Article by dr Adama Kirpszy has been published in "Comparative European Politics"

We are pleased to announce that the journal "Comparative European Politics" (CEP) published an article by a member of the JMC EUCRIS team, dr Adam Kirpsza, titled Better together? Explaining Poland’s and Germany’s bargaining success in EU lawmaking. The article demonstrates using statistical modeling that Poland and Germany must cooperate if they want to win in the EU. Of all the largest member states, only the Polish-German coalition significantly increases the success of Poland and Germany in the EU legislative process.


The article seeks to explain the bargaining success of Poland and Germany in EU lawmaking. Specifically, it explores how the similarity of Poland’s and Germany’s preferences affects their bargaining success and whether it is more beneficial than their proximity to other member states holding the highest voting power. The analysis conducted on the DEUII dataset leads to three conclusions. First, there is a strong discrepancy between Poland’s and Germany’s preferences. Second, despite having divergent preferences, both Poland and Germany are more successful when they approximate or hold similar positions on EU legislation. Importantly, this relationship is robust to the extremity of their preferences, the status quo position, their closeness to the Parliament and Commission, the proposal’s multidimensionality, procedure or policy area. Third, bringing preferences closer provides both Poland and Germany with higher success than moving their policy positions towards other pivotal member states, namely France, the UK (except for Poland), Italy and Spain. Overall, the paper demonstrates that mutual cooperation (i.e. the approximation or exchange of preferences) is extremely profitable for Poland and Germany as their success is strongly dependent on the level of similarity of their preferences, irrespective of other negotiating conditions and relations with pivotal actors