Articles on ECFR Council

Our finest hour (Commentary)

Javier Solana - 01 April 2020

Over the coming weeks, much will be at stake collectively, and for some of us also individually. Today, uncertainty about what the post-pandemic world will look like is rife, but we do know it will be built upon the words and deeds we choose now.


Seven early lessons from the coronavirus (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 18 March 2020

The Covid-19 crisis will dramatically reshape the EU’s response to all other crises it has faced in the last decade.

The deglobalisation virus (Commentary)

Andrés Ortega - 18 March 2020

Covid-19 comes at a time when the world’s governments have fewer tools for fighting against its effects than they once did.


Fear of loneliness: How the state uses insecurity (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 17 March 2020

The state surfs a wave of fear of the consequences and side-effects of public deficiencies and scarcity that it has created. 

Europe (including Britain) can still be a superpower (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 04 March 2020

The key to European power projection isn’t institutional reform, it’s a shift in attitude and a willingness to cooperate.

Time for a geopolitical Europe: A German answer to Macron (Commentary)

Norbert Röttgen - 03 March 2020

It is time for Paris and Berlin to join together to strengthen Europe internally, securing its place in a world of renewed competition.

Open letter: Grave concern about US plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Commentary)

- 01 March 2020

US President Trump’s Middle East plan contradicts internationally agreed parameters for the Middle East peace process, relevant UN resolutions and the most fundamental principles of international law, say 50 former foreign ministers and leaders from across Europe in a joint statement. Eleven ECFR Council Members have also signed it. 

A radical way out of the EU budget maze (Commentary)

Jean Pisani-Ferry - 26 February 2020

It can be tempting to treat European budgetary discussions as a fairly inconsequential distributional game. But with the EU’s role increasingly focused on the provision of public goods, in accordance with its values and priorities, this would be a mistake.

Digital decolonisation: The EU’s new ideas on data and artificial intelligence (Commentary)

Andrés Ortega - 25 February 2020

The EU is proposing a process of digital decolonisation, aiming to reduce its dependency on US and Chinese firms.

How grassroots democracy can cure the ills of central Europe (Commentary)

Zdeněk Hřib, Gergely Karácsony, Rafał Trzaskowski, Matúš Vallo - 16 December 2019

A new “Pact of Free Cities” is launching to combat populism, promote transparency, and tackle the climate crisis.