Articles on Cohesion & Governance

Instrumental solidarity: Hungary’s management of the coronavirus crisis (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 01 July 2020

The Orbán government’s demonstrations of European solidarity have been partly motivated by its nationalist goals and its concerns about migration.

The truth about European solidarity during corona (Commentary)

Rafael Loss & Jana Puglierin - 26 June 2020

National impulses led to border closures and export restrictions on medical supplies during the corona crisis. But even in the earliest days of Europe’s exposure to the novel virus, pan-European solidarity was on display.

Crisis communication: Italy, the coronavirus, and European solidarity (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 16 June 2020

Italy has been among the top beneficiaries of pan-European support from citizens, institutions, and governments – as ECFR’s new European Solidarity Tracker shows.

Italy’s chance in Libya (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli & Tarek Megerisi - 16 June 2020

The tide of Libya’s war is turning against renegade general Khalifa Haftar. Italy should seize this opportunity to lead European countries to a harmonised Libya policy.

European Solidarity Tracker: The solidarity that always was there (Commentary)

Claire Busse & Rafael Loss - 10 June 2020

ECFR’s new tracker reveals the breadth and depth of solidarity expressed throughout Europe during the coronavirus crisis – with findings that will surprise critics.

 

Five ways that the coronavirus should transform the EU (Commentary)

Anna Diamantopoulou - 03 June 2020

The European Commission’s response to the coronavirus faces at least five fundamental challenges – all of which create significant opportunities for Europe.

Britain's role in the world after Brexit - and the pandemic (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 02 June 2020

Covid-19 has made the task confronting the Integrated Review (IR) to reconceive Britain’s role in the world after Brexit – doubly difficult. Now, it is not only Britain which faces a major historical rupture, but quite possibly the world itself.

Trigger warning: Germany, the law, and burden-sharing (Commentary)

Miguel Maduro - 29 May 2020

The German constitutional court has released something of a nuclear device that threatens the whole EU edifice. But a genuine fiscal policy for the EU would keep it standing.

The least predictable Belarusian election in decades (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 28 May 2020

The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience. 

The German Constitutional Court’s ruling: A wake-up call for Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras, John Dalhuisen - 25 May 2020

The EU’s institutions and member states must support the CJEU. But words – and more infringement procedures – will not be enough in themselves.