Articles on EU instruments

Politicised aid: Why Europe should sustain cross-border humanitarian assistance to northern Syria (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo & René Wildangel - 29 June 2020

European countries should work to renew the UN Security Council resolution on cross-border humanitarian access to northern Syria, lest the area slides into a deeper humanitarian crisis.

The truth about European solidarity during corona (Commentary)

Rafael Loss & Jana Puglierin - 26 June 2020

National impulses led to border closures and export restrictions on medical supplies during the corona crisis. But even in the earliest days of Europe’s exposure to the novel virus, pan-European solidarity was on display.

European Solidarity Tracker: The solidarity that always was there (Commentary)

Claire Busse & Rafael Loss - 10 June 2020

ECFR’s new tracker reveals the breadth and depth of solidarity expressed throughout Europe during the coronavirus crisis – with findings that will surprise critics.

 

Serbia and coronavirus propaganda: High time for a transactional EU (Commentary)

Majda Ruge & Nicu Popescu - 04 June 2020

It is time for the EU to direct much more of its financial assistance through channels other than highly corrupt governments that consistently violate European norms and standards.

Five ways that the coronavirus should transform the EU (Commentary)

Anna Diamantopoulou - 03 June 2020

The European Commission’s response to the coronavirus faces at least five fundamental challenges – all of which create significant opportunities for Europe.

Trigger warning: Germany, the law, and burden-sharing (Commentary)

Miguel Maduro - 29 May 2020

The German constitutional court has released something of a nuclear device that threatens the whole EU edifice. But a genuine fiscal policy for the EU would keep it standing.

The German Constitutional Court’s ruling: A wake-up call for Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras, John Dalhuisen - 25 May 2020

The EU’s institutions and member states must support the CJEU. But words – and more infringement procedures – will not be enough in themselves.

How Germany’s Constitutional Court jump-started the Franco-German engine (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 22 May 2020

By defining legal limits, the Constitutional Court has forced the German government to reconsider its European policy – to make political decisions on Europe where it has the power to do so.

Shared goals: How Germany’s crisis response could strengthen Europe (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin - 28 April 2020

Berlin has quietly made concessions to new calls for greater solidarity. But back home this consensus may not last forever.

Spain goes Eisenhower: Coronavirus, cohesion, and the return of MFF talks (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 23 April 2020

The post-corona recovery threatens Europe’s cohesion, but Spain’s attempt to bridge the north-south divide is likely to fall short.