EU Integration and Enlargement

    • Commentary

    Erdogan’s Relationship With Putin is Part of His Game

    Turkey’s positioning as the antithesis of European values, as well as its relationship with Russia, should raise questions about Ankara’s presence in the proposed European Political Community. The EU must not abandon its own principles and convictions in the name of realpolitik.

    • Multimedia

    Bulgaria’s Elections: A Shift Away From the West and Toward the Kremlin?

    Political and economic turmoil in Sofia has resulted in the fourth election in just 18 months. Should former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov return to power, the new government is unlikely to take a tough stance against Russia.

    • Commentary

    A Democratic Roadmap for Ukraine

    International support for Ukraine thus far has focused on immediate priorities. While supplying weapons, sanctioning Russia, and adjusting energy prices are of great importance, a longer-term vision is also needed to ensure a better future for Ukraine.

    • Strategic Europe

    Why Ukraine Must Win

    A Russian victory against Ukraine would be devastating for Europe’s security and stability. European governments have no excuse for not realizing what is at stake.

    • Strategic Europe

    European Unity Can Endure the Winter of Discontent

    The coming winter promises to be dark and difficult. But doomsters may be proven wrong in anticipating that the war effort in Ukraine’s support will divide the EU.

    • 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

    The EU and Dispute Settlement: The Case of the Macedonian Name Issue

    • Dimitar Bechev
    • June 30, 2022
    • East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures

    The agreement that settled the name dispute between (North) Macedonia and Greece is considered a major success for the EU. European institutions helped resolve a domestic political crisis in Skopje and facilitated the handover of power to a government willing to compromise with Athens.

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