Articles on Note from Berlin

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

The “more Europe” core four (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 26 July 2018

New ECFR research reveals the Franco-German tandem has a pair of outriders supporting it. But Europe-wide drive for deeper integration is lacking

Consensus and the Franco-German engine: New perceptions of European cooperation (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 18 July 2018

The pressure is on for Paris and Berlin to deliver beyond less controversial issues like common digital, climate, or border and coastguard policies. 

Migration dominates EU priorities through 2023 (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 09 July 2018

EU policy professionals prioritise EU-internal topics over traditional foreign policy according to latest results of ECFR’s EU28 Survey