The EU’s external financing instruments should be improved to make the union’s civil society support efforts more politically effective and more closely aligned with strategic aims.
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.
The situation in Eastern Europe sheds light on the ongoing crisis of leadership and integration within the European Union.
Better EU defense integration may be bad news for the alliance—but the US is wrong to oppose it.
Each year, barely perceptible tectonic movements pull Europe and North America a few inches further apart. These days “continental drift” applies to geopolitics at least as much as it does to geology. But there is still space for meaningful transatlantic cooperation.
If EU member states were to really do something to boost the union’s defences, what would it be? Not PESCO.
If the international system is moving toward great-power competition, having a Europe that is more integrated, including on defense issues, and better able to withstand pressure from Russia and China ultimately serves America’s own interest.
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.
Ankara’s activity in Syria raises the alarming prospect of military confrontation.
European policy toward Iran is likely to be hampered both by transatlantic tensions and regional turmoil.
Turkey’s offensive in Afrin helps to dispel doubts, after the failed coup attempt of July 2016, about Ankara’s ability to project force across the border.
The authors of the British Election Study have upended one of the most widely held beliefs about the 2017 UK general election.
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla are not in the EU Customs Union, but they are treated by the rest of the world as if they are. Could the UK try for similar status?
Turkey’s incursion into Afrin marks a significant move in Ankara’s campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Over the past year, European defense collaboration has arguably made more progress than in the past decade.
An economy in tatters, rampant corruption, and rising food prices are prompting ordinary Iranians to take to the streets.
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 Poland and Hungary are not censured for flouting EU rules, German Euroskepticism will be on the increase.