Articles on Cohesion & Governance

Poland after the election: New headaches for the EU (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 15 October 2019

The freshly re-elected Law and Justice party will now be more emboldened than ever in its dealings with Brussels

Germany at the helm: Can it bring Europe together in 2020? (Commentary)

André Hein - 15 October 2019

The German presidency offers the chance to build on strong levels of structural cohesion between member states – but citizens remain sceptical on some fronts.

The real battle for Poland’s future (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 11 October 2019

Jaroslaw Kaczynski promises the ‘Polish model of the welfare state’ and social protection like in the West - but if his party stays in power after the October 13 election, the country will drift further away from its hard-won freedoms and connections with Europe 

The Polish election by numbers (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 09 October 2019

Polling on the upcoming election in Poland reflects a society often at odds with the ruling party. This is the election broken down by numbers.

At a snail’s pace: German inactivity becomes a climate burden on Europe (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 30 September 2019

One week after climate talks at UNGA and the unveiling of the government’s new climate plan, Germany’s gap between lofty goals and actual initiatives is still striking

A win for Orbán? Hungary and the new European Commission (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 17 September 2019

The man nominated to encourage democratic norms among the EU’s neighbours has overseen the degradation of Hungary’s own standards. The damage could already be done.

Tricks of the trade (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 13 September 2019

Trade policy is set to become one of the key tools of Ursula von der Leyen’s “union that strives for more”. But securing support from national governments and European citizens will be a challenge.

A new era in Rome (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 05 September 2019

The diverse new Italian government has high ambitions

Bewitched by Brexit: Referendums and modern democracy (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 03 September 2019

Brexit is putting parliamentary democracy in question

Boris Johnson and the politics of neo-poodleism (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 09 August 2019

With Brexit approaching, Boris Johnson will be keen to capitalise on access to Washington. But don't expect much from Trump.