Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe

Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.

Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. She is also the author of the book The Merkel Phenomenon (Das Phänomen Merkel, Körber-Stiftung Edition, 2013).

She worked for the International Herald Tribune from 2004 to 2011 as its Germany and East European Correspondent and from 2011 to September 2013 as columnist. Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels from 2001 onward, covering NATO and European Union enlargement. Between 1990 and 2001, she served as Jerusalem bureau chief (1996–2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent in London (1990–1992) for the Financial Times. During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist.

Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (Palgrave Macmillan and Duke University Press, 2007) and The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Handbook (Frederick Muller Ltd, 1985).

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  • Don’t Wait for Merkel
    • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Don’t Wait for Merkel

    Germany’s center-right coalition is now on autopilot, with few prospects of any initiatives or ideas for Europe.

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Lax on Corruption?
    • Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Lax on Corruption?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Europe’s Big Three “M”s Weaken the EU
    • Thursday, October 04, 2018

    Europe’s Big Three “M”s Weaken the EU

    The EU’s most important leaders are hobbled by domestic crises, leaving the bloc almost rudderless to deal with major foreign and security policy issues.

  • Why Macedonia’s Failed Vote Matters
    • Tuesday, October 02, 2018

    Why Macedonia’s Failed Vote Matters

    There is still much unfinished business in the Western Balkans that can affect the stability of the region, unless the EU changes course.

  • Judy Asks: Is a Brexit Deal Possible?
    • Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Judy Asks: Is a Brexit Deal Possible?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Ukraine’s Incomplete Transformation
    • Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Ukraine’s Incomplete Transformation

    The 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine are not about reform and ending corruption but about the influence of the oligarchs.

  • Judy Asks: Is Europe Afraid of Migration?
    • Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Judy Asks: Is Europe Afraid of Migration?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Germany’s Chemnitz Problem
    • Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    Germany’s Chemnitz Problem

    Demonstrations in the Eastern German city of Chemnitz reflect the complexity of the refugee and anti-foreigner debate.

  • Judy Asks: Does Europe Have an Alternative to Populism?
    • Thursday, August 30, 2018

    Judy Asks: Does Europe Have an Alternative to Populism?

    A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Germany’s Way with Turkey
    • Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Germany’s Way with Turkey

    The Trump administration’s sanctions on Turkey just might be the catalyst to shift Europe’s relations with Ankara.

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