Democracy and Rule of Law

  • Why Ukraine Must Win
    September 20, 2022

    A Russian victory against Ukraine would be devastating for Europe’s security and stability. European governments have no excuse for not realizing what is at stake.

  • Judy Asks: Is the EU Too Soft on Hungary?

    Judy DempseyThursday, September 15, 2022

      For too long, the EU has neglected Viktor Orbán’s attack on its fundamental values. Brussels must use its financial leverage to halt Hungary’s democratic decline.

    • Gorbachev’s Legacies

      Judy DempseyTuesday, September 06, 2022

        Albeit unwittingly, the Soviet Union’s last president paved the way for complex democratic transformations across Eastern Europe. The values these countries fought for must now be protected within the EU itself.

      • Europe’s Geopolitical Turn Needs a Democratic Reboot

        Rosa BalfourTuesday, July 05, 2022

          After a decade of crises in Europe, historic decisions were taken at the EU and NATO summits to strengthen the continent. To overcome today’s challenges, Brussels must confront the causes of its paralysis in the 2010s.

        • Judy Asks: Are the EU’s Enlargement Promises Credible?

          Judy DempseyThursday, June 30, 2022

            Granting candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova has earned the EU praise. But by keeping Western Balkan countries in the waiting room, the union is aggravating the region’s frustrations with Brussels.

          • NATO and the EU’s Strength Lies in Their Unity

            Hanna OjanenTuesday, June 28, 2022

              Russia’s war against Ukraine shows why NATO and the EU are both essential for European security. The two offer different yet complementary models for organizing the continent’s defense.

            • Georgia, Europe’s Problem Child

              Thomas de WaalThursday, June 09, 2022

                Political wrangling and polarization continue to erode democracy in Georgia. But Tbilisi’s bid for EU membership gives Brussels leverage to help get the country back on track.

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

                Judy DempseyThursday, 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.

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