Public Affairs Commentary

Kelemen writes commentary on European affairs for a number of newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Below is a selection of recent articles. For more, see his author pages on Politico, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and VerfassungsBlog.

He can be followed on Twitter @rdanielkelemen

Selected Recent Commentary

"Will Brussels Stop Funding Autocracy?,” Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 13 April 2022.

"Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is Remaking Europe,” Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 28 February 2022. with Kathleen McNamara.

“The Curious Case of the EU’s Disappearing Infringements,” Politico Europe, 13 January 2022. with Tommaso Pavone.

“The Other Side of Angela Merkel,” Foreign Policy, 9 July 2021. with Matthias Matthijs.

“The EU Commission Has to Cut Funding to Hungary: The Legal Case, Study solicited by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, 7 July 2021. with Kim Scheppele and John Morijn.

  • Press coverage of this report in dozens of newspapers across europe including Financial Times, The Guaridan, Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Volkskrant, De Morgen, Der Standard and Népszava

“Time to Call Hungary and Poland’s Bluff,” Politico Europe, 19 November 2020.

“Von der Leyen is Weak on Rule of Law,” Politico Europe, 21 September 2020.

“Europe’s Faustian Union,” Foreign Policy, 30 July 2020.

  • Reprinted in Greece, “Η Φαουστιανή Ενωση της Ευρώπης,” Kathemerini, 1 August 2020; Romania, “Uniunea faustică a Europei,”România liberă, 1 August 2020; Macedonia, “Evropska faustovska unija,” Vijesti, 3 August 2020; Hungary, “Európa fausti uniója,” Népszava, 6 August 2020.

“Der Lieblingsautokrat von CDU und CSU” [The favorite autocrat of the CDU and CSU], with Christopher Wratil, Die Welt, 3 June 2020.

“National Courts Cannot Override CJEU Judgments: A Joint Statement in Defense of the EU Legal Order,” co-authored with Eeckhout, Piet, Fabbrini, Federico, Pech, Laurent; Uitz, Renáta: Verfassungsblog, 2020/5/26

  • Reprinted in Spain, “La supremacía del derecho comunitario,” El Pais 30 May 2020; Italy, “Il Diritto UE Batte Quello Dei Singoli Stati,” Il Sole 24 Ore, 30 May 2020; Poland, “Prawnicy: Sądy krajowe nie mogą rościć sobie pierwszeństwa wobec TSUE,” Rzeczpospolita, 1 June 2020; Ireland, “National Courts Cannot Override CJEU Judgments,” The Irish Times, 31 May 2020; Greece, “Τα εθνικά δικαστήρια δεν μπορούν να παρακάμπτουν τις αποφάσεις του ΔΕΕ,”, 30 May 2020; and France, “Les juridictions nationales doivent respecter les arrêts de la CJUE,”, 8 June 2020.

“With one court decision, Germany may be plunging Europe into a constitutional crisis,” with Federico Fabbrini, The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 7 May 2020.

“El corona-golpe de estado de Orbán,” La Vanguardia, Spain, 5 April 2020.

  • Reprinted in Slovenia, “Najstarejši trik avtokracije,” Delo, 9 April 2020, and Slovakia, “Orbánov koronový prevrat,” DennikN, 2 April 2020.

“Hungary Just Became a Coronavirus Autocracy,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 2 April 2020.

“The Perils of Passivity in the Rule of Law Crisis: A Response to Von Bogdandy,” with Cassandra Emmons and Tommaso Pavone. Verfassungsblog, 26 November 2019.