Articles on Cohesion & Governance

An “existential question” for Europe – or for Merkel herself? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 20 June 2018

Angela Merkel is in a race against time to fulfil a pledge for a new Europe-wide migration policy if she is to keep her conservative coalition together

Berlin’s new language of compromise (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 15 June 2018

European politicians have made an abundance of normative speeches on Europe, but few on the politics of cooperation. German leaders’ recent interventions hint at a turning point in this trend. 

Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov & Vessela Tcherneva - 14 June 2018

By actively supporting Macedonia and Greece to settle their name conflict, the EU could energise other countries of the Western Balkans to engage in democratic reforms, while also strengthening their economic outlook – and counter an assertive Russia.

Ideology first: Italy’s troubled approach to migration (Commentary)

Stefano M. Torelli - 11 June 2018

Far from leading to substantive reforms, Rome’s new line on immigration risks deepening the rift in the EU.

Italy plays in the Penta League (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella & Silvia Francescon - 08 June 2018

Can the unlikely bedfellows of the Five Star Movement and the League really make government work?

Merkel and Macron: edging towards change? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 07 June 2018

Angela Merkel finally responds to Emmanuel Macron’s Europe reform plans – but through the pages of a newspaper, and in only the most guarded of terms.

How to Save Europe (Commentary)

George Soros - 29 May 2018

Keynote speech at ECFR's Annual Council Meeting in Paris 29 May. 2018. Check against delivery. 

Courting Nero: Macron, Merkel, and the state of relations with Trump (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 May 2018

Trips to Washington by the French and German leaders made barely a dent in Trump’s attitude towards his own close allies

Conservatives without a cause? The German youth’s view and what it means for Europe (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 23 April 2018

Retaining what they have is largely enough for millennials – despite the fact that the majority feels that the EU is not on the right path. 

Requiem for a democracy: the European Union and Orbán’s Hungary (Commentary)

David Koranyi & Chris Maroshegyi - 19 April 2018

The Damocles sword of Article 7 action has shown some success in tempering the Polish government’s illiberal impulses. The EU should now consider dangling it over Hungary too