Articles on European cohesion

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.

 

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.

Final call: Macron goes to Poland (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 30 January 2020

Emmanuel Macron should not shrink from addressing Poland’s democratic backsliding when he visits next week – and other EU leaders should quickly follow his lead.

Spain’s new culture war (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 07 January 2020

The inauguration of the most fragmented parliament since 1978 will usher in a period of culture war centring on national identity.

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.

Germany at the helm: Can it bring Europe together in 2020? (Commentary)

André Hein - 15 October 2019

The German presidency offers the chance to build on strong levels of structural cohesion between member states – but citizens remain sceptical on some fronts.

Denmark’s shift towards an ever greener union (Commentary)

Jakob Dreyer and Christine Nissen - 29 July 2019

With a domestic debate on the EU looming, the Danish government appears likely to strike a new agreement on its Europe policy.

Germany and the crisis of Atlanticism (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 11 June 2019

With the US opting out of its traditional European role, the "German question" has returned. And European leaders will need to make sacrifices if they are to address it.

European cohesion and the Visegrád group: The importance of hearts and minds (Commentary)

Oľga Gyárfášová - 29 May 2019

Where structural cohesion increases but individual cohesion declines, Euroscepticism can still thrive. The Visegrad countries need to invest in people's European experiences.