In a short interview, Olga Shumylo-Tapiola explains that hosting EURO 2012 will give ordinary Ukrainians a chance to show the best of themselves and their country and to break down some of the barriers separating them from their European neighbors.
Whether Europe's long-term future can be crafted in a constructive and widely accepted way will depend on how Germany and its European partners manage to overcome the leadership mismatch in Europe.
It is only with hindsight that we will realize how much of a watershed event Europe’s economic crisis has been. It will certainly prove to be a setback for the emergence of a liberal, rules based world order.
Europe needs to create a nation state that can still infuse people with a sense of purpose and identity, while at the same time organizing many of the state's functions in a new kind of legitimate political entity that transcends the nation.
Europeans should focus on Europe’s role in the world, which could ultimately prove to be a key part of a solution to the euro crisis.
Azerbaijan's energy resources are no excuse for Europe's disregard for human rights. Values and interests can be separated.
In both Europe and Russia, things will probably need to get worse before they start getting better.
In an interview with Judy Dempsey, Audronius Azubalis, Lithuanian minister of foreign affairs, says that the EU must engage Ukraine, not punish it.
Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the international challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The international community cannot just stand helplessly on the side lines while a despot reaps the benefits of a huge PR festival designed to cover up the true nature of his regime.
The EU should no longer attempt to find light in the dark corners of Viktor Yanukovych’s mind, it must let him know that enough is enough.
If the EU is serious in its ambition to become a foreign policy actor, it must back the existing Brussels structures with real power, the kind of power that only the key member states dispose of.
Yulia Tymoshenko's decision to go on hunger strike has finally boxed Ukraine's president into a corner. Who is going to rescue both people?
It is important that the EU understands that Yanukovych’s real motivation is advancing his own position and that of his family, not reform.
Germany still needs to realize that a coordinated approach with Poland on EU foreign and defense policy would also serve its own interests.
With sanctions allowing Russia to increase its influence in Belarus, the EU may need to adopt a more sophisticated, step-by-step approach to this small European country.
As globalization marches on and Europe grows dependent on bringing in young, mobile, and educated people, the EU’s strategy should be focused on making Schengen more flexible.