Articles on Note from Berlin

Romania ahead of the EU presidency (Commentary)

Luka Orešković - 11 December 2018

Bucharest should use the six-month rotating presidency of the European Council to work on the country’s European image

Loss adjustment: European politics realigns for Brexit (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 26 November 2018

Unfulfilled expectations have caused traditional allies to shift their focus away from the UK

The Iron Chancellor: Angela Merkel’s endgame (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 01 November 2018

For now, Europe will get more of the Merkel it knows so well: pragmatic, process-minded, and vision-free.

Brothers in arms: Poland and Hungary seek to transform the EU (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 25 October 2018

EU member states are increasingly disappointed with Warsaw and Budapest who will encounter difficulties to find like-minded partners to shape EU policy beyond their veto coaltion.

Czechs and balances: can Berlin shake up the Visegrád group? (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 11 October 2018

Having so far ignored the Czech Republic's interest in working with it, Berlin has a chance to help the country join new coalitions

Berlin’s untenable foreign-policy strategic vacuum (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 04 October 2018

Berlin can no longer afford to float ideas that have no practical consequences, and keep muddling through

An awkward embrace: Erdoğan in Germany (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 27 September 2018

As the economic crisis in Turkey intensifies, Germany should decide whether and how it wants to help

Portugal: A good European in search of friends (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 24 August 2018

Portugal has at times punched above its weight in modern EU history. But it needs new friends if it is to do so again

The overconfident new president: Austria’s coalition-building challenges (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 16 August 2018

Austria has few potential coalition partners who share its European policy priorities

Mimicking membership: London’s need for a new coalition-building strategy (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 01 August 2018

New data show who in the EU is disappointed by the UK, and which common interests are worth fighting for pre-Brexit