Bringing the Western Balkans into Brussels’ fold through extra money or more vigorous diplomacy has become a priority since Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine. But the EU cannot deliver the holy grail: speedy membership.
The EU and ASEAN need each other to counterbalance the geopolitical rivalry playing out between China and the United States. A strong partnership requires better communication by Brussels.
While Paris and Berlin continue to support Ukraine, their mixed signals toward Russia have unnerved some European partners as well as Kyiv. This ambivalence could puncture EU unity.
Only the combination of military assistance and reconstruction efforts now will one day put Ukraine in the position to decide if and when it wants to negotiate.
EU-U.S. frictions are emerging over Russia’s war in Ukraine, economic nationalism, and China. Working together on security while fending off for themselves economically is not viable.
Warsaw’s anti-German campaign is preventing two major EU countries from cooperating closely. As Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine continues, a fallout can only benefit Moscow.
The EU’s failure to forge an effective migration and asylum policy undermines European integration and benefits the far right. Protecting EU external borders cannot come at the expense of migrants’ rights and lives.
Climate-vulnerable countries delivered an extraordinary COP against all odds. The EU’s support for their leadership and astute negotiation tactics also contributed to making Sharm El-Sheikh more successful than meets the eye.
In the run-up to the 2023 elections, Turkey’s foreign policy will be shaped by domestic politics. To stand a chance of winning, the opposition must unite and put forward a cohesive electoral program.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is forcing France to shift its attention to European defense. This direction could benefit both the EU and NATO.