Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Associate
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe
Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.


English; French; German


Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. She is also the author of the book The Merkel Phenomenon (Das Phänomen Merkel, Körber-Stiftung Edition, 2013).

She worked for the International Herald Tribune from 2004 to 2011 as its Germany and East European Correspondent and from 2011 to September 2013 as columnist. Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels from 2001 onward, covering NATO and European Union enlargement. Between 1990 and 2001, she served as Jerusalem bureau chief (1996–2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent in London (1990–1992) for the Financial Times. During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist.

Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (Palgrave Macmillan and Duke University Press, 2007) and The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Handbook (Frederick Muller Ltd, 1985).

  • Strategic Europe September 28, 2016
    Judy Asks: Can Russia End the War in Syria?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Tusk
    Op-Ed Washington Post September 22, 2016
    Can the European Union’s Narrative Be Rescued?

    A series of crises engulfing the EU is fundamentally changing the narrative set out when the union was founded nearly sixty years ago.

  • Strategic Europe September 22, 2016
    The Ebbing of Democracy in the Western Balkans

    Only a major shift by the EU and international donors will salvage the Western Balkans from rampant corruption, growing authoritarianism, and instability.

  • Strategic Europe September 21, 2016
    Judy Asks: Does the UN Matter?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • syria
    Heinrich Böll Foundation September 20, 2016
    The European Union and Its Southern Neighborhood

    How can the EU reconcile its new policy of promoting stabilization and security in the Middle East with human rights and democratization?

  • Strategic Europe September 20, 2016
    Merkel After Berlin’s Regional Election

    The outcome of the German capital’s election doesn’t mean the end of the Merkel era. What the result shows is the miserable quality of the established political parties.

  • Strategic Europe September 16, 2016
    Europe’s New Narrative in Bratislava

    After Britain’s vote to leave the bloc, the European Union is changing its narrative to emphasize migration, terrorism, and globalization.

  • Strategic Europe September 14, 2016
    Judy Asks: Can Ukraine Turn the Corner?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Strategic Europe September 13, 2016
    Why Croatia Matters to the Western Balkans

    Dogged by corruption and an unattractive business environment, Croatia is no shining example for its Western Balkan neighbors wanting to join the EU.

  • Moldova
    Op-Ed Washington Post September 9, 2016
    How Corruption Is Driving Eastern Europe’s Brain Drain

    Migration from Eastern Europe to Western EU member states is partly driven by the corruption perpetuated by political elites and local oligarchs.

  • Deutsche Welle January 21, 2016
    Does Merkel Have a Plan B?

    The German chancellor’s open-door policy toward the refugees is a challenge to her leadership. As public debate gets harsher in Germany, will Angela Merkel opt for a plan B?

  • Poland
    Deutsche Welle January 8, 2016
    Crunch Year 2016: Can the EU Survive?

    The new year has hardly begun and, already, the EU is facing new crises.

  • Saudi Arabia
    Deutsche Welle December 17, 2015
    Saudi Arabia: A False Friend?

    For decades, Saudi Arabia has been one of the West’s key strategic partners in the Middle East. But is Saudi Arabia turning out to be a false friend?

  • Marine Le pen
    Deutsche Welle December 11, 2015
    The Rise of Populism: A Threat to Europe?

    The far-right National Front party gained ground in the last French regional election. Is the rise of populist parties a threat to Europe?

  • Erdogan; Turkey
    Deutsche Welle November 5, 2015
    Has Erdoğan Tightened His Grip on Power?

    Pollsters did not predict the scale of the AKP’s victory in Turkey’s November parliamentary election. But was the contest’s real winner the country’s president?

  • refugee
    Deutsche Welle October 29, 2015
    Refugee Crisis: New Walls for Europe?

    To control the flow of refugees, some European governments are thinking to build fences. Europe is putting up new walls, both physical and mental ones.

  • Merkel
    Deutsche Welle August 28, 2015
    A German Europe or a European Germany?

    If Germany gets too strong, it will be isolated. But if it is not strong enough, it can’t lead.

  • Refugees
    Deutsche Welle April 9, 2015
    Refugees in Germany - Angst on Both Sides

    What can society do to avoid situations similar to that in Tröglitz? What responsibility does the EU’s policy on refugees bear for current tensions?

  • Bibi
    Deutsche Welle March 12, 2015
    Will Israel Vote Change?

    In the final stages before Israel’s March 17 parliamentary election, the opposition is mobilizing against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. How will Israelis vote?

  • Pegida
    Deutsche Welle January 22, 2015
    Pegida Goes Europe: Fear Is the Key

    The Pegida movement has awoken Germany, but Islamophobia is a Europe-wide phenomenon whose roots lie in the alienation of citizens from politics.

  • June 14, 2016 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn
    Migrants vs. Natives and the Death of Europe’s Liberal, Secular Consensus

    Migration has tested the EU’s moral ground to the limits. What is at stake goes to the very heart of what it means to be European: a community of shared values, moral universalism, and liberal and secular consensus.

  • February 24, 2016 Carnegie Europe
    Will the EU Survive the Refugee Crisis?

    The refugee crisis unsettled the EU like no challenge before it. With the inflow of refugees likely to continue for years, migration may be the ultimate make-or-break issue for the EU.

  • event
    September 17, 2015 Carnegie Europe
    The Cost of European Security

    As a security vacuum in Europe grows, a wider, strategic question remains unanswered: Who is responsible for keeping Europe safe and free, and at what cost?

  • June 1, 2015 Brussels
    Ukraine Unrest: Unraveling Post–Cold War Order?

    Despite the Ukraine crisis being the most serious between Russia and the West since the Cold War, the West must not forget the importance of stable relations with Moscow.

  • March 2, 2015 Vienna
    The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?

    Ten years after its launch, it is time to rethink the European Neighborhood Policy. There is a need for greater differentiation and for more nimble and flexible instruments.

  • European Union
    November 20, 2014 Brussels, Silken Berlaymont Brussels Hotel
    A New Ambition for Europe

    With a new EU foreign policy high representative coming into office, it is high time for the EU to become the strategic actor it has set out to be.

  • NATO
    September 5, 2014 NATO Summit Wales, Newport, United Kingdom
    Carnegie Europe Live From the NATO Summit in Wales

    Carnegie Europe was on the ground at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4–5, giving our readers exclusive access to the high-level discussions as they unfold.

  • NATO
    July 3, 2014 Brussels
    NATO: In Search of a New Narrative

    It is time for NATO members to engage in a real strategic debate about why defense matters and what must be done to uphold both the transatlantic relationship and its values.

  • Sikorski; Techau; Dempsey
    May 12, 2014 Brussels, Hotel Silken Berlaymont
    EU Security Amid Crisis in Ukraine

    Recent events in Ukraine have been a stark reminder of the perennially fragile nature of stability and peace in Europe.

  • Munich Security Conference
    February 2, 2014 Munich
    Carnegie Live From the Munich Security Conference

    Carnegie was on the ground at the 50th annual Munich Security Conference to give readers exclusive access to the debates and discussions as they unfolded.

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