manipulation (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil & Tara Varma - 08 October 2018

“Information manipulation” or just plain “fake news”? How France is grappling with a very modern threat

View from Warsaw: Deterrence above all (Commentary)

Piotr Buras and Adam Balcer - 17 October 2016

What is distinct about Poland’s attitude to Russia is its genuine conviction in the potential for conventional military conflict with Moscow.

View from London: Pragmatic continuity (Commentary)

Joanna Hosa - 14 October 2016

Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria will frustrate any attempts at a shift in UK policy on Russia.

View from Athens: Towing the line (Commentary)

George Tzogopoulos - 14 October 2016

The new reality of Greek acquiescence to EU policy hides deep ideological differences.

View from Budapest: The status quo might just do (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Vegh - 14 October 2016

Hungary will certainly oppose additional sanctions, but it is unlikely to veto a prolongation.