EU Integration and Enlargement

  • Commentary

    It’s Time for Bulgaria and North Macedonia to Move Forward

    North Macedonia’s access to the EU has been opposed by Bulgaria due to historical disputes. The bloc should help Sofia and Skopje to shift their focus to more practical concerns, such as trade, infrastructure, telecommunications, and energy.

  • Commentary

    How Georgia Stumbled on the Road to Europe

    Unlike Ukraine and Moldova who have been given candidate status, Georgia has been offered a much weaker offer of EU membership perspective. Despite the best efforts of the country’s protestors, the Georgian dream government is unlikely to back down and meet these demands any time soon.

  • Strategic Europe

    Europe’s Geopolitical Turn Needs a Democratic Reboot

    After a decade of crises in Europe, historic decisions were taken at the EU and NATO summits to strengthen the continent. To overcome today’s challenges, Brussels must confront the causes of its paralysis in the 2010s.

  • Strategic Europe

    Judy Asks: Are the EU’s Enlargement Promises Credible?

    Granting candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova has earned the EU praise. But by keeping Western Balkan countries in the waiting room, the union is aggravating the region’s frustrations with Brussels.

  • Commentary

    What's the Earliest Ukraine Could Realistically Join the EU?

    Ukraine should view EU accession as a long-term project. Joining the union has become increasingly harder, lengthier, and more mired with obstacles.

  • 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.

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    Cornelius Adebahr
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    • Euronews
    Stefan Lehne
    Brexit Talks Set to Be Complex and Messy
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    • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Marc Pierini
    Will the Trump Phenomenon Sweep Across Europe?
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