Angela Merkel’s visit to Moscow for peace talks on the Ukraine crisis could be the last diplomatic attempt to end the fighting in the country’s east.
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.
Angela Merkel and the European Parliament are holding firm over maintaining the sanctions the EU imposed on Russia. But where does Federica Mogherini stand?
As the EU continues to face threats from radical Islam and from Russia’s meddling in Europe’s Eastern neighborhood, European unity is needed more than ever.
New Euro-Atlantic security arrangements are needed. But they can only be built once both the West and Russia accept that the old mechanisms are outdated.
If European leaders weaken their sanctions on Russia, they will destroy any chance of doing foreign policy and strategy.
The last twelve months have been unusually eventful. Amid the vicissitudes of 2014, highlights include a resurgent Russia, shrewd Scots, and the EU’s underrated foreign policy.
European leaders need to set out a new strategy for dealing with Russia and Eastern Europe. Germany holds the key to both.
France has been wavering over whether to honor a contract for the sale of two warships to Russia. Together with its Euro-Atlantic partners, Paris should cancel the deal.
Russia continues to subvert its neighbors in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus, while the EU lacks any strategy to check this advance. The EU needs to step up its response.
The European Union has an opportunity to increase diversification, transparency, and security across the energy sector. It should seize that chance.
In the war of nerves now raging over Ukraine, the West does not need to counter Russian propaganda with its own parallel truth: it can rely on the power of facts.
As European diplomacy with Russia fails, Angela Merkel’s options are limited. She and other Western leaders must accept that they are in for the long haul.
If the Cold War was an all-male affair, the current conflict between the EU and Russia is very much female versus male. But it’s a conflict that is by no means inevitable.
Germany’s Social Democratic Party is starting to reassess its stance toward Russia. That debate will have consequences for broader relations between Europe and Russia.
If the Ukraine crisis continues and relations between Russia and the West deteriorate further, the implications will be grim in a number of areas, including cybersecurity.
Tensions in eastern Ukraine do not mark the start of a new cold war. But they may be the prelude to a global conflict that is deeper, wider, and colder still.
Vladimir Putin is perpetuating a number of illusions about Russia and Ukraine. As long as that continues, it is hard to see how relations with the West can be restored.
The EU and Russia are increasingly at odds with each other. The two worlds are drifting farther apart.
By delegating its responsibility, the EU is playing an ambiguous role in the Ukraine crisis. The only country to benefit from that ambiguity will be Russia.