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.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its invasion of eastern Ukraine unified NATO and prompted allies to beef up defenses. But the process of strengthening the alliance’s Eastern flank is far from over.
By applying an “America first” policy to foreign affairs, President Donald Trump may isolate the United States on the world stage like never before.
President Poroshenko’s power consolidation—and pushback against it—is the hallmark of Ukrainian politics heading toward elections in 2019. Yet reform progress is being made, even if the pace remains slow.
What trends can we decipher when it comes to modern protests? Is there a pattern to the grievances that helps to explain the current spike in citizen mobilisation?
Over three decades of bipartisan consensus on American foreign policy toward Iran is being undone by the JCPOA, which stands a legitimate risk of being axed despite being successful in taking away the immediate threat of an Iranian bomb.
President Trump has the option to not certify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, breaking with European allies and signatories of the deal. If the United States chooses to re-impose sanctions, they will do so without international support, leaving empty sanctions against Iran.
Russia’s proposal for a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas must be taken seriously. It could provide momentum for more meaningful Minsk process negotiations.