Spain: Southern Europe’s underrated player (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 02 June 2016
In light of its demographic and economic weight and in view of its location at the crossroads of Europe and North Africa, Spain seems to be underrated in the current line-up of the large EU member states.
The European border guard: New in name only? (Commentary)
Angeliki Dimitriadi - 02 June 2016
The migrant crisis has spurred reforms to Europe’s border agency Frontex, but it can only be as strong as member states allow it to be.
EU Cohesion Monitor in Berlin vorgestellt: Wie viel EU steckt in Europa?
Berlin - 11 May 16
Wie viel EU steckt in Europa? Wir diskutieren zur Vorstellung des EU Cohesion Montior den Zusammenhalt Europas.
Berlin Foreign Policy Club: Ökonomie der Flüchtlingskrise
Berlin - 10 May 16
The Berlin Foreign Policy Club in May invited Sebastian Dullien to present his new paper about the economic dimension of the refugee crisis to discuss the current trends and possible future for Europe.
by Sebastian Dullien - 28th April, 2016
Europe can more sustainably and cost-efficiently handle refugee arrivals by centralising management at a European level
What does Germany think about its role in Europe? (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 13 November 2015
With Germany's pivotal role in Europe crystallising in the face of the EU's crises, an expert survey reveals how German policymakers feel about their partners
Europe’s cohesion is lost in the Balkan’s quagmire (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 29 October 2015
Not too long ago the main concern about Europe seemed to be its super-state potential - the time has come to seriously worry about the opposite scenario.
Are spheres of influence still in? The EU and external security (Commentary)
Pawel Zerka - 10 August 2018
The security perceptions scorecard highlights the EU's ability and willingness to act as a security provider, depending on the region
Poland, Hungary, and the slipping façade of democracy (Commentary)
Piotr Buras - 11 July 2018
The EU has thus far been unable to prevent democratic backsliding - what will it do in Hungary and Poland?
The migration crisis is not just about Merkel (Commentary)
Almut Möller - 29 June 2018
Take a look at the German party system – including the AfD’s role as largest opposition party – to understand the faultlines running under the chatter about Merkel.
Ideology first: Italy’s troubled approach to migration (Commentary)
Stefano M. Torelli - 11 June 2018
Far from leading to substantive reforms, Rome’s new line on immigration risks deepening the rift in the EU.
Merkel and Macron: edging towards change? (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 07 June 2018
Angela Merkel finally responds to Emmanuel Macron’s Europe reform plans – but through the pages of a newspaper, and in only the most guarded of terms.
Conservatives without a cause? The German youth’s view and what it means for Europe (Commentary)
Ulrike Esther Franke - 23 April 2018
Retaining what they have is largely enough for millennials – despite the fact that the majority feels that the EU is not on the right path.
Orbán 3.0: What to expect next (Commentary)
Zsuzsanna Végh - 13 April 2018
Viktor Orbán’s post-victory intentions are clear: to extend Fidesz control over civil society and remaining independent media outlets. The stage is now set for the EU – with European People’s Party MEPs holding the balance – to take action on further violations of democratic principles and values.
Hungary in the EU: From front runner to veto player (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 04 April 2018
A convincing victory for Victor Orban will reinforce the Hungarian veto role in the EU. However, the country has only marginal influence beyond its neighbourhood on EU policies.
There Is Life for the EU After Brexit (Commentary)
Caroline de Gruyter - 28 March 2018
The political ballgame in Europe will change profoundly after Brexit. A clear realignment is already apparent as the dynamics between smaller member states, in particular, begins to shift.
Italy: Following Britain towards the exit? (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 02 March 2018
With elections approaching, the fact that Italy’s EU cohesion profile is approaching Britain’s is cause for grave concern across Europe.
Trump and Europe: Dilemmas of discontinuity (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 19 January 2017
If Germany was the EU’s lonely leader a year ago, it is even more so now.
