Cohesion & Governance


About Cohesion and Governance

From analysing the implications of the Brexit decision for future cooperation between the EU and UK, to taking stock of the increasingly authoritarian political developments in Poland and Hungary; to assessing the impact of elections in core member states such as France and Germany, the Cohesion and Governance pillar of ECFR’s European Power programme provides the bedrock of understanding of the EU political landscape on which our foreign policy recommendations are based.

This analysis draws in the expertise in ECFR’s seven national offices, as well as from our network of associate national researchers across the 28 EU member states. One of our three key tools is the flash scorecard, in which we survey policymakers and experts on the same question across the member states in order to present a pan European picture on a policy challenge. In our work exploring the impact of support for populist parties on foreign policy making in Europe, we have extended these surveys to include anti-establishment parties outside the mainstream.

Our Rethink project, supported by the Mercator Stiftung, has developed two further groundbreaking tools to help foreign policymakers to move pan-European initiatives forward. The Coalition Explorer provides an interactive analysis of the potential for and practicalities of member state interaction at government level on policy challenges. The Cohesion Monitor uses open source data to inform users of the potential for co-operation between EU states, on the basis of their economic, social and political vital statistics.