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.
Which are the most like-minded governments in the EU? Which governments have disappointed their peers? The Rethink: Europe EU28 survey provides answers
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
Poland appears to be firmly anchored among the six large member states of the EU, seen as more important than Spain
Rethink: Europe workshop on EU member state interaction discusses coalition survey results and EU power taxonomy
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
To qualify as an engine of integration, the two countries need to demonstrate their willingness to go it alone if need be.
Europe’s evolution, which is vital for our survival, can only be continued by overcoming the obstacle which the Greek crisis represents
Through the transformation of Greece, Germany and France can lay the foundation for a new culture of partnership and good governance in Europe
To lead the EU may seem like a burden; it is, in truth, an historic opportunity