Articles on National Politics

Instrumental solidarity: Hungary’s management of the coronavirus crisis (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 01 July 2020

The Orbán government’s demonstrations of European solidarity have been partly motivated by its nationalist goals and its concerns about migration.

Italy’s chance in Libya (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli & Tarek Megerisi - 16 June 2020

The tide of Libya’s war is turning against renegade general Khalifa Haftar. Italy should seize this opportunity to lead European countries to a harmonised Libya policy.

European Solidarity Tracker: The solidarity that always was there (Commentary)

Claire Busse & Rafael Loss - 10 June 2020

ECFR’s new tracker reveals the breadth and depth of solidarity expressed throughout Europe during the coronavirus crisis – with findings that will surprise critics.

 

The least predictable Belarusian election in decades (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 28 May 2020

The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience. 

The German Constitutional Court’s ruling: A wake-up call for Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras, John Dalhuisen - 25 May 2020

The EU’s institutions and member states must support the CJEU. But words – and more infringement procedures – will not be enough in themselves.

How Germany’s Constitutional Court jump-started the Franco-German engine (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 22 May 2020

By defining legal limits, the Constitutional Court has forced the German government to reconsider its European policy – to make political decisions on Europe where it has the power to do so.

Foreign policy after covid: A checklist for a new world (Commentary)

Armando Barucco - 20 May 2020

Both national and European identity will be essential to forging foreign policy after the crisis – and to taking on competing claims from sovereigntists.

The crisis of a lifetime (Commentary)

George Soros | Gregor Peter Schmitz - 12 May 2020

Only one thing is certain about the post-pandemic world: there is no way back to the globalised economy that preceded it. Everything else is up for grabs, including the rise of China, the fate of the United States, and the survival of the European Union.

Poland's presidential election: Political chaos and divides on Europe (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 07 May 2020

Polish voters are strongly divided on European issues. An unfair election could intensify these disagreements, threatening to turn Poland into an increasingly problematic partner for other EU member states.

Poland’s presidential election: Three battles for the future of Europe (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 06 May 2020

By holding an election that violates fundamental democratic norms, Poland will slip further into the illiberal abyss.