Democracy and Rule of Law

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

        • Judy Asks: Should the West Talk to the Taliban?

          Judy DempseyThursday, September 02, 2021

            Western governments must be clear that any eventual engagement with the Taliban will have strict conditions, including respect for women’s rights. Speaking to the Taliban leadership should not be equated with legitimizing the new regime.

          • The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind

            Judy DempseyThursday, July 15, 2021

              Chancellor Merkel’s last official visit to the White House holds a special political significance. President Biden has placed human rights and rule of law at the top of his agenda, just as these values are under attack from within and outside Europe.

            • How the EU Can Engage Russian Civil Society

              Maria DomańskaTuesday, June 29, 2021

                The European Union must ensure the survival of Russian civil society that is now subject to unprecedented repression. It also needs a strategy to respond quickly in case a narrow window of opportunity for democratic change opens in Russia.

              • The EU-U.S. Summit Is a Test for New Transatlantic Cooperation

                Rosa BalfourTuesday, June 15, 2021

                  The Americans and Europeans have to reconcile their differences in dealing with authoritarian regimes. This is an immense challenge facing these democracies.

                • Judy Asks: Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?

                  Judy DempseyThursday, June 03, 2021

                    EU sanctions will not change Belarusian leader Lukashenko’s determination to cling to power, but they send an important signal. To avoid isolating ordinary citizens, the EU must combine sanctions with enhanced support for Belarusian civil society.

                  • Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus

                    Judy DempseyTuesday, May 25, 2021

                      It took the hijacking of a plane and the kidnapping of a journalist to shake Europe out of its complacency over Belarus. Beyond sanctions, the EU’s response should include supporting Belarusian society and reconsidering Nord Stream 2.

                    • The Powerlessness of the Palestinians

                      Judy DempseyTuesday, May 18, 2021

                        The renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas should be a catalyst for ending the unsustainable status quo in the region. Negotiating a ceasefire and rebuilding trust will require an immense diplomatic effort by the United States and regional actors.

                      • The Conference on the Future of Europe—an Experiment in Citizens’ Participation

                        Stefan LehneThursday, May 13, 2021

                          The Conference on the Future of Europe is built on a haphazard compromise between competing visions, institutional rivalries, and the role of citizens. As such, it is unlikely to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the EU.

                        • The EU’s Passive Approach to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

                          Marwan MuasherThursday, May 06, 2021

                            The Europeans have paid lip service to a two-state solution based on an independent Palestine alongside Israel. But without a clear plan to make it happen, such a solution will remain unattainable.

                          • Poland’s Constitution Under Siege

                            Judy DempseyTuesday, May 04, 2021

                              Poland and the EU are locked in a bitter battle over the rule of law. At stake is something so fundamental to both sides: the meaning and exercise of sovereignty.

                            • The Wider Context of President Biden's Armenian Statement

                              Marc PieriniTuesday, April 27, 2021

                                Biden’s recognition of the killing and deportation of Armenians as genocide has caused outrage in Turkey. Dealing with a nation’s past is immensely complex. It can only be done by a country’s leaders and citizens.

                              • Germany’s Ambiguity Toward Human Rights Weakens Europe

                                Judy DempseyTuesday, April 20, 2021

                                  As she nears the end of her last term as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel should revert to toughening the EU’s stance on human rights. Making them subservient to trade and economic ties discredits the EU.

                                • Vaccinate the Billions or Lose the Battle for Democracy

                                  Luke CooperTuesday, April 13, 2021

                                    The EU should back a coordinated global industrial strategy, including vaccine production facilities across the world, otherwise China will plug the gap. That means challenging private-sector patent monopolies.

                                  • Bulgaria’s Election: The EU’s Negligence of Corruption and Its Values

                                    Judy DempseyTuesday, April 06, 2021

                                      EU governments are undermining the rule of law, independent judiciaries, and vibrant media. What a bonus for Russia’s and China’s efforts to weaken and divide Europe.

                                    • Judy Asks: Will the EU Recovery Fund Happen?

                                      Judy DempseyThursday, April 01, 2021

                                        On March 26, the German Constitutional Court ordered the country’s president not to sign off on legislation to ratify the EU’s €750 billion post-coronavirus recovery fund. At stake is Europe’s ability to recover after the pandemic is over.

                                      • Why Europe Need Not Fail Over Human Rights

                                        Judy DempseyMonday, March 22, 2021

                                          The Biden administration is making the defense of human rights one of its foreign policy priorities. Other democracies, particularly in Europe, should actively support this shift.

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