Viktor Orbán is using the coronavirus pandemic to turn Hungary into an authoritarian system, a move other European leaders could follow unless the EU and NATO intervene.
The EU will have to fundamentally change its ways if it wants to emerge stronger once the coronavirus pandemic is over.
The deadly coronavirus that has killed so many Europeans, especially in Italy and Spain, ought to jolt Europe out of its complacency. Don’t bet on it.
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the West’s lack of resilience and lack of cooperation just when both are most needed.
Greece’s borders are sealed off, Europe is becoming a fortress, and most EU countries are turning their backs on refugees; so much for Europe’s values and adherence to international law.
Ukraine’s president is trying to reassert his control through a radical government reshuffle, but this risky strategy may well backfire.
Instead of Europe becoming a serious foreign policy actor, Turkey and the war in Syria are weakening the credibility of both NATO and the EU—while the suffering continues in Idlib.
The spread of the coronavirus will test the resilience of European countries and governments’ ability to communicate without sowing panic among the population.
By recycling conspiracy theories and distorted versions of the past, the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders only prolong their unresolved conflict over the territory of Nagorny Karabakh.
The acquittal of Osman Kavala followed by his absurd rearrest shows the abysmal state of rule of law and democracy in Turkey.
Competing visions about what the European Union should become will either weaken or strengthen the West.
The West will thrive only if its leaders embrace and learn to harness technology and digitalization in order to strengthen democracy.
Keeping Europe united, keeping the transatlantic relationship strong, and keeping the values of the West depends much on Germany.
The West is not in good shape, but its ability to survive, adapt, and inspire are strengths that need to be recognized and exploited.
The far right is creating a serious leadership crisis for Germany and the rest of Europe. The next CDU leader will need strategy, stamina, and charisma to stop the rise of the AfD.
For the European Union to become a global player without Britain, there must be a major shift of alliances and direction inside the bloc.
France and Germany have proposed creating a European Security Council to better enable Europe to think and act strategically. The jury is still out on whether such a council will be created.
Boris Johnson’s sweeping election victory brings clarity for Britain but not for Europe as it enters a decade of major geostrategic shifts.
The EU should help Georgia overcome its latest political crisis and in that way invest in the further democratization and stability of the wider region.
The EU must improve democratic accountability and transparency on defense policy—otherwise its new-found ambitions to forge a defense and strategic culture will backfire.