Articles on ECFR Council

Balkans: On track for EU membership or stagnation? (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 15 February 2018

Three sets of challenges will have to be overcome if any of the candidate countries are to become EU members in 2025.

Kosovo: The need for dialogue (Commentary)

Robert Cooper - 15 February 2018

The 10th anniversary of independence is a good moment for Kosovo to look forward and ask what sort of state it wants to be.

A New Beginning for European Defence (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Norbert Röttgen - 14 February 2018

It is time to move past institutional integration and develop practical European security capabilities.

Kosovo's path to independence (Commentary)

Albert Rohan - 02 February 2018

Kosovo’s independence has become an irreversible fact, even if Serbia, Russia, and some other countries persist in their denial of reality.

Resolving the Macedonian Name Dispute: Prospect for Transformative Mutual Recognition (Commentary)

Veton Latifi and Kalypso Nicolaidis - 12 December 2017

Greece and Macedonia need to distinguish between issues where they can agree to disagree and those where they need to agree.

Time for the Sleeping Beauty to wake (Commentary)

Enrique Mora Benavente - 15 November 2017

Whether Europe will be able to make a difference in foreign policy depends on whether member states can fulfil PESCO’s commitments.

Is peace in Donbas possible? (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 12 October 2017

An ambitious international peacekeeping and transition operation is badly needed in the Donbas.

Russia and the West: Handling the clash of worldviews (Commentary)

Vygaudas Usackas - 04 October 2017

While defending the EU's interests and values, we should continue to retain bridges with the Russian people.

A normative crisis: How to protect democratic values in Europe (Commentary)

Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz - 19 September 2017

New financial mechanisms are needed to support civic initiatives to strengthen democratic values in Member States.

If Trump blows up the Iran deal, he’ll cause a meltdown in Europe, too (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 02 August 2017

The Iran agreement isn’t about Iran alone. It’s about upholding confidence in the international order.