The EU faces a democracy trilemma. Only by enhancing transnational democratic interdependence, national democratic legitimacy, and local democratic vitality will the EU fix it.
The EU’s understandable priority in Gaza is to contain further violence. But the union also needs a deeper policy that addresses the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
To address the root causes of chaos and disorder in the Middle East, the EU needs to develop a two-pronged approach that focuses on both security and political reform.
Today’s Euro-Mediterranean partnership needs to be rethought at the diametric opposite of what it had originally been set up for.
After the EU floundered in its initial response to the Arab Spring, it now has to reconsider some of the fundamental tenets of its strategic approach to the Middle East.
With the current liberal world order under threat, it is high time the EU fine-tuned the ways in which it defends its core principles.
EU-Belarus relations have been frozen for years. A debate is now taking shape on whether the new geostrategic context across Europe’s East might unblock this atrophy.
Rising democracies are becoming key players in global democracy promotion, but they often struggle to detach the external support they provide from their own transition experiences.
The European elections should not be seen as a definitive guide to the state of European democracy. They do not speak to the root causes of the EU’s democratic malaise.
Politics in the Middle East are polarized and fragmented. The Arab Spring’s citizen-led spirit of reform is still alive, but societies are torn apart by bitter tensions.