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 June 30, 2016
    Polish-German Relations After Brexit

    Britain’s decision to leave the EU is a chance for Poland and Germany to work more closely together for Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

  • Strategic Europe June 29, 2016
    Judy Asks: Is Brexit Reversible?

    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 June 27, 2016
    Brexit’s Hangover

    Just when unity is needed more than ever, EU leaders are divided over when and at what pace negotiations for Britain to leave the union should take place.

  • Strategic Europe June 24, 2016 中文
    The British Vote No to Europe

    Europe will be profoundly changed by the decision of the British to leave the European Union.

  • Strategic Europe June 22, 2016
    Judy Asks: Will the UK Referendum Irreparably Damage Europe?

    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 June 20, 2016
    Georgia’s NATO, EU, and Russia Challenge

    If Georgia’s prime minister wants to be reelected later in 2016, he’s going to need something from the EU and NATO.

  • Georgia
    Op-Ed Washington Post June 17, 2016
    NATO and the EU Desert Georgia

    Georgia’s ruling party desperately needs something from the West to spur growth and employment, especially as disillusionment with NATO and the EU grows.

  • Strategic Europe June 15, 2016
    Judy Asks: Has the West Forgotten Ukraine?

    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 June 13, 2016
    Poland Turning Away From Old Europe

    Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party has embarked on a deep reform of the state aimed at strengthening the nation’s sovereignty and challenging the EU.

  • Strategic Europe June 9, 2016
    The Sorry State of Europe Before the British Referendum

    A new survey shows that the EU’s big member states want to transfer more powers from Brussels back to national capitals.

  • 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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