Region
Europe

  • Germany’s Russia Complex Enables a Contested Eastern Europe
    February 15, 2022

    Russia’s threats to invade Ukraine again should lead to a fundamental change in Berlin’s policy toward Moscow. If not, Eastern Europe will become a contested region that destabilizes the EU.

  • Judy Asks: Do the Europeans Trust France?

    Judy DempseyThursday, February 10, 2022

      President Macron’s diplomatic overtures to end the Ukraine-Russia crisis won him cautious praise but also drew criticism. While some EU member states are skeptical of Paris, the alternatives to French leadership are few.

    • 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.

      • What Ukraine Reveals About NATO and the EU

        Judy DempseyTuesday, February 01, 2022

          Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s border has prompted a coherent response from NATO and exposed the disunity of the EU. Without a clear policy toward its eastern neighbors and Moscow, the union cannot meet today’s geopolitical challenges.

        • The Russia-NATO Crisis Tests Turkey’s Balancing Policy

          Marc PieriniTuesday, January 25, 2022

            Ankara’s drone sales to Kiev have angered Moscow. A military escalation in and around Ukraine would endanger Turkey’s relationship with Russia, impair its participation in NATO operations, or both.

          • China’s Bullying of Lithuania Spurs European Unity

            Judy DempseyTuesday, January 18, 2022

              Beijing has gone to great lengths to punish Lithuania for opening a Taiwanese representative office. In the long run, China’s tactics may end up making the EU stronger and more resilient.

            • Judy Asks: Can Diplomacy Rescue European Security?

              Judy DempseyThursday, January 13, 2022

                Faced with Russia’s military threat against Ukraine and demands for NATO to stop further expansion, the West wants a dialogue with Moscow. Diplomatic efforts that are not underpinned by hard power may not be enough to avert a war.

              • Europe and the United States Play Into Putin’s Hands

                Judy DempseyThursday, January 06, 2022

                  Transatlantic disunity and a lack of strategy over how to deal with Russia’s ultimatum is placing Europe’s security architecture at risk. The West has no choice but to put up a strong united front.

                • 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.

                          • NATO Must Adapt to an Era of Hybrid Threats

                            John R. DeniThursday, December 02, 2021

                              NATO struggles to respond to events falling in between the seams of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security. Allies should use the 2022 Strategic Concept to map out how they will deal with Russian and Chinese hybrid warfare.

                            • The Other Britain Waiting to Surface

                              Peter KellnerTuesday, November 30, 2021

                                Boris Johnson ignores the old truth that blaming scapegoats is one way to a run a campaign but no way to run a country. While this lasts, the flame of rational, outward-looking patriotism must be kept alight by Britain’s civil society.

                              • Germany’s New Government Upends the Status Quo

                                Judy DempseyThursday, November 25, 2021

                                  A new coalition in Germany has ambitious plans to modernize a country that slipped into complacency and risk aversion. Its newfound energy could give the EU a much-needed impulse.

                                • 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.

                                  • Judy Asks: Is Europe in Denial About Russia?

                                    Judy DempseyThursday, November 18, 2021

                                      Most European leaders are disillusioned with Russia. But continuing divisions inside the EU over how to deal with the Kremlin prevent a coherent Russia strategy and play into the hands of Putin.

                                    • How Europe Can Build Upon COP26

                                      Olivia LazardTuesday, November 16, 2021

                                        If climate action fails, the EU will succumb to economic breakdown of supply chains and migratory pressures. To avoid this, the bloc must advance climate justice and restore trust between developed and developing economies.

                                      • Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability

                                        Judy DempseyTuesday, November 09, 2021

                                          The EU has been slow and irresolute in stopping Minsk from using migrants as a hybrid weapon to weaken the bloc. A migration and asylum policy—not a fortress Europe—is the answer.

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