Note from Berlin
Jana Puglierin - 28 April, 2020
Berlin has quietly made concessions to new calls for greater solidarity. But back home this consensus may not last forever.
Negotiations over the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 – 2027 just have started. But as tensions and divergences between the EU member states are rising, a final agreement seems considerably far away for now. The European Union is subject to a series of…
Jana Puglierin - 20 February, 2020
To hope that German defence policy will become more French is equivalent to waiting for Godot.
Note from Berlin
Jana Puglierin - 13 February, 2020
The grand coalition will continue to be a kind of caretaker government in its lack of a big foreign policy vision.
Views from the Council
Zdeněk Hřib, Gergely Karácsony, Rafał Trzaskowski, Matúš Vallo - 16 December, 2019
A new “Pact of Free Cities” is launching to combat populism, promote transparency, and tackle the climate crisis.
Note from Berlin
Josef Janning - 8 November, 2019
Berlin has turned punching below one’s weight into an art form. This is not good enough, either for Germany or for Europe.
Fragmentation in the EU makes it increasingly difficult for member states to build coalitions. The EU Coalition Explorer reveals potential new groupings.
Josef Janning - 5 February, 2018
Despite financial and refugee crises, research suggests the European Union is getting stronger, not weaker.
Christoph Klavehn, Josef Janning, Christel Zunneberg - 16 October, 2017
New essay collection points way to potential coalitions for flexible European cooperation
Josef Janning & Christel Zunneberg - 22 May, 2017
Survey of experts in 28 capitals illuminates the complex network of relationships among EU member states.
Josef Janning (editor) - 20 September, 2016
This volume reflects the diversity of European cohesion. It provides the national context and personal assessments from 28 EU member states.
Sebastian Dullien - 28 April, 2016
Europe can more sustainably and cost-efficiently handle refugee arrivals by centralising management at a European level
Negotiations over the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021 – 2027 just have started. But as tensions and divergences between the EU member states are rising, a final agreement seems considerably far away for now. The European Union is subject to a series of unprecedented constraints, the most significant one being the UK’s departure and the withdrawal of the money it once granted. Still, the implications of the budget allocation are manifold and extremely far-reaching. It will affect major themes which stand at the very basis of the Union and its future role on the global stage, such as national sovereignty, climate and innovation. Our Director Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR co-chair and director of the Danish think tank EUROPA Lykke Friis, as well as ECFR experts Jonathan Hackenbroich and Pawel Zerka to dissect the ongoing status of the discussions.
This podcast was recorded on 25 February 2020.
Inspired by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, here are some recommendations by our podcast crew on what to read during the long hours of MFF negotiations:
- "Den nya oredans tid" by Carl Bildt
- "The three escapes by Hannah Arendt" by Ken Krimstein
- "The books of Jacob" by Olga Tokarczuk
- "Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System" by Barry Eichengreen
- "Håbets Europa" by Lykke Friis
- "En kuffert i Berlin: Rejse i Angela Merkels Tyskland" by Lykke Friis
Mark Leonard speaks with Craig Kennedy, Jeremy Shapiro and Anna Kuchenbecker about the election results and Donald Trump's tenure. The podcast was recorded on 8th November 2018.
What does Angela Merkel’s decision to stand down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) mean for Germany and Europe? Mark Leonard discusses with Josef Janning and Susi Dennison the political implications, and expectations for party leadership: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz, Jens Spahn.
The podcast was recorded on 31 October 2018.
Eine Podiumsdiskussion mit
Anne-Marie Descôtes, Botschafterin der Französischen Republik in Deutschland
Michael Roth, Staatsminister für Europa, Auswärtiges Amt
Moderation: Lykke Friis, Korrespondentin Berlingske, dänische Ministerin für Klima und Energie a.D.
Input: Josef Janning, Leiter ECFR Berlin und Senior Policy Fellow
Mehr Informationen unter: https://www.ecfr.eu/eucoalitionexplorer
ECFR’s EU28 Survey reveals the interactions, perceptions, and chemistry between the 28 EU member states. This week, Mark Leonard joins Josef Janning, Christoph Klavehn and Almut Möller to discuss findings of the expert poll that will be published in the “EU Coalition Explorer” on Thursday, 30 October 2018.
- EU Coalition Explorer (Stay tuned for the new edition on 30 October)
- Country analyses with data from the EU28 Survey by Josef Janning and Almut Möller
- Poems by Tomáš Kafka
- 1815 Waterloo by Thierry Lentz
This podcast was recorded on 25 October.
Mark Leonard speaks with Josef Janning, Silvia Francescon, Piotr Buras and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about the major rift between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister over migrant policy.
L'Ordre du jour by Eric Vuillard
The Miracle Of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman
The Mask it Wears by Pankaj Mishra