Democracy and Rule of Law

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

    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

    Judy DempseyThursday, May 05, 2022

      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.

    • Hungary Enters a New Era of Autocracy

      Zsuzsanna SzelényiTuesday, April 05, 2022

        After Viktor Orbán’s landslide victory, the illiberal Hungary experiment will continue. Brussels must respond decisively to the erosion of democracy and media freedom.

      • Russia’s War in Ukraine: A Clash of Two Philosophies of Power

        Andrey MakarychevThursday, March 17, 2022

          Moscow is seeking to revise the existing world order. Liberal Europe’s biggest mistake would be compromising on its core values and legitimizing Putin’s approach to international politics.

        • The War in Ukraine Could Change Poland

          Judy DempseyTuesday, March 15, 2022

            Ukrainians fleeing their homes in cities under Russian bombardment have been met with kindness and solidarity in Poland. To fully restore its image in the EU, Warsaw must show it respects the values Ukraine is fighting for.

          • Darkness Looms Over Ukraine’s Neighborhood

            Thomas de WaalThursday, March 03, 2022

              With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, no country in the EU’s Eastern neighborhood can feel secure about its future. Strengthening the resilience of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Moldova must become the union's immediate priority.

            • Judy Asks: Is Belarus’s Sovereignty Over?

              Judy DempseyThursday, February 24, 2022

                Belarus is instrumental in Russia’s ongoing military attack on Ukraine. Developments since the 2020 rigged election in Belarus and the forthcoming changes to its constitution reflect Lukashenko’s growing dependence on Putin.*

              • Reading the Political Signs From Moscow

                Gwendolyn SasseThursday, February 17, 2022

                  Putin continues to focus on the preservation of his system by means of Russian domestic and foreign policy. His threat of invading Ukraine is leaving other troubling developments out of the headlines.

                • Europe is Struggling, Thirty Years After the Maastricht Treaty

                  Stefan LehneTuesday, February 08, 2022

                    Three decades after Maastricht, the EU remains a work in progress. While the political constellation in 2022 seems favorable to reforms in several policy areas, the union could easily once again be thrown into crisis mode.

                  • Why Europe Must Boost Civil Society Support

                    Judy DempseyTuesday, December 21, 2021

                      Civil society is under attack in the EU’s neighborhood. To defend democracy, academic freedom, and independent thought, Europe should step up its assistance to repressed voices.*

                    • Europe Needs a New Reckoning on Security and Democracy

                      Rosa BalfourThursday, December 16, 2021

                        Differing threat perceptions in Western and Central Europe combined with democratic backsliding risk creating dangerous fractures within the EU. Building a shared understanding of today’s security challenges must go hand in hand with strengthening democracy in the bloc.

                      • Serbia: A Testament to People Power

                        Dimitar BechevTuesday, December 14, 2021

                          The fate of Serbia’s democracy is in the hands of its citizens. If the country is to move toward democratic accountability, it will be through bottom-up action, not the EU’s membership conditionality.

                        • Judy Asks: Is the EU Politically Committed to Its Eastern Partners?

                          Judy DempseyThursday, December 09, 2021

                            The EU’s Eastern Partnership has brought tangible benefits to its member countries but does not reflect today’s geopolitical realities. The approaching summit is a chance to tailor the initiative to partners’ diverging needs.

                          • Russia and China Mobilize Transatlantic Partners

                            Judy DempseyTuesday, December 07, 2021

                              Together, the United States and Europe can modernize the post–1945 international order. This requires a strong commitment to democracy and the defense of the norms and values that define the West.

                            • The EU Should Stand Firm on Turkey

                              Marc PieriniTuesday, November 23, 2021

                                To avoid an open rule-of-law dialogue with the EU, Turkey is being selective in its areas of engagement with the bloc. The union must make clear that compartmentalizing EU-Turkey relations to suit Ankara’s domestic political convenience is not acceptable.

                              • Continuity and Change in Belarusian Societal Attitudes

                                Gwendolyn SasseThursday, October 21, 2021

                                  Among Belarusians, trust in the political elite remains low while the perceived effectiveness of EU sanctions is decreasing. The union must keep the latter in mind when assessing its strategy toward the country.

                                • Judy Asks: Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?

                                  Judy DempseyThursday, October 14, 2021

                                    The EU remains the Western Balkans’ primary trading partner and investor. But failing to step up engagement and deliver on enlargement promises will come at a high cost and benefit the likes of Russia and China.

                                  • The High Cost of An Unpredictable Turkey

                                    Marc PieriniTuesday, October 12, 2021

                                      With twenty months left until Turkey’s legislative and presidential elections, the political debate will be fierce. The West may choose to sit it out rather than see its relationship with Ankara deteriorate even further.

                                    • Europe’s New Walls

                                      Judy DempseyTuesday, October 05, 2021

                                        Belarus is illegally sending migrants to Lithuania and Poland in response to these governments’ outspoken criticism of Lukashenko’s crackdown on the opposition. This cynical strategy is prompting the EU to forge its own short-sighted migration policy.

                                      • Georgian Democracy Is Dying By a Thousand Cuts

                                        Thomas de WaalThursday, September 09, 2021

                                          For Georgia’s ruling party, regime survival seems to trump all other considerations. Georgian Dream’s fight with Western partners and persistent political polarization risk undoing the country’s democratic progress.

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