To make progress on stamping out corruption, Ukraine requires targeted reform of the powerful institutions that perpetuate corrupt practices, particularly the justice system.
Ukraine’s reformers have largely ignored the key issue of the separation of powers. The EU should help put this important priority back on the agenda.
Migration will likely be the ultimate make-or-break issue for the European Union. Member states can tackle this challenge only through cooperative, collective action.
European integration has made Luxembourg prosperous. But at the same time, the country’s ailments are often signs of a broader European malaise.
The EU’s structural underperformance in classic foreign policy is unlikely to end anytime soon. Being an occasional power is as much a state of affairs as it is a state of mind.
There are growing calls for an EU policy that can confront the drivers of instability in the Middle East. But such a policy is unlikely to emerge anytime soon.
As populism has grown in many EU countries, demands have proliferated for referenda to check European integration. The pressure for more direct democracy is stepping up.
The Syrian refugee crisis is no longer a short-term regional issue: it is a long-term international problem that deserves a coordinated answer, especially from the EU.
The EU needs to remold its support for fundamental political reform in Eastern Partnership partner states—and use this as a firmer base from which to assuage tensions with Russia.
The EU’s perspective and action are clearly global in nature. However, the scope of the union’s international ambitions remains uncertain.
Tunisia’s government has a rocky road ahead. Along the way, the country can look to the West—in particular, to the EU—for support.
The Ukraine crisis has revealed both the strengths of German foreign policy—diplomatic skill and economic power—and its weakness—a lack of military muscle.
European policymakers have been using trade policy as a substitute for security policy. That is ineffective, and it is time to reset the balance between the two.
A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for a more effective EU policy in an unraveling region.
The EU’s approach to the post-Soviet space has failed. The union and its member states need to design a new Eastern policy that puts Eastern Europe, not Russia, first.
Although it did not pass, the Scottish referendum on independence will have repercussions for the United Kingdom, the European Union, and perhaps even further afield.
Western policy on Belarus should be both principled and capable of adapting to slowly changing realities on the ground—before polarization gets the better of the country.
The EU is afflicted by several splits, from a deep economic divide to a sharp populist rift. Broadening its membership to the entire continent would help address them all.
If a nuclear deal is not reached, Tehran is ready to try to win the world over to its side. The transatlantic allies need to carefully manage the possible fallout from failure.
Austria is arguably more conflict averse than any other European country, and that makes for a difficult balancing act between East and West.