Articles on National Politics

How the frugal four could grow in number and influence (Commentary)

Catharina Sørensen - 07 September 2020

Brexit has denied Denmark a regular ally in EU negotiations. Copenhagen can find new friends – but it should start the hard yards now. 

Why Finland never joined the frugal four (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 04 September 2020

Recent signs that Finland has joined the “frugal four” are overstated, but one member of the group may well be its closest coalition partner.

 

The limits of “no, no, no”: Why the Dutch are so ambivalent about Europe (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 03 August 2020

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is stuck between European partners urging him to engage in Europe at this critical moment and a growing chorus at home threatening to punish him if he does so.

Bulgaria’s anti-corruption protests explained – and why they matter for the EU (Commentary)

Denica Yotova - 28 July 2020

European leaders have stood by as Bulgarians demand real reform on corruption. But such silence will only harm the EU in the long run.

The proof of the European Council pudding will be in the eating (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 23 July 2020

EU leaders need to show that they are not only capable of reaching an agreement between themselves, but also of shaping the post-coronavirus world.

A Schuman plan for the eastern Mediterranean (Commentary)

Anna Diamantopoulou - 23 July 2020

The EU should look to its own history as it aims to secure its own interests and resolve tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

A country under the influence: Russian interference in British politics (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 23 July 2020

The UK’s ostensible new “ethical foreign policy” stands up to little scrutiny – not least as the government’s preferred form of Brexit limits chances it will ever enact such a policy.
 

An election in Belarus: How the West could support a marginalised opposition (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 21 July 2020

In the run-up to a difficult election for President Alexander Lukashenka, the three main opposition candidates have been excluded from the vote and there have been mass arrests. Western countries should try to deter further repression in Belarus without isolating the country.

Germany’s belated debate on colonialism (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 20 July 2020

Initiatives designed to change German attitudes towards colonial history will be important in improving Germany’s relations with African countries.

Poland under Duda: A divided country, dividing Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 14 July 2020

The Law and Justice party has consolidated its power inside Poland by retaining the presidency – but battles with Brussels and a victory for Biden could cause it trouble.