Articles on Cohesion & Governance

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.

Europe and China after Brexit: The 5G question (Commentary)

Janka Oertel - 19 December 2019

A decision looms for Britain on 5G and Huawei. London’s choice will signal whether it wishes to stay close to Europe when dealing with Beijing – or to go its own way.

Boris’s revenge: The coming assault on Britain’s democracy (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 16 December 2019

Boris Johnson could prove to be more Trump than Trump. But he may yet face resistance to turning Britain into “Singapore-on-Thames”

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.

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.