Articles on Cohesion & Governance

Macron's European ambition begins in the Balkans (Commentary)

Loïc Tregoures - 03 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to block accession of Macedonia and Albania to the EU have nothing to do with the Western Balkans, and everything to do with the European elections

The migration crisis is not just about Merkel (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 29 June 2018

Take a look at the German party system – including the AfD’s role as largest opposition party – to understand the faultlines running under the chatter about Merkel.

Smart power rhetoric: One reason for Erdoğan’s re-election (Commentary)

Katharina Botel-Azzinnaro - 28 June 2018

The Turkish leader has perfected his rhetoric during 16 years in power, maintaining control with an effective interplay of coercion and attraction

The hazards of haste: EU migration policy under pressure (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov - 27 June 2018

The 22 June migration mini-summit only underlined differences of national approaches to the crisis - but it will take creative thinking to solve it 

4 takeaways from Turkey's elections (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 26 June 2018

From possible US sanctions to electing a new economic tsar, Erdogan has his hands full after Sunday’s elections

The EU’s decisive moment in Poland (Commentary)

Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz & Piotr Buras - 26 June 2018

The struggle for the rule of law in Poland has reached a critical stage - what will the EU do about it?

Brexit, defence, and the EU’s quest for ‘strategic autonomy’ (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 25 June 2018

EU members may not feel they can trust the Brits on defence. But the UK’s past reliability on this front suggests they should

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.