Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism of NATO, the United States continues to be very supportive of the alliance on the ground.
Revamping its Customs Union with Turkey is the only viable way for the EU to encourage rules-based economic and political reforms in the country and maintain engagement with Ankara.
If NATO is to remain effective, the security needs of its Southern neighborhood must be countered by a more sustainable and ambitious strategy.
Europeans have the power and the means to influence events in the Middle East peace process. They must take the initiative and act now.
The history of Russia and Chechnya is mainly one of conflict, starting at the end of the eighteenth century.
While the Lisbon Treaty reforms have strengthened EU foreign policy, dysfunctional decisionmaking arrangements still hamper the union’s effectiveness as a global actor.
Georgia is the most pluralist and freest country amongst its neighbors. Yet, the post-1992 governing regimes have had both positive and negative impacts.
The unexpected breakdown of the coalition talks risks thrusting Germany into unprecedented political territory, and the rest of Europe into prolonged political uncertainty with some serious potential ramifications.
Europe’s commitment to the Eastern Partnership region has been cemented by Russian aggression. Yet, for internal reasons, the EU is trying to avoid the costs linked to the countries’ integration.
To overcome current difficulties, Europeans need to rediscover the reasons behind the EU’s integration process in the first place.
Russia’s interference in American and European elections constitutes a serious offense. But by treating Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies as an existential threat, Western leaders are playing directly into the Kremlin’s hands, and validating its false narrative about Russia’s place in the world.
Diplomacy in the Western Balkans should build on previous efforts of pacification and state-building, and involve an expanded range of actors.
It won’t be plain sailing for Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to agree on further fiscal and monetary integration, not least because of their own differences.
EU association deals with Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova have proven to be key drivers of reform in all three countries. The emphasis should now be on implementation, not simply legislative adoption.
Brussels must reexamine its hands-off approach to the political impasse in Spain. Otherwise, Europe risks sleepwalking into yet another conflict.
The EU must reinvent itself if it is to survive. Citizens should play a greater role in decisionmaking, with the aim of making the union more flexible and more accountable.
A century after the October Revolution, the Bolshevik legacy is too close for the people of the South Caucasus to evaluate properly. No one wants to see that era return, but everyone comes from it.
The Turkey-EU agenda should include a resilience action plan to improve the capacity of Turkish institutions and society to withstand—and eventually seek to roll back—challenges to democracy.
With sub-national initiatives on climate on the rise in the United States, it is important that Europe understands these dynamics, and actively explores ways of engaging with them.
Sebastien Kurz won Austria’s election by reshaping the image of his mainstream conservative People’s Party and promoting it as a “movement,” centered around his own personality, similar to Macron’s “En Marche!” in France.