Two constituencies in Central Europe are essential to countering authoritarian tendencies in the region—and preventing centrist voters from being pushed toward the anti-EU fringe.
President Erdoğan is now projecting a foreign policy in which Turkey is described as being part of the solution to crises. In reality, it’s about winning foreign support to compensate for the mounting political and economic tensions at home.
Peace is back on the table in the Balkans. Bekim Çollaku, chief of staff to Kosovo’s president, discusses ongoing negotiations with Serbia and a controversial proposal to redraw their borders. And Strategic Europe’s Judy Dempsey shares her view on what comes next for the region.
Negotiations on the EU’s next budget may help address some of the most pressing needs for EU reform. But the technical nature of these talks cannot provide a convincing narrative about the future of Europe.