Articles on ECFR Council

Open letter: EU action for peace in Israel-Palestine (Commentary)

- 17 April 2019

An open letter by high-ranking former European Union officials urges Europe to reject a United States Middle East plan in the case that it promotes unequal rights between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it. 

Estonia’s cold conservative spring (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 21 March 2019

As the political climate in Estonia grows increasingly polarised, the radical right-wing EKRE party may enter a governing coalition for the first time. 

Hungary and the EU: When streetfighters enter coffee-houses (Commentary)

Tibor Dessewffy - 18 March 2019

Viktor Orbán may reject the EU’s way of doing things. But the political maelstrom he has helped unleash could equally see him floored

In Afghanistan, a fragile hope emerges (Commentary)

Vygaudas Ušackas - 01 February 2019

Should peace talks succeed, Europeans and other international partners will need to demonstrate staying power in times of peace as well as war

Can Emmanuel Macron’s ‘great national debate’ save his presidency? (Commentary)

Guillaume Liegey - 29 January 2019

The battle against populism in Europe will not be won by buying into the anti-immigration narrative but by listening to citizens real-life concerns.

COP24: an unexpected triumph of multilateralism (Commentary)

Edwin Bendyk - 21 December 2018

All the odds were against Katowice. But participants snatched partial victory from the jaws of total defeat

A message from Timothy Garton Ash: Tell us you want Britain to stay (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 18 December 2018

Leaders across Europe might want to get Brexit over the line. But in the long term the EU would be weaker without the UK.

Taking back control: How European citizens are slowly gaining power (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 03 December 2018

Transfer of power to Brussels may weaken member states, but it empowers citizens - it is a pity EU citizens do not know their own power

Ukraine’s new front is Europe’s big challenge (Commentary)

Carl Bildt, Nicu Popescu - 28 November 2018

There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine

The foundation of a sovereign Europe (Commentary)

​Georgi Pirinski - 08 November 2018

European sovereignty can only be attained with the consent of its peoples, and with the protection of social solidarity and security, says Council Member Georgi Pirinski