Articles on National Politics

Better late than never: How the EU should respond to Orbán’s illiberalism (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 21 April 2017

The European Union must now belatedly press ahead with both legal and political procedures to halt Hungary’s illiberal course.

Planning for President Le Pen (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 April 2017

Europe must address seriously the possibility of Marine Le Pen winning, however unlikely it may seem.

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.

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.