Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood

    • Strategic Europe

    Georgian Democracy Is Dying By a Thousand Cuts

    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.

    • Strategic Europe

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

    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.

    • Article

    The Orthodox Church in Georgia’s Changing Society

    • Archil Gegeshidze, Mikheil Mirziashvili
    • July 23, 2021

    Georgia’s Orthodox Church was critical to the formation of the country’s identity and restoration of lost statehood in the 1990s. Today, Georgia must reconcile its conservative views with its ambitions for European integration.

    • Strategic Europe

    The Europe Angela Merkel Leaves Behind

    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.

    • Strategic Europe

    Russia-Europe Relations Depend on Moscow Confronting the Past

    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.

    • Article

    Central European Support for Democracy: New Drivers and Challenges

    To reap the benefits of being valuable partners in promoting democracy abroad, the Visegrad Four countries must address democratic backsliding at home, improve coordination among themselves, and make bigger financial commitments.

    • Article

    Georgia’s Minorities: Breaking Down Barriers to Integration

    • Rusudan Amirejibi, Kakha Gabunia
    • June 09, 2021

    Ethno-nationalist tendencies dating back to the Soviet period have alienated Georgia’s ethnic minority groups. Integrating them into the country’s political, economic, and cultural life is essential for successful nation-building in Georgia.

    • Strategic Europe

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

    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.

    • Strategic Europe

    Judy Asks: Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?

    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.

    • Strategic Europe

    Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus

    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.

Carnegie Experts on
Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood

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    Rosa Balfour
    Carnegie Europe
    Rosa Balfour is director of Carnegie Europe. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy.
  • expert thumbnail - de Waal
    Thomas de Waal
    Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    De Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.
  • expert thumbnail - Dempsey
    Judy Dempsey
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    Editor in chief
    Strategic Europe
    Dempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.
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    Stefan Lehne
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe
    Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.
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    Gwendolyn Sasse
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    Sasse is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, EU enlargement, and comparative democratization.
  • expert thumbnail - Vimont
    Pierre Vimont
    Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Europe
    Vimont is a senior fellow at Carnegie Europe. His research focuses on the European Neighborhood Policy, transatlantic relations, and French foreign policy.
  • expert thumbnail - Youngs
    Richard Youngs
    Senior Fellow
    Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
    Richard Youngs is a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy.

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