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The real battle for Poland’s future (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka & Piotr Buras - 11 October 2019

Jaroslaw Kaczynski promises the ‘Polish model of the welfare state’ and social protection like in the West - but if his party stays in power after the October 13 election, the country will drift further away from its hard-won freedoms and connections with Europe 

Von der Leyen’s safe Commission (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 19 September 2019

Billed as a safe pair of hands, Ursula von der Leyen is about to find out that caution can only take her so far.

A win for Orbán? Hungary and the new European Commission (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 17 September 2019

The man nominated to encourage democratic norms among the EU’s neighbours has overseen the degradation of Hungary’s own standards. The damage could already be done.

Tricks of the trade (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 13 September 2019

Trade policy is set to become one of the key tools of Ursula von der Leyen’s “union that strives for more”. But securing support from national governments and European citizens will be a challenge.

Europe’s new agenda in the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 07 August 2019

The main message for the Western Balkans is clear: countries in the region need to demonstrate a sufficient level of political governance before any technical process of EU accession can begin.

Seven trials for von der Leyen (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 18 July 2019

Seven key challenges lie ahead of von der Leyen who will have to invent a magic formula to solve the political puzzles of the European Union

After the European Parliament election: Another chance to bridge Europe’s divides (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 24 June 2019

The recent European Parliamentary elections revealed that there is more to Europe's political geography than the traditional east-west divide

The end of monogamy in Europe? (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 29 May 2019

With two thirds of Europeans voting for a pro-European party, the big challenge now is for the political groups to move beyond their status quo ways of working

The pro-European majority are speaking. But what are they saying? (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Szelényi - 23 May 2019

European politicians need to pick voters’ legitimate worries out amid the noise of populist fear-mongering. And then they need to provide leadership to address these worries. 

Poland and Italy: Best of frenemies (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 23 May 2019

Russia and migration remain issues that divide the Polish and Italian governments from each other. And such disharmony could yet stymie cooperation between right-wing populists after the European Parliament poll.