Articles on ECFR Council

Since reunification, Germany has had its best 30 years. The next 30 will be harder (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 29 September 2020

The EU is in the country’s DNA. But global threats mean a strong transatlantic Western alliance has never been more vital

Europe’s recovery gamble (Commentary)

Jean Pisani-Ferry - 28 September 2020

If the European Union’s new recovery programme succeeds, it may ultimately pave the way for the establishment of a fiscal union. But, if the EU funds fail to deliver on the plan’s stated goals, federal aspirations will be dashed for a generation.

Meeting Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: How Europeans should support the Belarusian opposition (Commentary)

Lia Quartapelle - 16 September 2020

The EU should nurture Belarusian protesters’ experiences with political participation and their demands for democracy.

The pandemic was supposed to be great for strongmen. What happened? (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 11 September 2020

From Trump to Lukashenka, authoritarians are discovering that this isn’t their kind of crisis.

Pulling together or pulling apart: The coronavirus crisis and political participation (Commentary)

Milica Delevic - 08 September 2020

The sheer magnitude of the crisis and the way in which it exposes existing fault lines – particularly the shocking levels of inequality in many societies – are making political mobilisation more likely.


Why Finland never joined the frugal four (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 04 September 2020

Recent signs that Finland has joined the “frugal four” are overstated, but one member of the group may well be its closest coalition partner.


Donald Trump’s defeat would deal a blow to European populism (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 25 August 2020

Victory for Joe Biden in November would empower liberals in former Habsburg lands.

Belarus should remind us to believe in freedom's power (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 24 August 2020

However uncertain the road ahead, these protests show how authoritarianism ultimately subverts itself.

The Armenian model for Belarus (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 19 August 2020

While many Western observers have seized on Ukraine's 2004-5 and 2014 revolutions to understand the mass protests in Belarus, a much better analogy is Armenia's democratic transition in 2018. 

Hope for a new “UN moment” (Commentary)

Kemal Derviş - 13 August 2020

When the United Nations celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary this September, the US will still be misgoverned by a transactional president who has no interest in global rules. But if that precludes a rebirth of global multilateralism this autumn, things could look very different next spring.