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.
The least the EU can do is keep up the credibility of the promise of EU membership and reform its enlargement and neighborhood policies once a new Commission is in place later this year.
The last thing the EU needs is instability in its backyard. That’s why a credible EU enlargement policy is more urgent than ever for the Western Balkans.
Nearly two decades after the 1995 Dayton Agreement ended the first set of wars in former Yugoslavia, the Bosnian state remains dysfunctional.
One of the main reasons for the rise of anti-EU and nationalist parties in the European Parliament elections is that mainstream parties did not campaign very hard.
The EU is not punching its weight on the international stage. With crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, now is the time to reform and strengthen the union’s foreign policy.
On May 1, 2004, ten countries joined the European Union. Ten years on, many people in both the East and the West retain a skeptical view of that historic enlargement.
Europe needs to once again seduce the millions of Europeans who no longer believe that the project of building a more united continent will directly benefit them and their families.
Since the Berlin Wall fell, Europe has been battling to keep the twentieth-century continent alive in the twenty-first. In years to come, the EU will have to make some big decisions.
The European Union is still in crisis and it is going through numerous challenges. Political leadership could represent the solution.