Democracy and Rule of Law

  • Strategic Europe

    NATO and the EU’s Strength Lies in Their Unity

    Russia’s war against Ukraine shows why NATO and the EU are both essential for European security. The two offer different yet complementary models for organizing the continent’s defense.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Commentary

    Even if Johnson Wins Tonight’s Vote, He Will Be Damaged Beyond Repair

    Despite the positive vote of confidence for Boris Johnson, public distrust of the British prime minister will negatively affect his party. To save face, the Conservative party should remove Johnson and replace him with a leader who is regarded as honest and competent.

  • Multimedia

    Populism in Europe

    Populist parties have gained momentum in Europe, from Hungary and Poland to Italy and France. Addressing the causes of populism in Europe will require a reexamination of the links between the local, national and European levels.

  • Multimedia

    What Do the UK Local Election Results Mean?

    Age and education have largely determined British votes in the recent local elections. Looking at the big parties’ race, the main question is whether past trends will hold in the run-up to the general election.

    • May 13, 2022
    • Prospect
    Peter Kellner
    What Do the UK Local Election Results Mean?
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    • April 28, 2022
    • NPR (All Things Considered)
    Judy Dempsey
    What an Election in Slovenia Could Mean for Europe
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    • April 25, 2022
    • BBC
    Judy Dempsey
    The Age of The Strongman Leader
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