Articles on Cohesion & Governance

The Lost Promise of 1989 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 19 November 2019

As is often the case, deep historical shifts tend to show up first in popular culture, and only then in formal politics. That is why we should look at the complex legacy of 1989 not only in the formal celebrations being held in Berlin, but also in the stands of a soccer stadium in Sofia.

Belarus votes: Could its verdict matter? (Commentary)

Olga Dryndova - 15 November 2019

Belarus could be standing on the brink of change. The EU should not ignore events on its outer border – and, indeed, should look for new ways to engage its neighbour.

Bringing the radical right in: Lessons learned from Spain (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 13 November 2019

Vox’s success in Spain illuminates some of populism’s successful escalation strategies, as well as the mistakes of mainstream parties.

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.

National populism at the heart of Europe: When will the clash come? (Commentary)

Adam Balcer - 07 November 2019

National populism in central Europe is a serious threat to the European Union, deepening longstanding divides and harming the support citizens of the region give to the EU.  

Trading with the frenemy: Germany's China policy (Commentary)

Yasmin Samrai - 30 October 2019

While it is no longer complacent about Chinese influence, Germany has failed to craft a policy that effectively reassesses the balance of opportunities and risks.

Clumsy but useful? The German defence minister’s initiative for northern Syria (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 29 October 2019

The widely dismissed proposal can still serve a valuable purpose if it relaunches a debate on how Europe can act with long-overdue relevance in Syria.

After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Tara Varma - 25 October 2019

Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.

Brexit Weltschmerz: An era ends (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 24 October 2019

Britain helped bring modern, unified, and peaceful Germany into being. Its Brexit convulsions have trashed this historic reputation – probably for good.
 

A hard Brexit looms (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 21 October 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to have the momentum to get his Brexit deal over the line – and to follow up with a general election triumph while the electorate are still sighing with relief.