EU Integration and Enlargement

  • Strategic Europe

    Why the EU Must Open Its Doors to Ukraine

    Granting Ukraine EU candidate status would send an important signal to its government and citizens. But this must go hand in hand with weapons supplies and support for the country’s reconstruction.

  • Strategic Europe

    Putin is Banking on Europe’s Divisions Over Russia

    The parliamentary election setback for President Macron and bickering inside the German and Italian coalitions play into Moscow’s hands. If EU member states falter over Ukraine, European security will be jeopardized.

  • Research

    What Has Stopped EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans?

    The accession of Western Balkan countries to the EU has stalled due to issues within the union as well as in the region itself. Renewed commitment on both sides is needed to break the current impasse.

  • Research

    Supporting Democracy After the Invasion of Ukraine

    • Richard Youngs, Ken Godfrey, Nic Cheeseman, Christian Leffler, Julia Leininger, Staffan I. Lindberg, Michael Meyer-Resende, Victoria Perotti, Anthony Smith
    • June 14, 2022

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has dramatically altered the security and defense architecture of Europe. It also has the potential to reshape democracy support policies, changing practices of defending and extending democratic values and of interactions with autocratic states.

  • Commentary

    Europe Must Not Allow the Momentum for Expansion to Slip

    The war in Ukraine has given impetus to a new round of EU enlargement. Concerns about corruption, stagnation, and democratic backsliding tendencies may hamper the union's response but engagement with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia must be sustained.

  • Strategic Europe

    Georgia, Europe’s Problem Child

    Political wrangling and polarization continue to erode democracy in Georgia. But Tbilisi’s bid for EU membership gives Brussels leverage to help get the country back on track.

  • Strategic Europe

    Judy Asks: Does the EU Need a New Enlargement Policy?

    Ukraine’s membership bid has placed enlargement high on the EU’s agenda. The bloc must rethink the accession process to make it more effective while maintaining democratic and rule-of-law standards.

  • Strategic Europe

    A Fragile Stability in Moldova

    Precariously located at the edge of the war in Ukraine, Moldova is thus far coping with Russian security threats. But the conflict’s socioeconomic fallout poses real dangers.

  • Strategic Europe

    Russia’s War in Ukraine Must Change the EU

    The EU needs to plan now for a new policy toward its Eastern neighbors. It cannot wait for Russia to end its destruction of Ukraine or destabilize other countries in the region.

    • July 17, 2020
    • NPR
    Cornelius Adebahr
    EU Leaders Meet To Discuss Economic Impact Of COVID-19
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    • March 29, 2017
    • Euronews
    Stefan Lehne
    Brexit Talks Set to Be Complex and Messy
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    • November 28, 2016
    • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Marc Pierini
    Will the Trump Phenomenon Sweep Across Europe?
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