Judy Dempsey

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe
Editor in chief
Strategic Europe

Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.

Judy Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. She is also the author of the book The Merkel Phenomenon (Das Phänomen Merkel, Körber-Stiftung Edition, 2013).

She worked for the International Herald Tribune from 2004 to 2011 as its Germany and East European Correspondent and from 2011 to September 2013 as columnist. Dempsey was the diplomatic correspondent for the Financial Times in Brussels from 2001 onward, covering NATO and European Union enlargement. Between 1990 and 2001, she served as Jerusalem bureau chief (1996–2001), Berlin correspondent (1992–1996), and Eastern European correspondent in London (1990–1992) for the Financial Times. During the 1980s, Dempsey reported on Central and Eastern Europe for the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Economist.

Dempsey graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied history and political science. She has contributed to several books on Eastern Europe, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (Palgrave Macmillan and Duke University Press, 2007) and The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: A Handbook (Frederick Muller Ltd, 1985).

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  • Europe’s Expensive Coronavirus Summit
    • Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Europe’s Expensive Coronavirus Summit

    Neither values nor geopolitics played any role when EU leaders agreed to spend their way out of the coronavirus crisis at a marathon summit. Once again, Europe as a strategic player has been postponed.*

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Thursday, July 09, 2020

    What Are You Reading?

    It’s that time of year again for friends and colleagues to recommend their summer switch-off lists. Lockdown gave some an opportunity to read more, while for others spare minutes were rare. I hope you really enjoy what’s on offer.

  • What Are You Reading?
    • Tuesday, July 07, 2020

    What Are You Reading?

    It’s that time of year again for friends and colleagues to recommend their summer switch-off lists. Lockdown gave some an opportunity to read more, while for others spare minutes were rare. I hope you really enjoy what’s on offer.

  • Poland’s Retreat From Europe
    • Monday, June 29, 2020

    Poland’s Retreat From Europe

    The inconclusive first round of Poland’s presidential election showed a Polish leader and government undoing the gains of joining the European Union. The EU can take some of the blame.

  • Judy Asks: Are Citizens’ Assemblies the Answer to the Climate Crisis?
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Judy Asks: Are Citizens’ Assemblies the Answer to the Climate Crisis?

    Citizens’ assemblies have sprouted up in several European countries. It remains to be seen whether they can efficiently boost governments’ responses to climate change.

  • Why Pulling U.S. Troops Out of Germany Damages America
    • Thursday, June 18, 2020

    Why Pulling U.S. Troops Out of Germany Damages America

    U.S. President Donald Trump uses troops as leverage against Germany, a move that will undermine America’s strategic and global interests and further sour the transatlantic relationship.

  • Judy Asks: Will U.S. Troop Pullouts Accelerate European Defense Integration?
    • Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    Judy Asks: Will U.S. Troop Pullouts Accelerate European Defense Integration?

    The U.S. decision to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany exacerbates tensions in the transatlantic relationship. Could it also focus the EU’s attention on the need for a serious defense policy?

  • How Europe Should Prepare for the Post-Coronavirus World
    • Tuesday, June 09, 2020

    How Europe Should Prepare for the Post-Coronavirus World

    As European countries emerge from lockdown, Europe needs to prepare for the geostrategic shifts that will take place in the post-coronavirus world.

  • Judy Asks: Hong Kong Calls. Can Europe Respond?
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Judy Asks: Hong Kong Calls. Can Europe Respond?

    What happens in Hong Kong with China’s new national security legislation will seriously test Europe’s commitment to democracy, international law, and human rights.

  • The Coronavirus Must Push Europe to Rescue Multilateralism
    • Monday, May 25, 2020

    The Coronavirus Must Push Europe to Rescue Multilateralism

    From arms control to trade, the post-1945 order is crumbling fast. To protect its democratic way of life, Europe must create new global alliances built to deal with a post-pandemic world.

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