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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.

Poland: Europe's unlikely influencer (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 19 May 2016

Poland appears to be firmly anchored among the six large member states of the EU, seen as more important than Spain.

What does Germany think about its role in Europe? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 13 November 2015

With Germany's pivotal role in Europe crystallising in the face of the EU's crises, an expert survey reveals how German policymakers feel about their partners

How Merkel and Hollande stalled the EU’s engine (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 15 October 2015

To qualify as an engine of integration, the two countries need to demonstrate their willingness to go it alone if need be. 

The euro: irreversible – but not indestructible (Commentary)

Norbert Röttgen - 04 September 2015

Europe’s evolution, which is vital for our survival, can only be continued by overcoming the obstacle which the Greek crisis represents.