The European Union’s commitment to democratic values are close to shatters as Cyprus and the European People’s Party contribute to keeping autocratic or corrupt leaders in power.
The people of Belarus are peacefully demonstrating for their freedom. The EU’s member states, along with the United States, should do much more to support them.
Angela Merkel, in her last stint as German chancellor, can still make a major difference for her country’s—and Europe’s—policy toward Belarus and Russia.
Because of Russia, the EU will choose to thread carefully in its reaction to the tumultuous events taking place in Belarus. Moscow will remain the decisive player as the United States stays on the sidelines.
The revolution taking place in Belarus on the European Union’s doorstep shows the enduring appeal of freedom, democracy, and courage. The reactions of the EU and Russia will test these aspirations.
The reelection of Polish President Andrzej Duda represents an existential threat to the European Union’s legal order. After more than a decade of talk about conditionality, member states must act now.
The inconclusive first round of Poland’s presidential election showed a Polish leader and government undoing the gains of joining the European Union. The EU can take some of the blame.
Citizens’ assemblies have sprouted up in several European countries. It remains to be seen whether they can efficiently boost governments’ responses to climate change.
What happens in Hong Kong with China’s new national security legislation will seriously test Europe’s commitment to democracy, international law, and human rights.
Democracy and the rule of law are being undermined in Hungary and Poland. While all focus is on the coronavirus, the EU institutions and the big member states are doing little to protect core values.
The way autocratic regimes make use of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting democracy and governance worldwide. Turkey is no exception.
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 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 biggest challenge that democracies face against cyber threats is to develop effective responses without undermining the very values and principles they are designed to protect.
Canal Istanbul is a truly international and environmental issue, not just a dream-come-true story for Turkey’s leadership.
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.
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
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