Articles on National Politics

Brexit looms large over UK election (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 19 April 2017

The Prime Minister’s opportunistic decision to capitalise on her strong domestic standing is complicated by the international context.

French election candidates on the European test (Commentary)

François Godement & Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 10 April 2017

All major candidates see the international situation through the lens of Europe.

European and foreign policy implications of Bulgaria's election (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 28 March 2017

Borissov will probably have to make some symbolic shifts on foreign policy, but he is likely to do his best to be constructive within the EU.

No country for old moderates (Commentary)

Dina Pardijs - 21 March 2017

The Dutch election has been interpreted as a victory for moderates over populists. But there are worrying signs hidden in the results. 

Wilders’ 10 year plan (Commentary)

Dina Pardijs - 09 March 2017

While Geert Wilders enjoys presenting himself as the next prime minister, in reality he is playing a longer game. 

A potted history of EU referendums (Commentary)

Dina Pardijs - 27 February 2017

EU-related referendums have a much better track record than the calamities of 2016 suggest.

Romania protests: no flash in the pan (Commentary)

Alex Bivol - 10 February 2017

Latest attempt to de-fang the judiciary part of a long-term struggle that shows no sign of abating.

French elections: The demolition game heats up (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 03 February 2017

So far, this French electoral cycle is something in between a roller coaster and a demolition game. The French political system is accustomed to crushing incumbents, but this time the destruction has been more inclusive.

Schulz, Merkel, and Gabriel: The ebb and flow of electoral politics (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 26 January 2017

For both Merkel and Schulz, the upcoming campaign will be a litmus test of their European outlook.

The EU's Polish Dilemma (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 03 January 2017

The problem of Warsaw’s illiberalism is not just legal but deeply political.