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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  • Russia-Europe Relations Depend on Moscow Confronting the Past
    • Thursday, June 24, 2021

    Russia-Europe Relations Depend on Moscow Confronting the Past

    A defining feature of Russia’s leadership is the refusal to deal with the country’s Stalinist past. Until the Kremlin stops whitewashing history, a politically stable relationship between Europe and Russia cannot exist.

  • Judy Asks: Is NATO Ready for China?
    • Thursday, June 17, 2021

    Judy Asks: Is NATO Ready for China?

    At the latest NATO summit, allies jointly identified China as a systemic challenge to alliance security. But diverging views on China’s challenge among the partners hinder a consensus on NATO action.

  • Nord Stream 2 is Germany’s—and Europe’s—Achilles’ Heel
    • Tuesday, June 08, 2021

    Nord Stream 2 is Germany’s—and Europe’s—Achilles’ Heel

    The completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deals Russia several cards that weaken Germany, divide Europe, and blackmail Ukraine. If the EU is to engage globally, it must stop serving as Moscow’s playground.

  • Judy Asks: Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?
    • Thursday, June 03, 2021

    Judy Asks: Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?

    EU sanctions will not change Belarusian leader Lukashenko’s determination to cling to power, but they send an important signal. To avoid isolating ordinary citizens, the EU must combine sanctions with enhanced support for Belarusian civil society.

  • Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus
    • Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus

    It took the hijacking of a plane and the kidnapping of a journalist to shake Europe out of its complacency over Belarus. Beyond sanctions, the EU’s response should include supporting Belarusian society and reconsidering Nord Stream 2.

  • Judy Asks: Can Europe Do Anything to De-escalate the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
    • Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Judy Asks: Can Europe Do Anything to De-escalate the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

    The EU’s hollow statements expressing “concern” over the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration will not deter either party. Unless the Europeans use what little leverage they have, they can forget about having a strategic role in the region.

  • The Powerlessness of the Palestinians
    • Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    The Powerlessness of the Palestinians

    The renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas should be a catalyst for ending the unsustainable status quo in the region. Negotiating a ceasefire and rebuilding trust will require an immense diplomatic effort by the United States and regional actors.

  • 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.

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

    Judy Asks: 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.

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