Ukraine and the EU are closer than ever before. But events over the last four years have also shown how far apart they still are in economic capacity, governance, and their visions for the future.
Despite illiberal trends in Europe, surveys suggest citizens are becoming more engaged. The overall picture is one of both crisis and renewal.
Ukraine’s armed forces are better than ever before. However, major problems remain, all of which stem from internal political struggles and the continuing weakness of state structures.
Transforming Ukraine’s energy sector is essential to strengthening the country’s economic and national security. Despite intensified efforts and some recent progress, the outlook is troubled.
Volunteer activities in Ukraine have decreased since 2014. While civic activists have not given up, serious concerns persist about Ukrainian civil society's impact.
If NATO is to remain effective, the security needs of its Southern neighborhood must be countered by a more sustainable and ambitious strategy.
Authoritarian trends in Hungary and Poland threaten the EU more than Brexit does because they undermine the union’s legal foundations. Other EU governments need to defend the rule of law more actively.
U.S. President Donald Trump is unpopular in Germany, but Berlin will likely continue to cooperate with Washington where interests align and criticize U.S. policies it disagrees with.
Germany has become a key target of Russia’s attempts to influence decisionmakers and agitate populations in the West. Berlin should take steps to deal with these threats.
European leaders should convert their newfound confidence into positive energy to develop realistic solutions to the challenges that continue to plague the EU.
Europe should avoid letting dissatisfaction with Trump’s Paris decision cloud the broader transatlantic energy and climate agenda.
Brussels and Ankara should focus on a package of four short- to medium-term priorities to halt the recent degradation in bilateral relations.
As London and Brussels prepare to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU, both sides need to tone down their confrontational rhetoric and adopt a more constructive approach.
Europe may need to start planning for defense of the continent without the United States, but first it should do its utmost to prevent Trump from turning his back on NATO.
As the Trump administration finds its feet on foreign policy, there are both promising and worrying signs to which Europeans should pay close attention.
Citizens across Europe are taking to the streets and the Internet to counter the Euroskeptic and anti-immigrant messages of far-right populists and nationalists.
Sixty years after its founding treaty was signed, the EU has lost much of its original appeal. The union needs a bold new narrative to put European integration back on track.
Decentralization reforms in Ukraine have begun to deliver results, but the government in Kyiv needs to find creative ways to ensure successful completion of the process.
If Europe adopts U.S. President Donald Trump’s restrictive approach to immigration, it could destabilize European societies and put the EU’s survival at risk.
The Trump administration’s unclear and conflicting views on Iran could jeopardize the nuclear deal and threaten critical relations with European allies.