Justinas Mickus - 21 October, 2020
Russia and the eastern neighbourhood are Lithuania’s top foreign policy priorities, even in a global pandemic.
Pawel Zerka - 19 October, 2020
Sweden needs to stay flexible – and avoid getting stuck in one coalition – if it wants to use its power in the EU to the fullest.
Clara Sophie Cramer - 5 October, 2020
The German Council presidency should work within a coalition of the willing to find a solution on migration.
Pawel Zerka - 23 September, 2020
The French and Polish governments are at loggerheads over questions of values and foreign policy. But each side can take steps to renew relations.
Pawel Zerka - 15 September, 2020
It would be premature to conclude that the frugal four are, or will remain, happy about the EU’s budgetary deal.
Rafael Loss - 11 September, 2020
It is in the British prime minister’s interests to carry on a ‘war with Brussels’, no matter how tired EU leaders already are of the issue.
Catharina Sørensen - 7 September, 2020
Brexit has denied Denmark a regular ally in EU negotiations. Copenhagen can find new friends – but it should start the hard yards now.
View from the Council
Hanna Ojanen - 4 September, 2020
Recent signs that Finland has joined the “frugal four” are overstated, but one member of the group may well be its closest coalition partner.
The EU Coalition Explorer survey reveals the importance of Germany and France within the EU, and the impact they can have when they cooperate with each other.
Pawel Zerka - 8 July, 2020
ECFR research into how EU member states and institutions worked together at the height of covid-19 confirms Germany was the bloc’s undisputed crisis leader
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.
In this week’s episode, Mark Leonard presents the new and third edition of ECFR´s Coalition explorer, which also included special questions regarding the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Together with policy fellows Ulrike Franke and Pawel Zerka, he analyses the collected data in-depth, answering the question of France’s and Germany´s role within the EU: How are the two countries perceived by their European partners? How can this power tandem influence EU policy-making? And what kind of new coalition patterns did emerge during the covid-19 crisis?
Browse the EU Coalition Explorer!
Further reading: The big engine that might: How France and Germany can build a geopolitical Europe by Ulrike Franke and Jana Puglierin
The EU Coalition Explorer was developed within ECFR’s Rethink: Europe” project supported by Stiftung Mercator.
This podcast was recorded on 31 July 2020.
- “In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy” by Katrina Forrester
- “Recursion” by Blake Crouch
- “Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist” by Niall Ferguson
- “Normal People” and “Conversation with friends” by Sally Rooney
The coronavirus crisis brought about financial hardship for the European Union, and many agree that a recovery fund would be needed to overcome it. In the beginning, countries like Italy and Spain, in particular, felt left alone in dealing with this health, social and economic crisis. And still, support for financial burden-sharing is low in the “frugal” countries which would be the net contributors to such a recovery fund. But does this mean there is a general lack of solidarity in Europe? Can solidarity go in line with member states’ self-interest? In this week’s podcast Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR’s heads of offices Jana Puglierin (Berlin), Arturo Varvelli (Rome) and José Ignacio Torreblanca (Madrid) to discuss how solidarity is perceived across Europe and what ECFR’s Solidarity Tracker can teach us about pan-European solidarity during the covid-19 crisis.
Find the European Solidarity Tracker here.
This podcast was recorded on 17 June 2020.
“Forget Hamilton. This Is Europe’s Calonne Moment.” by Trevor Jackson in Foreign Policy
“Russisches Roulette: Vom Kalten Krieg zum Kalten Frieden” by Horst Teltschik
“Germany and the European Union: Europe's Reluctant Hegemon?” by Simon Bulmer, William E. Paterson
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