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). Dempsey is also the recipient of the 2021 Ernest Udina Prize to the European Trajectory, awarded by the European Journalists Association in Catalonia.

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  • Poland’s Constitution Under Siege
    • Tuesday, May 04, 2021

    Poland’s Constitution Under Siege

    Poland and the EU are locked in a bitter battle over the rule of law. At stake is something so fundamental to both sides: the meaning and exercise of sovereignty.

  • Is the EU Doing Enough to Fight Coronavirus Globally?
    • Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Is the EU Doing Enough to Fight Coronavirus Globally?

    Globally, EU assistance has been slow to materialize. Supporting countries in dire need of coronavirus vaccines—through both the provision of vaccines and the sharing of patents—would project the union's soft power capacity.

  • Germany’s Ambiguity Toward Human Rights Weakens Europe
    • Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Germany’s Ambiguity Toward Human Rights Weakens Europe

    As she nears the end of her last term as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel should revert to toughening the EU’s stance on human rights. Making them subservient to trade and economic ties discredits the EU.

  • Judy Asks: Should NATO Admit Ukraine?
    • Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Judy Asks: Should NATO Admit Ukraine?

    There is no consensus in NATO in favor of Ukraine’s membership. What the most determined Western countries can do is provide intelligence and military support to Ukraine, including weaponry and capability building.

  • Bulgaria’s Election: The EU’s Negligence of Corruption and Its Values
    • Tuesday, April 06, 2021

    Bulgaria’s Election: The EU’s Negligence of Corruption and Its Values

    EU governments are undermining the rule of law, independent judiciaries, and vibrant media. What a bonus for Russia’s and China’s efforts to weaken and divide Europe.

  • Judy Asks: Will the EU Recovery Fund Happen?
    • Thursday, April 01, 2021

    Judy Asks: Will the EU Recovery Fund Happen?

    On March 26, the German Constitutional Court ordered the country’s president not to sign off on legislation to ratify the EU’s €750 billion post-coronavirus recovery fund. At stake is Europe’s ability to recover after the pandemic is over.

  • Why Europe Need Not Fail Over Human Rights
    • Monday, March 22, 2021

    Why Europe Need Not Fail Over Human Rights

    The Biden administration is making the defense of human rights one of its foreign policy priorities. Other democracies, particularly in Europe, should actively support this shift.

  • Judy Asks: Is the Northern Ireland Peace Process at Risk?
    • Thursday, March 18, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is the Northern Ireland Peace Process at Risk?

    Brexit is destabilizing Northern Ireland. London’s pursuit of a hard Brexit and the return of border politics could unravel the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended the province’s conflict. It might need the United States to rescue the accord.

  • How the Coronavirus Unveiled Merkel’s Germany
    • Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    How the Coronavirus Unveiled Merkel’s Germany

    Germany is struggling to contain a pandemic that has laid bare intrinsic weaknesses of Europe’s largest economy and its once indomitable leader. The next German chancellor won’t have much time to repair the damage.

  • How the Legacy of Poland’s Dissidents Is Being Challenged
    • Tuesday, March 09, 2021

    How the Legacy of Poland’s Dissidents Is Being Challenged

    Jan Litynski, a leading dissident under Poland’s communist regime and later a passionate defender of the rule of law, will be buried on March 10 in Warsaw. The values and principles he fought for are now under threat more than ever before.

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