Articles on Governance Lab

Spitzenkandidaten poker (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 July 2019

For most voters, the battle over people and positions would be revealing if only it wasn’t so confusing. It is misleading to frame the nomination process as an example of backroom politics prevailing over parliamentary democracy.

Dutch leadership: the end of mere pragmatism? (Commentary)

Niels van Willigen - 06 May 2019

The Netherlands seems prepared to find a new way of balancing the power of the Franco-German tandem.

German leadership deferred (Commentary)

Anna-Lena Kirch - 29 April 2019

Germany needs to use its EU Council presidency in 2020 to continue forging cloes ties with and between its partners in the EU to push for comprimises on long-term policy issues.

Pioneer and far: Estonia’s European ambitions (Commentary)

Viljar Veebel - 15 April 2019

Estonian expertise can be of great use in strengthening Europe’s digital society, connecting governing institutions and citizens at the EU level, and improving connectivity between European countries.

The unwavering European: Spain and its place in Europe (Commentary)

Laia Mestres - 05 April 2019

ECFR’s Coalition Explorer shows Spain to be an outlier in Europe – as it places great weight on foreign policy. But could new political turbulence thwart its ambitions once more?

Will Poland be an enfant terrible of the post-Brexit EU? (Commentary)

Adam Balcer - 18 March 2019

A Polish-Italian alliance may counteract the Franco-German driving force for European integration.

Brexit bravado: Can the UK build a new continental coalition? (Commentary)

Euan Carss - 11 March 2019

EU member states’ high regard for Britain in security and defence may be on the wane. What can London do to stop the slide in the post-Brexit era?

Can Europe create strong energy and climate coalitions? (Commentary)

Marin Lessenski - 01 March 2019

Smaller EU member states are most committed and best place to push for alliances for a common energy policy and address climate change.

Italy in the EU: shared priorities, provocative politics (Commentary)

Federico Solfrini - 25 February 2019

The European Parliament election may reveal if Italians prefer the populist or far-right wing of the governing coalition

Austria’s toughest EU presidency (Commentary)

Sofia Maria Satanakis - 18 February 2019

Although Austria has the potential to influence EU policymaking more, the country often stands in its own way.