Articles on National Politics

4 takeaways from Turkey's elections (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 26 June 2018

From possible US sanctions to electing a new economic tsar, Erdogan has his hands full after Sunday’s elections

The EU’s decisive moment in Poland (Commentary)

Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz & Piotr Buras - 26 June 2018

The struggle for the rule of law in Poland has reached a critical stage - what will the EU do about it?

An “existential question” for Europe – or for Merkel herself? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 20 June 2018

Angela Merkel is in a race against time to fulfil a pledge for a new Europe-wide migration policy if she is to keep her conservative coalition together

Berlin’s new language of compromise (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 15 June 2018

European politicians have made an abundance of normative speeches on Europe, but few on the politics of cooperation. German leaders’ recent interventions hint at a turning point in this trend. 

Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov & Vessela Tcherneva - 14 June 2018

By actively supporting Macedonia and Greece to settle their name conflict, the EU could energise other countries of the Western Balkans to engage in democratic reforms, while also strengthening their economic outlook – and counter an assertive Russia.

Ideology first: Italy’s troubled approach to migration (Commentary)

Stefano M. Torelli - 11 June 2018

Far from leading to substantive reforms, Rome’s new line on immigration risks deepening the rift in the EU.

Italy plays in the Penta League (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella & Silvia Francescon - 08 June 2018

Can the unlikely bedfellows of the Five Star Movement and the League really make government work?

Requiem for a democracy: the European Union and Orbán’s Hungary (Commentary)

David Koranyi & Chris Maroshegyi - 19 April 2018

The Damocles sword of Article 7 action has shown some success in tempering the Polish government’s illiberal impulses. The EU should now consider dangling it over Hungary too

Orbán 3.0: What to expect next (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 13 April 2018

Viktor Orbán’s post-victory intentions are clear: to extend Fidesz control over civil society and remaining independent media outlets. The stage is now set for the EU – with European People’s Party MEPs holding the balance – to take action on further violations of democratic principles and values.

Hungary in the EU: From front runner to veto player (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 04 April 2018

A convincing victory for Victor Orban will reinforce the Hungarian veto role in the EU. However, the country has only marginal influence beyond its neighbourhood on EU policies.