Governance Lab

The Netherlands: The EU’s hidden coalition champion

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

Which are the most like-minded governments in the EU? Which governments have disappointed their peers? The Rethink: Europe EU28 survey provides answers

Spain: Southern Europe’s underrated player

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: Europe’s unlikely influencer

Poland appears to be firmly anchored among the six large member states of the EU, seen as more important than Spain

What does Germany think about its role in Europe?

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

Time for great gestures

Through the transformation of Greece, Germany and France can lay the foundation for a new culture of partnership and good governance in Europe