Was Europa zusammenhält
Berlin - 20 Sep 16
Wie sehen die Menschen in den Niederlanden, Spanien und Ungarn den Zusammenhalt in der Europäischen Union? Eine Bestandsaufnahme stellen Autoren aus diesen drei EU-Mitgliedstaaten vor und knüpfen so an den im Frühjahr 2016 vorgestellten EU Cohesion Monitor an.
Presentation of the EU Cohesion Monitor at the European Academy Berlin
Berlin - 13 Jun 16
On 8 June, the EU Cohesion Monitor was presented at the European Academy Berlin. The discussion especially focused on Hungary.
The overconfident new president: Austria’s coalition-building challenges (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 16 August 2018
Austria has few potential coalition partners who share its European policy priorities
The roots of coalitions: Like-mindedness among EU member states (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 07 August 2018
The EU28 survey explores Europe’s five power couples and potential strong bilateral partnerships
Mimicking membership: London’s need for a new coalition-building strategy (Commentary)
Almut Möller - 01 August 2018
New data show who in the EU is disappointed by the UK, and which common interests are worth fighting for pre-Brexit
Consensus and the Franco-German engine: New perceptions of European cooperation (Commentary)
Almut Möller - 18 July 2018
The pressure is on for Paris and Berlin to deliver beyond less controversial issues like common digital, climate, or border and coastguard policies.
Migration dominates EU priorities through 2023 (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 09 July 2018
EU policy professionals prioritise EU-internal topics over traditional foreign policy according to latest results of ECFR’s EU28 Survey
What are the dynamics between EU heavyweights in the face of Brexit? (Commentary)
Christel Zunneberg - 16 August 2017
The Franco-German axis, the Big Three and the Weimar Triangle, are all well-known constellations of European heavyweights. ECFR’s EU28 Survey allows for dissecting the complex relations within ‘the Big Six’, evaluating these and other bilateral and trilateral inter-group relationships in the face of the Brexit.
The end of Angst: Germany is ready to lead in Europe (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 08 June 2017
European crises have galvanised German support for the Union, and spurred a new appetite to lead by example.
EU Coalition Explorer
by Rethink: Europe - 22nd May, 2017
The EU Coalition Explorer shows the potential for future coalition building between the EU member states.
Scenarios for Europe: Deciphering Juncker’s White Paper (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 03 March 2017
What future for Europe does Jean Claude Juncker want?
German-Dutch relationship key to EU coalition building (Commentary)
Christel Zunneberg - 16 January 2017
Better coalition-building among European countries is called as polarisation erodes European solidarity and cooperation.
The Netherlands: The EU’s hidden coalition champion (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 16 June 2016
The experts surveyed by ECFR see the Netherlands as the most influential of the affluent smaller member states. Over 50 percent of the respondents rank the Netherlands as the most influential of the seven, and more than 75 percent rank it either first or second.
Rethink: Europe EU28 survey (Commentary)
- 06 June 2016
Which are the most like-minded governments in the EU? Which governments have disappointed their peers? The Rethink: Europe EU28 survey provides answers.
Courting Nero: Macron, Merkel, and the state of relations with Trump (Commentary)
Josef Janning - 03 May 2018
Trips to Washington by the French and German leaders made barely a dent in Trump’s attitude towards his own close allies
The European budget talks: Financial threat to a global Europe (Commentary)
Susi Dennison - 16 April 2018
Although talks on the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) might appear dull on the surface, we should force ourselves to take notice of them and emphasise the long-term importance of the external tranche of the budget.
Transatlantic survey: Europeans and Americans fearful of “Trump factor” (Commentary)
Wiebke Ewering - 19 January 2017
What are the expectations and concerns of Americans and Europeans regarding President Trump?
Strategy group on EU policy towards Asia
Warsaw - 23 Jun 15
As part of its analysis of external challenges for Europe’s cohesion and capacity to act, Rethink: Europe hosted an informal scenario workshop in Warsaw on the future of European foreign policy in light of the shifting power balance in Asia.
Strategy group on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy
Brussels - 19 May 15
As the EU formally reviews its approach to its neighbourhood, Rethink: Europe convened a strategy group in Brussels on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).