European cohesion

Are spheres of influence still in? The EU and external security (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 10 August 2018

The security perceptions scorecard highlights the EU's ability and willingness to act as a security provider, depending on the region

Poland, Hungary, and the slipping façade of democracy (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 11 July 2018

The EU has thus far been unable to prevent democratic backsliding - what will it do in Hungary and Poland? 

The migration crisis is not just about Merkel (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 29 June 2018

Take a look at the German party system – including the AfD’s role as largest opposition party – to understand the faultlines running under the chatter about Merkel.

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. 

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.

Merkel and Macron: edging towards change? (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 07 June 2018

Angela Merkel finally responds to Emmanuel Macron’s Europe reform plans – but through the pages of a newspaper, and in only the most guarded of terms.

Conservatives without a cause? The German youth’s view and what it means for Europe (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 23 April 2018

Retaining what they have is largely enough for millennials – despite the fact that the majority feels that the EU is not on the right path. 

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.

There Is Life for the EU After Brexit (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 28 March 2018

The political ballgame in Europe will change profoundly after Brexit. A clear realignment is already apparent as the dynamics between smaller member states, in particular, begins to shift.