Articles on ECFR Council

Spain’s new-found European destiny (Commentary)

Cristina Manzano, Javi Lopez - 13 July 2018

Two views from our Council members on Spain’s new foreign policy direction under the new Socialist government

Why Europe is very nervous about a Trump-Putin summit (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 11 July 2018

In a Trump-Putin meeting, who gets the show, and who gets the substance? 

The EU’s decisive moment in Poland (Commentary)

Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz & Piotr Buras - 26 June 2018

The struggle for the rule of law in Poland has reached a critical stage - what will the EU do about it?

A new approach for western Balkans enlargement (Commentary)

Hannes Swoboda & Maria Eleni Koppa - 13 June 2018

A three-step approach on a “more for more” basis will bring the EU and the countries of the western Balkans closer together.

Requiem for a democracy: the European Union and Orbán’s Hungary (Commentary)

David Koranyi & Chris Maroshegyi - 19 April 2018

The Damocles sword of Article 7 action has shown some success in tempering the Polish government’s illiberal impulses. The EU should now consider dangling it over Hungary too

Iraq: back to square one (Commentary)

Javi López - 29 March 2018

The success of the new EU strategy for Iraq will require a continuous and coordinated support with a long-term view that goes beyond the incidental military victories

There Is Life for the EU After Brexit (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 28 March 2018

The political ballgame in Europe will change profoundly after Brexit. A clear realignment is already apparent as the dynamics between smaller member states, in particular, begins to shift.

The EU as seen from Serbia (Commentary)

Prof.dr Tanja Miscevic - 14 March 2018

The EU has taken steps to protect itself from the risks of expansion, but must not lose sight of the value that countries like Serbia can add to the European project.

Balkans: On track for EU membership or stagnation? (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 15 February 2018

Three sets of challenges will have to be overcome if any of the candidate countries are to become EU members in 2025.