Articles on Cohesion & Governance

Austria’s toughest EU presidency (Commentary)

Sofia Maria Satanakis - 18 February 2019

Although Austria has the potential to influence EU policymaking more, the country often stands in its own way.

Hungary for more: Viktor Orbán’s new European battles (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 13 February 2019

ECFR’s EU28 Survey reveals that Hungary manages to outpoll even the United Kingdom as the “most disappointing” EU member state. But May’s European Parliament poll is likely to see it dig in rather than change course.

Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe? (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 12 February 2019

The yellow vests could have more influence than expected on the debates leading up to the European Parliament election

Can Slovakia and the Czech Republic overcome Europe’s east-west divide? (Commentary)

Almut Möller & Milan Nič - 11 February 2019

Prague and Bratislava can jointly develop a more visible profile within the Visegrad 4 group and counter the overall dominance of Hungary and Poland

How Europe’s populists can win by losing (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 February 2019

The European Parliament elections this May have been described as a make-or-break moment for the future of the European project – and for good reason. With plans to form a populist united front, Eurosceptic parties need only capture one-third of parliamentary seats to bring EU governance to a crawl.

Cherry-picking Europe: Migration and economic management in Malta (Commentary)

Daniel Mainwaring - 04 February 2019

Economic freedom vs security cooperation- Malta's commitment to EU integrations remains fragmented by national interests. 

Dutch courage: Is the Netherlands overconfident in its EU influence? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 30 January 2019

The Hague will need new allies in a post-Brexit EU. ECFR’s EU Coalition Explorer reveals where it should start looking.

Can Emmanuel Macron’s ‘great national debate’ save his presidency? (Commentary)

Guillaume Liegey - 29 January 2019

The battle against populism in Europe will not be won by buying into the anti-immigration narrative but by listening to citizens real-life concerns.

The networked Union: in search of power couples (Commentary)

Christoph Klavehn - 24 January 2019

The EU28 of today miss much of their network potential for joint action. According to ECFR's EU Coalition Explorer the vast majority of bilateral ties appear to be underdeveloped.

Brexit disorder: Corbyn and May (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 22 January 2019

The British prime minister and the leader of the oppositions are stuck in cynicism and opportunism