Regardless of how the ongoing crisis in Ukraine unfolds, one thing is clear: it has exposed Russia as a declining power masquerading behind insubstantial posturing.
Ukrainians must decide what kind of future they want for their country. Germany, Poland, and Russia will have a crucial role to play in Ukraine’s long road ahead.
If the EU wants to be an effective foreign policy player, it must unite the strengths of its member states and its central institutions. Otherwise, its policies will fail.
The diplomatic efforts by the Polish, German, and French foreign ministers in Ukraine are a desperate attempt to save the country from descending into civil war.
In the struggle between the EU and Russia over Eastern Europe, Brussels needs to clarify its long-term objectives. Is EU membership an option for its Eastern neighbors or not?
Any weakening of the transatlantic relationship plays into the hand of Vladimir Putin, who has revived the old Russian policy of dividing the West.
Every week a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
As the EU prepares to embark on a major review of its role in the world, Europe’s decisionmakers should remember that foreign policy strategy is about more than brass tacks.
Europeans’ anger over U.S. spying will not simply go away. The sooner top American officials realize that, the sooner both sides can work to repair transatlantic ties.
The ongoing turmoil in Ukraine is shifting European and American attitudes toward Moscow. The West is perceiving the Ukrainian crisis through the prism of Russia.
European leaders cannot afford to disagree over the worsening turmoil in Ukraine. The EU should delegate Germany and Poland to help resolve the crisis.
A new joint declaration by the French and German foreign ministers could revitalize Franco-German cooperation. Over time, that could lead to a genuine EU foreign policy.
Eastern Europe is hampered by unclear legislation and differences over how to break out of its energy dependence on Russia. That is good for Gazprom and bad for Europe.
The Ukrainian president is cracking down on civil liberties, setting his country on a dangerous path. That calls for a united response from the opposition and from the EU.
The notion of progressively closer ties between Russia and the EU is no longer viable. Brussels urgently needs to develop a new set of objectives and strategies toward Moscow.
Georgia and Moldova will face huge pressure from Russia to renege on recently initialed partnership agreements with the EU. Brussels can help them hold their nerve.
Russia has one Achilles’ heel in its tough stance: its energy dependence. If the EU can hit that weak spot, the power equation between the West and Moscow will start to change.
Berlin’s new Russia coordinator wants to improve ties with Moscow. Yet Germany’s internal differences over how to handle Russia mean that a coherent strategy remains elusive.
In Strategic Europe’s final blog post of 2013, Jan Techau and Judy Dempsey discuss the major issues that are (and should be) on the EU’s foreign policy agenda.
The protesters in Kiev have a real chance of ushering in a more democratic system. If taking sides with them means taking a stance against Russia’s Vladimir Putin, so be it.