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.
The campaign might lack fizz but the outcome of the German election could have a profound effect on the future of Europe.
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.
The EU must engage prudently with its Eastern European neighbors to encourage progress toward rules-based democratic governance while supporting their sovereignty in their dealings with Russia.
The European Union, the most vocal supporter of the JCPOA, does not have the means to uphold the deal in the face of the United States and Iran, the two most crucial signatories, trying to kill it.
Giving citizens a say on Europe’s future could help the EU address multiple problems—as long as governments are willing to accept ideas that fall outside their standard templates for reform.
Recommendations on what the EU can do to maintain the Iran nuclear deal and slowly improve the regional outlook.
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.
Civic mobilization is an increasingly significant element of global politics—and an increasingly effective one.
The European Union’s policy in the Mediterranean will have to evolve substantially if the union wants to have influence in this crucial region.
Can Turkey’s divided political opposition mount a meaningful, unified challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political hegemony?
European leaders should convert their newfound confidence into positive energy to develop realistic solutions to the challenges that continue to plague the EU.