EU Eastern Neighborhood

  • Europe’s New Walls
    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.

    • The Message of Merkel’s Last Official Visits to Russia and Ukraine

      Gwendolyn SasseThursday, August 26, 2021

        The German chancellor’s legacy with regard to Russia and Ukraine is mixed, if not contradictory. Still, her successor is unlikely to show the same level of interest, commitment, or clout in their relations with Kiev and Moscow.

      • Europe’s Looming Unpredictable Autumn

        Judy DempseyThursday, July 22, 2021

          There will be no respite when European leaders return from a summer break punctuated by floods, cyber attacks, coronavirus, and challenges to the EU’s rule of law. All the more reason for them to explain to citizens what is at stake for Europe’s future.*

        • 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.

          • Russia-Europe Relations Depend on Moscow Confronting the Past

            Judy DempseyThursday, June 24, 2021

              A defining feature of Russia’s leadership is the refusal to deal with the country’s Stalinist past. Until the Kremlin stops whitewashing history, a politically stable relationship between Europe and Russia cannot exist.

            • Nord Stream 2 is Germany’s—and Europe’s—Achilles’ Heel

              Judy DempseyTuesday, June 08, 2021

                The completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline deals Russia several cards that weaken Germany, divide Europe, and blackmail Ukraine. If the EU is to engage globally, it must stop serving as Moscow’s playground.

              • 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.

                  • 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.

                    • Judy Asks: Should NATO Admit Ukraine?

                      Judy DempseyThursday, April 15, 2021

                        There is no consensus in NATO in favor of Ukraine’s membership. What the most determined Western countries can do is provide intelligence and military support to Ukraine, including weaponry and capability building.

                      • In Georgia, a New Crisis That No One Needs

                        Thomas de WaalThursday, February 25, 2021

                          When it should be dealing with issues of global importance, Georgia’s government seems intent on shredding the country’s democratic credentials and waging an acrimonious political civil war on its domestic opponents.

                        • The Political Awakening of Belarusian Society

                          Gwendolyn SasseThursday, February 11, 2021

                            A new survey shows that Belarusian society has become much more politicized since the beginning of protests in August 2020. Western actors must seize on this opportunity to engage with ordinary Belarusians.

                          • Judy Asks: Is the EU Willing to Defend Human Rights Globally?

                            Judy DempseyThursday, February 04, 2021

                              The EU has approved a new global human rights sanctions regime. But will national interests continue to prevent the union from effectively protecting people in places like Belarus, China, and Russia?

                            • The Baltic States Rally for Change in Belarus and Russia

                              Judy DempseyTuesday, January 26, 2021

                                Smaller EU countries are punching above their weight in defending values and supporting pro-democracy forces in the EU’s neighborhood. They are preparing for the day after in Minsk and Moscow.

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

                                Judy DempseyThursday, January 21, 2021

                                  The poisoning of Alexei Navalny and his detention in Moscow should spur the EU into finally adopting a tough and united strategy toward the Russia of President Vladimir Putin.

                                • Europe’s Weak Defense of Its Democracy

                                  Judy DempseyTuesday, January 12, 2021

                                    The storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump should be enough of a warning. EU leaders must speak up about the fragility of their own democracy and democratic institutions in Europe.

                                  • Belarus’s Optimistic Protesters and Putin’s Intentions

                                    Gwendolyn SasseThursday, December 03, 2020

                                      Four months after the start of mass protests in Belarus, a new survey shows that Belarusians are optimistic they will achieve regime change. The EU must make sure it’s ready for the transition when it comes.

                                    • What Role for Europe as Georgia Heads Toward Political Turmoil?

                                      Nona MikhelidzeTuesday, November 24, 2020

                                        Georgia has missed the chance to achieve a coalition government and end the tradition of one-party rule. After its 2020 parliamentary election, the country seems doomed to another four years of oligarchic rule.

                                      • What Role for Europe in the New Post-War Caucasus?

                                        Thomas de WaalThursday, November 19, 2020

                                          Russia’s peace deal for Armenia and Azerbaijan has halted the war over Nagorny Karabakh and exposed the Western countries as bystanders. The Europeans must now try to help shape a lasting peace on the ground.

                                        Please note

                                        You are leaving the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy's website and entering another Carnegie global site.