Gun battles in northern Macedonia have exposed the fragility of this Western Balkan country and the urgency for the EU and NATO to give it a membership perspective.
Slovenia has hardly any ambition in foreign policy, and the country’s contribution to joint EU policymaking is minimal.
Corruption and attacks on press freedom are becoming all too common in the Western Balkans, yet the European Union remains far too passive in tackling them.
As Moldova, Macedonia, and Montenegro are knocking on the doors of EU and NATO, the West cannot take these countries’ European orientation for granted.
Russia is undermining the EU aspirations of the Western Balkans. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the few European leaders who has pointed that out.
The last thing the EU needs is instability in its backyard. That’s why a credible EU enlargement policy is more urgent than ever for the Western Balkans.
Every week a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Last year’s agreement between Serbia and Kosovo to normalize relations remains a major EU foreign policy success. Now, it should have a positive impact on the rest of the region.
Western EU member states are quick to welcome highly trained migrants from Bulgaria and Romania, but they are loath to educate and integrate those from the Roma community.
In Strategic Europe’s final blog post of 2013, Jan Techau and Judy Dempsey discuss the major issues that are (and should be) on the EU’s foreign policy agenda.
The six countries leading diplomatic efforts with Iran are at odds over many strategic issues. But Tehran’s nuclear program is one area of global policy that unites them all.
Almost a century on, World War I still offers valuable lessons for Europeans. If the EU wants to keep the peace at home, it needs to become a bigger force for peace abroad.
The long-awaited official review of the EEAS is smart, realistic, and ambitious. It is now up to the member states and institutions to drive EU foreign policy forward.
Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
The EU should use the landmark agreement between Belgrade and Pristina to change the political landscape across the western Balkans and foster democracy further afield.
On April 2, the governments of Serbia and Kosovo could reach agreement on a constitutional modus vivendi. If it happens, this deal will mark a breakthrough for the entire region as well as for the EU’s Catherine Ashton.
Conferences like the MSC have become far too big and unwieldy to take away a clear message. But they are still useful.
The acquittal of two Croatian generals is a depressing indictment for a court that was meant to end impunity for some of Europe’s worst war criminals.
In the guise of a strictly legal procedure, the Gazprom case has brought into focus a geopolitical issue of the highest importance for Europe and Russia.
Any doubts you might have harbored about the effectiveness of the EU’s soft power have been confirmed by a devastating report by the European Court of Auditors on Kosovo.