Articles on Note from Berlin

Can the European Union find a stable equilibrium? (Commentary)

Sebastian Dullien - 01 April 2019

Giving up sovereignty at the national level seems the only way to retain some kind of European sovereignty,  writes Sebastian Dullien in his farewell commentary for ECFR.

Brexit bravado: Can the UK build a new continental coalition? (Commentary)

Euan Carss - 11 March 2019

EU member states’ high regard for Britain in security and defence may be on the wane. What can London do to stop the slide in the post-Brexit era?

Can Europe create strong energy and climate coalitions? (Commentary)

Marin Lessenski - 01 March 2019

Smaller EU member states are most committed and best place to push for alliances for a common energy policy and address climate change.

Negative energy: Berlin’s Trumpian turn on Nord Stream 2 (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 February 2019

Berlin's handling of the controversial Nord Stream 2 project reveals double standards and neglect of the pipeline's security repercussions. 

Italy in the EU: shared priorities, provocative politics (Commentary)

Federico Solfrini - 25 February 2019

The European Parliament election may reveal if Italians prefer the populist or far-right wing of the governing coalition

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.