Articles on European Power

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

Pioneer and far: Estonia’s European ambitions (Commentary)

Viljar Veebel - 15 April 2019

Estonian expertise can be of great use in strengthening Europe’s digital society, connecting governing institutions and citizens at the EU level, and improving connectivity between European countries.

EU Cohesion Monitor 2019: The untold story of European resilience (Commentary)

Almut Möller - 11 April 2019

ECFR’s newly released Cohesion Monitor charts a decade of upheaval in Europe – and reveals that European cohesion is now, in fact, stronger than in the pre-crisis year of 2007

A blueprint for measuring European cohesion (Commentary)

Christoph Klavehn - 11 April 2019

Learn about the methodological framework of the EU Cohesion Monitor and the quest for better pan-European data.

The unwavering European: Spain and its place in Europe (Commentary)

Laia Mestres - 05 April 2019

ECFR’s Coalition Explorer shows Spain to be an outlier in Europe – as it places great weight on foreign policy. But could new political turbulence thwart its ambitions once more?

Helsinki at the helm: How Finland could lead reform in Europe (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 04 April 2019

Finland’s presidency of the EU this year may turn out to be more reformist than many expect – including even Finland itself

When European politics becomes personal (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 03 April 2019

As the United Kingdom has hurtled ever closer to the Brexit cliff, once-abstract notions of a transcendent European identity have gained substance, and millions of people who still believe in the European project have come out in support of it. The question now is whether the European idea can win out over resurgent nationalism.

After Crimea: Does NATO have the means to defend Europe? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 02 April 2019

Military spending may now figure in public conversation about NATO. But the alliance, at 70 years old, still lacks military capabilities strong enough to protect Europe from Russia

NATO at 70: Celebration and introspection (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 02 April 2019

As NATO enters its eighth decade, it looks back on an impressive history of durability - and ahead to the challenge of wavering US commitment. 

Brexit is making Europe stronger (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 01 April 2019

The EU27 are holding together throughout the twists and turns of Brexit. This is simply because it is in their interest to do so