Judy Asks: Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?

The EU remains the Western Balkans’ primary trading partner and investor. But failing to step up engagement and deliver on enlargement promises will come at a high cost and benefit the likes of Russia and China.

  • The High Cost of An Unpredictable Turkey

    The High Cost of An Unpredictable Turkey

    Marc PieriniTuesday, October 12, 2021

      With twenty months left until Turkey’s legislative and presidential elections, the political debate will be fierce. The West may choose to sit it out rather than see its relationship with Ankara deteriorate even further.

    • France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

      France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

      Philippe Le CorreThursday, October 07, 2021

        Despite the fallout over AUKUS, France does not intend to withdraw from the Indo-Pacific. The diplomatic crisis has given President Macron a chance to make his country’s voice heard on a major geostrategic issue.

      • Europe’s New Walls

        Europe’s New Walls

        Judy DempseyTuesday, October 05, 2021

          Belarus is illegally sending migrants to Lithuania and Poland in response to these governments’ outspoken criticism of Lukashenko’s crackdown on the opposition. This cynical strategy is prompting the EU to forge its own short-sighted migration policy.

        • Judy Asks: Can Germany Provide Leadership to Europe?

          Judy Asks: Can Germany Provide Leadership to Europe?

          Judy DempseyThursday, September 30, 2021

            Berlin’s ability and willingness to lead Europe cannot be taken for granted. Any new coalition will first have to overcome major internal differences on climate, foreign policy, and defense before tackling the EU’s future direction.

          • Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

            Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

            Geoff KitneyTuesday, September 28, 2021

              Unconvinced by the EU’s stance toward an increasingly assertive China, Australia has sidelined Europe in its approach to the Indo-Pacific. This places Canberra’s trade and diplomatic relations with Europe at risk.

            • Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

              Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

              Judy DempseyThursday, September 23, 2021

                Germany’s next chancellor will have to finally define Berlin’s security and defense interests. That means addressing the future of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in the country and the desperate need to modernize Germany’s armed forces.

              • What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

                What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

                Rosa BalfourTuesday, September 21, 2021

                  The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship. The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake.

                • Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

                  Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

                  Judy DempseyThursday, September 16, 2021

                    The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions.

                  • Germany’s Vote Should Set the Pace for Europe

                    Germany’s Vote Should Set the Pace for Europe

                    Judy DempseyTuesday, September 14, 2021

                      This German federal election is crucial for Europe’s future. Angela Merkel’s successor has the choice of leading Europe toward more integration and strategic relevance or abetting its gradual, inexorable decline.

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