Capitals Series

  • Letter From Chişinău
    Igor Boțan
    December 04, 2015

    In the last five years, Moldova has gone from success story to captured state. Any EU support for the country should be linked to the fight against corruption.

  • Letter From Baku

    Emin MilliFriday, November 27, 2015

      The EU’s problem in Azerbaijan is that it lacks leverage. Smart and targeted sanctions against certain government figures would help.

    • Letter From Minsk

      Andrei YahorauFriday, November 20, 2015

        If the EU wants a reliable partner in Belarus, the country must be transformed into a more democratic state. Only the Belarusian people can achieve this transformation.

      • Letter From Yerevan

        Mikayel ZolyanFriday, November 13, 2015

          Armenia needs to find its own voice on foreign policy and ensure that its international partnerships do not limit the country’s ability to make sovereign decisions.

        • Letter From Kiev

          Mikhail MinakovFriday, November 06, 2015

            There is a serious mismatch between the goals and instruments of the EU’s policy toward Ukraine. The EU seems to be missing the point in its relations with Kiev.

          • Europe’s Pathetic Lack of Foreign Policy Ambition

            Judy DempseyFriday, August 07, 2015

            The European Union is strategically and politically ill prepared to make a difference at the regional or global level.

          • Letter From the Brussels Bubble

            Ian TraynorFriday, July 31, 2015

              Despite some recent successes, the European Union’s foreign policy lacks ambition. What will it take to shake the EU out of its complacency and bickering?

            • Letter From Zagreb

              Žarko PuhovskiFriday, July 24, 2015

                Croatia’s foreign policy paints a gloomy picture. One way for Zagreb to raise its game could be by contributing to major initiatives led by the bigger EU member states.

              • Letter From The Hague

                Louise van Schaik, Margriet DrentFriday, July 17, 2015

                  Dutch foreign policy is relatively engaged and ambitious. But the Netherlands lacks a clear vision on key security issues and on ways to mitigate risks.

                • Letter From Bucharest

                  Armand Goșu, Octavian ManeaFriday, July 10, 2015

                    As a country on the Eastern edge of NATO and the EU, Romania spends most of its diplomatic resources on regional security priorities.

                  • Letter From Helsinki

                    René NybergFriday, July 03, 2015

                      Finland has found a way to reconcile with Russia. Yet this great-power neighbor remains Helsinki’s insoluble security dilemma.

                    • Letter From Nicosia

                      Nicholas KaridesFriday, June 26, 2015

                        Cyprus could play a major geopolitical role in the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet for reasons both within and outside its control, Nicosia has yet to exploit this potential.

                      • Letter From Budapest

                        Botond Feledy, András RáczFriday, June 19, 2015

                          Budapest’s overly close relationship to Moscow poses a strategic risk not only to Hungary’s national interests but also to the country’s EU and NATO partners.

                        • Letter From Rome

                          Marta DassùFriday, June 12, 2015

                            Italy is committed to a stronger global role for the EU. But delegating authority to Brussels doesn’t mean that Rome is trying to shirk its international responsibilities.

                          • Letter From Warsaw

                            Eugeniusz SmolarFriday, June 05, 2015

                              Due to its size, geography, and history, Poland is a concerned, active, and ambitious foreign policy player.

                            • Letter From Luxembourg

                              Mario HirschFriday, May 29, 2015

                                Luxembourg has learned to defend its own interests in a Europe that increasingly looks like a free-for-all. But it does so with more restraint than others.

                              • Letter From Sofia

                                Daniel SmilovFriday, May 22, 2015

                                  The Bulgarian government aims to boost the country’s image in the EU. That is a commendable objective, but does Sofia have the necessary resources to meet it?

                                • Letter From Tallinn

                                  Ahto LobjakasFriday, May 15, 2015

                                    Estonia’s foreign policy ignores domestic vulnerabilities and lacks regional depth. As a result, the country is too reliant on the goodwill and commitment of others.

                                  • Letter From Athens

                                    Thanos DokosFriday, May 08, 2015

                                      Greek foreign policy looks much more ambitious today than in recent years. But Athens needs to quickly readjust to a changing security and economic environment.

                                    • Letter From Ljubljana

                                      Saša VidmajerFriday, April 24, 2015

                                        Slovenia has hardly any ambition in foreign policy, and the country’s contribution to joint EU policymaking is minimal.

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