Three kinds of trouble are bubbling under Europe's surface. The key to preparing for them lies in understanding where and how the political ground is shifting.
Populism in the Czech Republic is not an aberration from the prevailing EU trends, yet rumors of the death of democracy in Prague are greatly premature.
Kyiv politics is making the humanitarian problems of eastern Ukraine even worse.
As 2017 ebbs, Europe can expect a bumpy ride in the coming months, not least because of the impact of the digital revolution on democracy.
The U.S. president’s decisive turn away from democracy and human rights support will have a major impact on EU strategic interests. Yet European leaders have failed to respond to this geopolitical shift.
Europeans can take some solace from Trump’s support for NATO and the EU. But the U.S. president will want value for money.
A dispute about the different interpretations of their common past is poisoning relations between Poland and Ukraine in ways that benefit Russia.
The political conditions for a resolution of the war in Donbas are deteriorating on all sides.
EU membership is the all-defining political and economic reality for Central Europe. China is a curiosity.
PESCO may be limited, but it’s not inconsequential. At minimum, the deal will put EU governments under fresh pressure to spend more on defense.
The Polish government pours a lot of scorn on the EU, but Warsaw can ill afford to turn its back on what the West stands for.
A new survey spells out the disrupted links to the rest of Ukraine, limited travel by Crimeans to other parts of Russia, a near-complete integration into the Russian media sphere, and continuing repression of the Tatars.
NATO and the EU are failing to address the fundamental weaknesses of their policies toward Eastern Europe.
As the alliance reembraces its commitment to territorial, collective defense, there are large hurdles standing in its way, not least the lack of a strategy toward Russia.
The election of Andrej Babiš as the Czech Republic’s next prime minister says much about the state of politics in this part of the European Union.
Bashing the United States is no substitute for Europe’s strategic helplessness.
Geopolitical myopia among the elites of NATO’s new member states is helping to preserve an unstable “gray zone” in post-Soviet Europe.
Endorsing bilingualism in education would be the inspired and progressive option for the Ukrainian leadership.
NATO must signal to Moscow that any attempt by Russia for a landgrab in the Baltics would be met with a swift and overwhelming response.
Bessarabia is a remote multiethnic region in the southwestern corner of Ukraine. But with its peculiarities, it can be considered as a more extreme version of Ukraine as a whole.