Poland’s successful mediating role in Ukraine did not happen overnight. It was the result of a long-term strategy of rapprochement that Warsaw has pursued for over two decades.
Regardless of how the ongoing crisis in Ukraine unfolds, one thing is clear: it has exposed Russia as a declining power masquerading behind insubstantial posturing.
In the struggle between the EU and Russia over Eastern Europe, Brussels needs to clarify its long-term objectives. Is EU membership an option for its Eastern neighbors or not?
The revolution in Ukraine is not about money. It is about values, and that is why time plays in favor of Europe.
European leaders cannot afford to disagree over the worsening turmoil in Ukraine. The EU should delegate Germany and Poland to help resolve the crisis.
Georgia and Moldova will face huge pressure from Russia to renege on recently initialed partnership agreements with the EU. Brussels can help them hold their nerve.
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.
Stuttering efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Europe’s neighborhood show why the European Endowment for Democracy is so badly needed.
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.
Whatever happens at today’s Vilnius summit, EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle believes that the prospect of membership is the most transformative instrument the EU has.
Ukraine’s decision not to sign a landmark agreement with the EU does not signal defeat for the EU’s foreign policy. On the contrary, the bloc emerges stronger than before.
After its success with Ukraine, Russia will try to blackmail Georgia and Moldova into refusing EU association agreements. Europe needs to think about how to counter Putin.
Ten days before the Eastern Partnership Vilnius Summit, Ukraine still has to prove it will pursue reforms. Tymoshenko’s fate complicates matters.
In recent years, the EU has displayed a lack of political will to become a serious global player. Next month’s Eastern Partnership summit is an opportunity not to be wasted.
A pro-European Ukraine would have huge advantages for Poland and the rest of the EU. But it would also have broader consequences for Eastern Europe’s complex web of interests.
The EU’s approach toward its Eastern neighbors matters hugely for the region, for the EU, and for the West as a whole. That approach needs to be bolder and more strategic.
In the struggle for influence between the EU and Russia in Europe’s East, Brussels should use its Eastern Partnership more effectively to fend off Russian intimidation.