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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  • Putin is Banking on Europe’s Divisions Over Russia
    • Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Putin is Banking on Europe’s Divisions Over Russia

    The parliamentary election setback for President Macron and bickering inside the German and Italian coalitions play into Moscow’s hands. If EU member states falter over Ukraine, European security will be jeopardized.

  • Judy Asks: Will Distrust Among EU Leaders Fail Ukraine?
    • Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Judy Asks: Will Distrust Among EU Leaders Fail Ukraine?

    EU member states have no shared vision of how to deal with Russia as it continues its attack on Ukraine. Rushing to end the war at all costs could have devastating consequences for Kyiv and Europe.

  • NATO and the EU Need a Strategy for Eastern Europe
    • Tuesday, June 07, 2022

    NATO and the EU Need a Strategy for Eastern Europe

    Recent moves by Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are strengthening European security. But Russia’s aggression against Ukraine must fundamentally change how NATO and the EU approach their Eastern neighbors.

  • Judy Asks: Is Europe Serious About Defense?
    • Thursday, June 02, 2022

    Judy Asks: Is Europe Serious About Defense?

    Russia’s war in Ukraine has created a new sense of urgency for Europe to invest in defense. While NATO remains the main collective defense organization, the EU should build capabilities to complement its efforts.

  • German Ambiguity Is Deciding Ukraine’s Future
    • Tuesday, May 31, 2022

    German Ambiguity Is Deciding Ukraine’s Future

    Chancellor Scholz’s delay in sending heavy weapons to Ukraine is hurting Kyiv’s chances of preserving its sovereignty. It is also damaging Germany’s standing across Europe.

  • The Franco-German Tandem Needs a Reboot
    • Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    The Franco-German Tandem Needs a Reboot

    Putin’s war in Ukraine has shattered Germany’s illusions about bringing Russia closer to Europe. A change in Berlin’s approach to Moscow would benefit Franco-German ties and the entire EU.

  • Judy Asks: Does the EU Need a New Enlargement Policy?
    • Thursday, May 12, 2022

    Judy Asks: Does the EU Need a New Enlargement Policy?

    Ukraine’s membership bid has placed enlargement high on the EU’s agenda. The bloc must rethink the accession process to make it more effective while maintaining democratic and rule-of-law standards.

  • Russia’s War in Ukraine Must Change the EU
    • Thursday, May 05, 2022

    Russia’s War in Ukraine Must Change the EU

    The EU needs to plan now for a new policy toward its Eastern neighbors. It cannot wait for Russia to end its destruction of Ukraine or destabilize other countries in the region.

  • Judy Asks: Is Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership Useful for European Security?
    • Thursday, April 28, 2022

    Judy Asks: Is Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership Useful for European Security?

    Russia’s war in Ukraine is making neutral Finland and Sweden seriously consider joining NATO. Such membership would strengthen the alliance’s defenses and greatly increase security in the Baltic region.

  • Europe’s Fading Unity Over Ukraine
    • Thursday, April 21, 2022

    Europe’s Fading Unity Over Ukraine

    At this critical moment, Europeans must show commitment and resolve in their support for Kyiv. Divisions within the EU risk buying Russia time and weakening Ukraine.

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