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The “more Europe” core four (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 26 July 2018

New ECFR research reveals the Franco-German tandem has a pair of outriders supporting it. But Europe-wide drive for deeper integration is lacking

Consensus and the Franco-German engine: New perceptions of European cooperation (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 18 July 2018

The pressure is on for Paris and Berlin to deliver beyond less controversial issues like common digital, climate, or border and coastguard policies. 

Migration dominates EU priorities through 2023 (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 09 July 2018

EU policy professionals prioritise EU-internal topics over traditional foreign policy according to latest results of ECFR’s EU28 Survey

What are the dynamics between EU heavyweights in the face of Brexit? (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 16 August 2017

The Franco-German axis, the Big Three and the Weimar Triangle, are all well-known constellations of European heavyweights. ECFR’s EU28 Survey allows for dissecting the complex relations within ‘the Big Six’, evaluating these and other bilateral and trilateral inter-group relationships in the face of the Brexit.

The end of Angst: Germany is ready to lead in Europe (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 08 June 2017

European crises have galvanised German support for the Union, and spurred a new appetite to lead by example.

Scenarios for Europe: Deciphering Juncker’s White Paper (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 03 March 2017

What future for Europe does Jean Claude Juncker want?

German-Dutch relationship key to EU coalition building (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 16 January 2017

Better coalition-building among European countries is called as polarisation erodes European solidarity and cooperation.

The Netherlands: The EU’s hidden coalition champion (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 16 June 2016

The experts surveyed by ECFR see the Netherlands as the most influential of the affluent smaller member states. Over 50 percent of the respondents rank the Netherlands as the most influential of the seven, and more than 75 percent rank it either first or second.

Rethink: Europe EU28 survey (Commentary)

- 06 June 2016

Which are the most like-minded governments in the EU? Which governments have disappointed their peers? The Rethink: Europe EU28 survey provides answers.

Spain: Southern Europe’s underrated player (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 02 June 2016

In light of its demographic and economic weight and in view of its location at the crossroads of Europe and North Africa, Spain seems to be underrated in the current line-up of the large EU member states.