Protests convulse global politics, but it’s what happens when they die down that can really make a difference.
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the EU remains divided in one important regard. A new Carnegie Europe poll shows that surprisingly many senior EU officials from the ex-communist states feel they are not being treated equally.
Fifteen years after the 2004 enlargement, the EU still behaves as two halves rather than a whole. The real source of tensions is unfamiliarity with the nature of East-West differences rather than the differences themselves.
Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria has put further strain on its soured relationship with the EU.
The European Commission’s new president should act decisively to make deliberations in Brussels more accountable to voters and national parliaments.
Trump and Brexit are challenging Europe’s defense cooperation. The incoming European Commission will need to devote time and effort to make up for any shortfall.
The political dynamics of the wider European space have changed dramatically in recent years. The directions of democratic influence now run multiple ways, and the core assumptions underpinning EU democracy support policies need to be rethought.
Mass protests garner significant attention, but what happens next is just as vital for achieving real and lasting change.
The European Commission has become more involved in EU defense policy. To see changes implemented, however, it must prove it can help the EU develop into a more capable defense actor.
The United States and Europe are erroneously banking on sanctioning Turkey to contain the fallout in Syria. Instead of sanctions, the West needs to devise a mutually agreed plan of action with Ankara.
Global problems require complex solutions. The current growing global disorder in its many forms makes the case for a reimagined international peace project, albeit a very different one from that of a century ago.
Russia continuously uses energy politics as a foreign policy instrument, thwarting EU diversification efforts, setting foot in the MENA region, and establishing itself as a major supplier of energy to China.
In the seventy years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the country’s image in Europe has changed dramatically.
British leader Boris Johnson’s plans were thrown into disarray when the UK’s Supreme Court ruled that his recent suspension of Parliament was unlawful. What does this mean for Brexit?
Getting national legislators more involved in EU affairs could help the European Parliament boost its legitimacy in the eyes of voters.
When the EU’s new top brass take over in Brussels, they will inherit four overarching problem areas. Each will need to be carefully managed.
In light of big geopolitical changes, the EU has focused on improving its microlevel democracy support. But it most urgently needs a rethink at the macrolevel of its democracy strategy.
A survey of young Russians shows growing dissatisfaction. Within only one year, trust in key political institutions and state-controlled media declined and protest participation increased.
Brexit opens up many geopolitical questions. Not in the least, the UK, the EU, and the United States will have to decide how to work together or independently.
Thirty years after the 1989 reunification, Europe remains a political pygmy. The EU needs a serious foreign and defense policy if it wants to become a credible global player.