Articles on Cohesion & Governance

The frugal blues: An underappreciated threat to the European project (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 15 September 2020

It would be premature to conclude that the frugal four are, or will remain, happy about the EU’s budgetary deal.

Brexit as perpetual motion: Why Boris Johnson will never stop fighting the EU (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 11 September 2020

It is in the British prime minister’s interests to carry on a ‘war with Brussels’, no matter how tired EU leaders already are of the issue.

How the frugal four could grow in number and influence (Commentary)

Catharina Sørensen - 07 September 2020

Brexit has denied Denmark a regular ally in EU negotiations. Copenhagen can find new friends – but it should start the hard yards now. 

Why Finland never joined the frugal four (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 04 September 2020

Recent signs that Finland has joined the “frugal four” are overstated, but one member of the group may well be its closest coalition partner.

 

How “frugality” hurts the climate cause – and how to undo the damage (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 17 August 2020

Member states that dug their heels in during the EU recovery negotiations should now form a new climate coalition to achieve more than the July deal.

Poland in the EU: How to lose friends and alienate people (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 14 August 2020

Poland was once the leading voice of the EU’s east. But smaller countries such as Lithuania have overtaken it in responding to the situation in Belarus.

Dependent on the 'kindness of strangers’: Britain’s post-Brexit border reality (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 11 August 2020

The UK wants to “take back control” of its borders – but is now finding out the reality of what this means.

Beware of mission-accomplished syndrome: Germany and European defence (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 10 August 2020

It is ill-advised for Germany to be complacent on common European defence – especially at a moment when the country holds the presidency of the Council of the EU.

Why Europe needs a recovery plan for strategic autonomy (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin & Ulrike Esther Franke - 03 August 2020

Just as they have on the economic recovery, Berlin and Paris must overcome their differences and present a courageous plan to create a Europe that takes decisive geopolitical action.

The limits of “no, no, no”: Why the Dutch are so ambivalent about Europe (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 03 August 2020

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is stuck between European partners urging him to engage in Europe at this critical moment and a growing chorus at home threatening to punish him if he does so.