Articles on Governance Lab

Dutch courage: Is the Netherlands overconfident in its EU influence? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 30 January 2019

The Hague will need new allies in a post-Brexit EU. ECFR’s EU Coalition Explorer reveals where it should start looking.

The networked Union: in search of power couples (Commentary)

Christoph Klavehn - 24 January 2019

The EU28 of today miss much of their network potential for joint action. According to ECFR's EU Coalition Explorer the vast majority of bilateral ties appear to be underdeveloped.

Wall in: The Eurosceptic challenge in Croatia (Commentary)

Robin-Ivan Capar - 16 January 2019

The collapse of the left and the rise of eurosceptisism have changed the Croatian political landscape ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections. 

Belgium’s integration blues (Commentary)

Simon Desplanque - 07 January 2019

Growing tensions on the left and the right have driven the country to adapt a more cautious stance towards European matters

Latvia’s controlled discontents (Commentary)

Karlis Bukovskis - 19 December 2018

Latvia is aware of the EU’s beneficial role to both its economy and security and will likely remain a reliable and stable partner within the Union. 

Romania ahead of the EU presidency (Commentary)

Luka Orešković - 11 December 2018

Bucharest should use the six-month rotating presidency of the European Council to work on the country’s European image

Loss adjustment: European politics realigns for Brexit (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 26 November 2018

Unfulfilled expectations have caused traditional allies to shift their focus away from the UK

Slovenia’s Greta Garbo syndrome (Commentary)

Marko Lovec - 15 November 2018

Findings from ECFR’s EU28 survey suggest that Slovenia has such a high expectation of potential partners that it risks to end up alone

Living on the edge: Could Bulgaria ally with the Visegrád group? (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov - 09 November 2018

Frustration with Bulgaria’s marginalized position in the EU may prompt politicians in Sofia to rethink its attitude towards Europe

Brothers in arms: Poland and Hungary seek to transform the EU (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 25 October 2018

EU member states are increasingly disappointed with Warsaw and Budapest who will encounter difficulties to find like-minded partners to shape EU policy beyond their veto coaltion.