Cohesion & Governance


  • The dark flip-side of European technocracy

    Mark Leonard - 1 June, 2012

    The elitist and technocractic nature of German politics means that the case for European integration is not being made to the German people. Worryingly this is also giving an opportunity for anti-EU populists to gain influence.  

    Two dangerous myths about a 'Grexit'

    Sebastian Dullien - 17 May, 2012

    Two myths about a Greek exit from the euro have recently gained traction. Both are misguided and both are extremely dangerous. Here are the reasons why.  

    Hollande has reinvented politics in Europe

    Thomas Klau - 8 May, 2012

    The implosion of Greece's party political landscape and the victory of François Hollande in France transformed the political debate in Europe. Moreover, both events act as a catalyst for a political reinvention of the eurozone and an emergence of a transnational…

    Making the case for a 'federation lite'

    Marco de Andreis - 3 May, 2012

    The European financial crisis has refocused the debate on the nature of Europe’s political union. Emma Bonino and Marco de Andreis make the case that a ‘lite’ version of federation may provide a viable and practical solution to the euro crisis.   

    Poland: fully engaged in Europe

    Radosław Sikorski - 17 April, 2012

    Deeper EU integration is a sensible way forward but Poland will not support the institutionalisation of a two-speed Europe. The imperative for closer cooperation between the euro zone members should not be a means of dismantling the EU.  

    The sick man of Europe is Europe

    Justin Vaisse - 20 February, 2012

    The ECFR Scorecard 2012 shows that Europe's power is waning - and if the continent doesn't get its act together soon, it could put the global order in serious jeopardy.  

    Ten trends for 2012

    ECFR - 21 December, 2011

    After a frenetic 2011, what are the big trends that are going to shape Europe and the wider world in 2012? Here are ten that ECFR experts think are likely - and one widely predicted trend that we don't think will happen...  

    Democracy put to the test

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 24 November, 2011

    Just as the mechanisms that made democracy function in city states were not adequate for governing nation states, representative democracies today are showing themselves incapable of managing, effectively and democratically, the system that is emerging in Europe.  

    Four Scenarios for the Reinvention of Europe

    Mark Leonard - 23 November, 2011

    The impossible is also necessary if the euro and Europe are to be saved

    To get out of this crisis we need to rebuild Europe from scratch

    22 November, 2011

    The answer to the EU's current problems is to rebuild from scratch, replacing the existing EU with a new, two layered structure with an inner and an outer core.