Reconnecting Europe

Hungary: a Foreign Policy Stress-Test Case for NATO and the European Union?


The foreign policy of the new Orbán government is rather 'obstructionist' than constructive. Orbán aims to create a sphere of influence on the Western Balkans and together with Poland form an Eastern block against the central European power. He is also inclined to make frequent use of it's veto right towards the EU.

By Péter Krekó

Pitfalls of Eurasian Multiculturalism


Putin’s regime promotes a vision of Russia as a state of Eurasian civilisation. According to him multiculturalism is an integral part of the Russian identity. But the large Muslim population is considered as second-class Russian.

By Adam Balcer

Is ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ still a Priority for the EU?


Saving the lives of refugees and other migrants has been reiterated as a number one priority within the European Agenda on Migration. This document puts ‘saving lives at sea’ above fighting migrant smuggling, relocation and resettlement, stating that ‘Europe cannot stand by whilst lives are being lost.’ 

By Lina Vosyliūtė

Eurozone Reform Proposals: Not Quite the Way Forward!

Since the financial crisis erupted in 2008 the need for a Eurozone reform became obvious. The article discusses the creation of a European Monetary Fund (EMF) or the deepening of the Banking Union as possible solutions.

By Ricardo Cabral, Viriato Soromenho-Marques

The End of the Concept of ‘the West’?

The West is more and more devided and global strategic interests are diverging. The impact of the US President on views and transatlantic trust is significant. Protectionism and populism undermine Western relations. 

By Vessela Tcherneva

The EU, Ukrainian Cossacks and the Rule of Law

The Ukraine is weakened, corruption is flourishing, weapons are massively circulating since the Donbas conflict and migrants are pushing to pass the borders. But the civil society is strong, an opportunity for EU to support civil action.

By Adam Balcer

The Ideological Zealots of Brexit

British Euroscepticism is not nessecarily xenophobic or isolationist but grounds on a feeling of loss of political, economic and legislative sovereignity and the perception of EU supremacy.

By James Bartholomeusz

Eurozone Reform: Between Hope and ‘Mission Impossible'

What would be a successful turning point in the Eurozone’s institutional structure? Shifts in high official positions in the Eurozone administration will introduce new priorities when it comes to safeguard and promote democratic values, overcome economic divergences and (re)build social trust.


By Viriato Soromenho-Marques, Ricardo Cabral

Our bloggers

  • Professor Viriato Soromenho-Marques, University of Lisbon: Eurozone Professor; and Ricardo Cabral, University of Madeira: Eurozone 
  • Adam Balcer, Foreign Policy Project Manager Wise-Europe: Warsaw: EU-Russia Relations and Eastern Partnership 
  • Charlotte Joppien is a political anthropologist and managing co-director at Türkei Europa Zentrum at Hamburg University: Turkey and Southern Neighbourhood
  • Vessela Tcherneva, ECFR's Programme Director and Head of ECFR Sofia Office: transatlantic relations 
  • James Bartholomeusz, environmental campaigner: Brexit
  • Péter Krekó, director of Political Capital Institute, Budapest: populism
  • Annalisa Buscaini, advocacy programme specialist, Open Society European Policy Institute: migration and asylum 
  • Lina Vosyliūtė, researcher on justice and home affairs issues in the EU; and Jennifer Allsopp, writer and researcher working on migration, gender and social policy: democracy and solidarity within EU 
  • Jean Lambert, MEP, Green Member for London: Brexit