A legally binding free-trade agreement could be a key instrument in the EU's efforts to push Ukraine to reform.
Although France's opposition to Turkish accession creates tension in the two countries' relations, events in the Southern Mediterranean offer a unique opportunity for strategic cooperation between the EU and Turkey.
While the EU and the United States enacted strong repercussions for the violent crackdowns following Belarus' December presidential elections, long-term stability will require moving beyond the current political stalemate.
The EU's approach to economic development in North Africa has been handicapped by a failure to focus on private-sector development and a refusal to open its markets to agricultural exports from the region.
Russia is both a resurgent power on the international stage and a key partner for Europe. However, the country still faces a myriad of social and economic challenges.
The EU, which has worked for decades on North Africa’s development, must step up its efforts to bolster the region’s private sector and dismantle its own agricultural protectionism.
The West must find ways to accommodate Ankara’s growing global ambitions even as it urges Turkey to take a more constructive and visible role in the challenges of global governance.
Turkey and the EU both face urgent foreign and security issues that cannot wait. As a result, they need a new, more effective channel for strategic dialogue to complement the accession process.
While Turkey’s vote against additional UN Security Council sanctions on Iran was viewed by some as a sign that Turkey is drifting away from the West, in reality the relationship is much more complicated.
With the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, the EU had hoped to develop the infrastructure to handle the challenges of the twenty-first century world, but recent developments have sparked widespread talk of Europe's relative decline.