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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  • The Coronavirus Vaccine Is a Chance for Europe’s Soft Power in Africa
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020

    The Coronavirus Vaccine Is a Chance for Europe’s Soft Power in Africa

    The rollout of coronavirus vaccines across Europe is imminent. But the EU should seize the opportunity to also share the vaccines with Africa, which would boost mutual trust and the EU’s soft power.

  • Judy Asks: Is Europe Ready to Work With the United States on China?
    • Thursday, December 10, 2020

    Judy Asks: Is Europe Ready to Work With the United States on China?

    Incoming U.S. president Joe Biden offers a chance to renew transatlantic ties and forge a common EU-U.S. policy toward China. But for that to happen, the Europeans must agree on how to deal with Beijing.

  • The Closing Window for Angela Merkel and Joe Biden
    • Tuesday, December 08, 2020

    The Closing Window for Angela Merkel and Joe Biden

    Come January 2021, the United States and Germany will have to move quickly to resolve big differences, notably over China and Russia. At stake is the strength of transatlantic ties between America and Europe.

  • Europe’s Slide Away From Democracy
    • Tuesday, December 01, 2020

    Europe’s Slide Away From Democracy

    If the European Union does not protect its rule of law and tackle corruption, the democratic backsliding of Hungary and Poland will deal a devastating blow to Europe’s achievements since World War II.

  • Judy Asks: Can the EU Solve the Budget and Rule-of-Law Crisis?
    • Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Judy Asks: Can the EU Solve the Budget and Rule-of-Law Crisis?

    Hungary and Poland have vetoed the next EU budget in protest of a new rule-of-law conditionality. What instruments and treaties can Europe use to circumvent Budapest and Warsaw’s hostage-taking?

  • Germany Needs to End Hungary and Poland’s Blackmail
    • Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    Germany Needs to End Hungary and Poland’s Blackmail

    Hungary and Poland are blocking an EU recovery package designed to overcome the deep economic crisis of Europe caused by the coronavirus. Only the political will of EU leaders can stop them.

  • Judy Asks: Are Europe’s Leaders Ready for a Biden Presidency?
    • Thursday, November 12, 2020

    Judy Asks: Are Europe’s Leaders Ready for a Biden Presidency?

    Europe’s leaders cannot expect a free ride from the incoming Biden presidency. It’s time to prepare the ground on security, defense, and strategy if the changing transatlantic relationship is to remain relevant.

  • A Strategic Europe After the 2020 U.S. Election?
    • Thursday, November 05, 2020

    A Strategic Europe After the 2020 U.S. Election?

    Europe is sorely in need of a strategic culture, regardless of who wins the 2020 U.S. election. With all the instability in the EU’s Eastern and Southern neighborhoods, this is more necessary than ever.

  • Judy Asks: Is the U.S. Election a Make or Break for America?
    • Thursday, October 29, 2020

    Judy Asks: Is the U.S. Election a Make or Break for America?

    Joe Biden or Donald Trump? The winner of the 2020 U.S. election will inherit a deeply polarized society, a democracy under immense strain, and the weakened global standing of the United States.

  • Europe Must Grow Up and Stop Moaning About Trump
    • Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    Europe Must Grow Up and Stop Moaning About Trump

    No matter who sits in the White House come January 2021, Europe must grow up and take responsibility to rebuild multilateralism, fix the transatlantic relationship, and revive arms control.

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