Articles on Note from Berlin

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.

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

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.

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.

How not to save the world: EU divisions at the UN (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 22 January 2019

Although their new friendship treaty does not call for an EU Security Council seat, France and Germany must pitch a compelling vision of multilateralism at the UN.

Bracing for Brexit: Could ‘no deal’ chaos spread to Germany? (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 18 January 2019

Berlin’s public pronouncements on the risks of Brexit do not yet measure up to the scale of the potential fallout

Wall in: The Eurosceptic challenge in Croatia (Commentary)

Robin-Ivan Capar - 16 January 2019

The collapse of the left and the rise of eurosceptisism have changed the Croatian political landscape ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections. 

Crunch time: Germany and Europe after Mattis (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 10 January 2019

With James Mattis gone, it has become far more difficult to engage in damage control in transatlantic relations

Latvia’s controlled discontents (Commentary)

Karlis Bukovskis - 19 December 2018

Latvia is aware of the EU’s beneficial role to both its economy and security and will likely remain a reliable and stable partner within the Union.