Articles on Rethink:Europe

Spain’s new culture war (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 January 2020

The inauguration of the most fragmented parliament since 1978 will usher in a period of culture war centring on national identity.

How grassroots democracy can cure the ills of central Europe (Commentary)

Zdeněk Hřib, Gergely Karácsony, Rafał Trzaskowski, Matúš Vallo - 16 December 2019

A new “Pact of Free Cities” is launching to combat populism, promote transparency, and tackle the climate crisis.

After the Berlin wall: How Germany became a greater Switzerland (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 November 2019

Berlin has turned punching below one’s weight into an art form. This is not good enough, either for Germany or for Europe.

Germany at the helm: Can it bring Europe together in 2020? (Commentary)

André Hein - 15 October 2019

The German presidency offers the chance to build on strong levels of structural cohesion between member states – but citizens remain sceptical on some fronts.

Denmark’s shift towards an ever greener union (Commentary)

Jakob Dreyer and Christine Nissen - 29 July 2019

With a domestic debate on the EU looming, the Danish government appears likely to strike a new agreement on its Europe policy.

Spitzenkandidaten poker (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 July 2019

For most voters, the battle over people and positions would be revealing if only it wasn’t so confusing. It is misleading to frame the nomination process as an example of backroom politics prevailing over parliamentary democracy.

Germany and the crisis of Atlanticism (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 11 June 2019

With the US opting out of its traditional European role, the "German question" has returned. And European leaders will need to make sacrifices if they are to address it.

European cohesion and the Visegrád group: The importance of hearts and minds (Commentary)

Oľga Gyárfášová - 29 May 2019

Where structural cohesion increases but individual cohesion declines, Euroscepticism can still thrive. The Visegrad countries need to invest in people's European experiences.

Cohesion or disintegration? Germany’s European election campaign (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 10 May 2019

"Zusammenhalt" is a buzzword in the European election manifestos of the German parties. But what does it exactly mean in the political discourse?

Dutch leadership: the end of mere pragmatism? (Commentary)

Niels van Willigen - 06 May 2019

The Netherlands seems prepared to find a new way of balancing the power of the Franco-German tandem.