Articles on National Politics

Is winter coming to the EU? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 24 April 2019

Many observers expect a grand showdown between the forces of “open” and “closed” societies in next month’s European Parliament elections, with the very future of the European Union at stake. They are right to be worried, but wrong about the reason

The Zelensky enigma: A different kind of populist (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 16 April 2019

The second round of Ukraine's election for president takes place on 21 April; the comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelensky is in the lead

After Prespa: Could the North Macedonia name agreement fall apart? (Commentary)

Constantinos Filis - 28 March 2019

Both North Macedonia and Greece are gearing up for new elections. Political forces on all sides are ready to go into political battle over the Prespa Agreement

Estonia’s cold conservative spring (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 21 March 2019

As the political climate in Estonia grows increasingly polarised, the radical right-wing EKRE party may enter a governing coalition for the first time. 

Will Poland be an enfant terrible of the post-Brexit EU? (Commentary)

Adam Balcer - 18 March 2019

A Polish-Italian alliance may counteract the Franco-German driving force for European integration.

Italy in the EU: shared priorities, provocative politics (Commentary)

Federico Solfrini - 25 February 2019

The European Parliament election may reveal if Italians prefer the populist or far-right wing of the governing coalition

Austria’s toughest EU presidency (Commentary)

Sofia Maria Satanakis - 18 February 2019

Although Austria has the potential to influence EU policymaking more, the country often stands in its own way.

Will the yellow vests movement spread across Europe? (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 12 February 2019

The yellow vests could have more influence than expected on the debates leading up to the European Parliament election

How Europe’s populists can win by losing (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 04 February 2019

The European Parliament elections this May have been described as a make-or-break moment for the future of the European project – and for good reason. With plans to form a populist united front, Eurosceptic parties need only capture one-third of parliamentary seats to bring EU governance to a crawl.

Can Emmanuel Macron’s ‘great national debate’ save his presidency? (Commentary)

Guillaume Liegey - 29 January 2019

The battle against populism in Europe will not be won by buying into the anti-immigration narrative but by listening to citizens real-life concerns.