European Council on Foreign Relations
The Eurosceptic surge and how to respond to it, a publication by Mark Leonard and José Ignacio Torreblanca
  • Commentaries

    Act tough, think big: time to end the European illusion

    By Maurice Fraser - 19 February 2014

    If the EU wants to make its way towards serious credibility as an international actor, it must stop thinking exclusively in terms of soft power when it comes to foreign policy.

    The revenge of the German elite

    By Mark Leonard - 05 February 2014

    Germany's foreign policy establishment responds to accusations of introversion, raising questions about the consequences of a reactivation of German foreign policy with more clearly defined interests.

    Britain’s Bulgaria-Romania phobia

    By Dimitar Bechev - 06 January 2014

    The panic in Britain over prospective Bulgarian and Romanian immigration is based on a misunderstanding of European rules. It is also at odds with the country's best traditions.

    Ukraine and Bulgaria show power of EU model

    By Dimitar Bechev - 09 December 2013

    There are still countries in Europe where protestors enthusiastically wave the EU's star-studded flag rather than burning it in anger. These days Kiev's embattled EuroMaidan is as much the heart of the Union as the Schuman roundabout in Brussels. So who said Europe lacks a story and a cause?

    What does the German coalition agreement mean for the eurozone?

    By Sebastian Dullien - 29 November 2013

    From a European perspective, the German coalition agreement is better that the status quo – but it does not contribute to the economic recovery of the eurozone, and it is disappointing when it comes to banking union.

    Europe’s self-hating parliament

    By Mark Leonard - 21 November 2013

    The Eurosceptics do not support the existence of the EU and by extension they oppose the European Parliament, into which they are seeking election. If, as polls predict, Eurosceptics emerge with strong support, we may see a “self-hating Parliament” that ultimately wants to secure its own abolition.

    Bulgaria: students to the rescue

    By Dimitar Bechev - 20 November 2013

    Mistrust is the basic idiom of Bulgarian politics. The prolonged crisis in Bulgaria exposes the bankruptcy of an entire political system in desperate need of renewal.

    Does more Merkel mean less Europe?

    By Jose Ignacio Torreblanca - 01 October 2013

    If Angela Merkel’s astounding electoral success is owed to her synchrony with the average German, then there is every reason to suspect that the new government will not deviate much from the preferences of the median German voter.

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  • Reinvention of Europe programme in the Press


    SRF - 16 April 2014

    Josef Janning on separatist tendencies in Europe

    El Mundo - 14 April 2014

    Borjas Lasheras analyses  the 5 dilemmas of the next NATO summit in Cardiff

    El País - 12 April 2014

    Borja Lasheras is quoted in an article about NATO and Russian relations

    Financial Times - 10 April 2014

    Ivan Krastev on Viktor Orban's victory in Hungary.

    El País - 27 March 2014

    Torreblanca at an ECFR event on how pro-europeans should learn from Euroskeptics

    Les Echos - 17 March 2014

    Stefan Meister is quoted on the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin. 


The Reinvention of Europe Programme aims to look at and debate the political issues facing Europe in crisis and in so doing build a positive agenda to help Europe play a major role on the world stage. Research has looked at Germany’s role in Europe, the rise of euro-scepticism, institutional change and the economics of the crisis.