Articles on Cohesion & Governance

Trigger warning: Germany, the law, and burden-sharing (Commentary)

Miguel Maduro - 29 May 2020

The German constitutional court has released something of a nuclear device that threatens the whole EU edifice. But a genuine fiscal policy for the EU would keep it standing.

The least predictable Belarusian election in decades (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 28 May 2020

The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience. 

The German Constitutional Court’s ruling: A wake-up call for Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras, John Dalhuisen - 25 May 2020

The EU’s institutions and member states must support the CJEU. But words – and more infringement procedures – will not be enough in themselves.

How Germany’s Constitutional Court jump-started the Franco-German engine (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 22 May 2020

By defining legal limits, the Constitutional Court has forced the German government to reconsider its European policy – to make political decisions on Europe where it has the power to do so.

Those Brexit negotiations: The descent to hell (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 21 May 2020

Britain can step back from the brink of Brexit trade catastrophe – but only if Boris Johnson gives the say-so.

The EU’s strategic sovereignty starts in Eastern Europe (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel & Nicu Popescu - 20 May 2020

The real test of the EU’s power and its strategic sovereignty will be in how it deals with external problems – not least those in its neighbourhood.

Foreign policy after covid: A checklist for a new world (Commentary)

Armando Barucco - 20 May 2020

Both national and European identity will be essential to forging foreign policy after the crisis – and to taking on competing claims from sovereigntists.

Ukraine and the oligarchs: Endless delays to reform (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 13 May 2020

The coronavirus has hit Ukraine hard, but the IMF has promised the country less funding than seemed likely only months ago. Self-interested oligarchs are delaying necessary new reforms and pushing back against those Ukraine has already made. 

The crisis of a lifetime (Commentary)

George Soros | Gregor Peter Schmitz - 12 May 2020

Only one thing is certain about the post-pandemic world: there is no way back to the globalised economy that preceded it. Everything else is up for grabs, including the rise of China, the fate of the United States, and the survival of the European Union.

A burning issue: How to restart the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 11 May 2020

It is the EU’s responsibility to normalise relations between Kosovo and Serbia in the long term. Therefore, the bloc should set the principles of, and drive, the dialogue between the countries.