Articles on Wider Europe

Kaliningrad: From boomtown to battle-station (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 27 March 2017

The deployment of Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad has raised fears in Europe that the territory is becoming Russia's key battle-station.

The truth about Russia's defence budget (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 24 March 2017

Contrary to recent claims, Russia's defence budget has not been slashed for 2017. 

The Balkans: Bad news rising (Commentary)

Robert Austin - 24 March 2017

Ethnic rivalries are resurfacing, but the problems are essentially political, not territorial.

Donbas: Beyond war (Commentary)

Vladimir Rafeyenko - 20 March 2017

Beyond the headlines, what is the human cost of the war in the Donbas? 

How to put Crimea back on the European agenda (Commentary)

Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 16 March 2017

Three years since annexation, Crimea remains in limbo and there are few diplomatic initiatives for its return to Ukraine. Can a working group of committed parties put Crimea back on Europe's agenda?

Democracy on the block: How the ECHR saved Georgia’s free press (Commentary)

Tornike Sharashenidze - 14 March 2017

The Georgian Dream may still have future, but to win back credibility, they have to learn from the Rustavi2 case and realise that they are accountable to the people who voted for them.

Turn the search light outwards (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 15 February 2017

In focusing exclusively on Western crimes, parts of the European Left are letting Putin and Assad off the hook for Syria and Ukraine.

More than words: Nationalism in Trump’s US and Putin’s Russia (Commentary)

Anna Arutunyan - 15 February 2017

Contrast between Trump’s outbursts and Putin’s restraint shows that Russia’s illiberal worldview still dwarves America’s alt-right.

Belarus’s game of truancy (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 14 February 2017

The traditional paradigm for Russia-Belarus relations has broken down.

Berlin: Ukraine’s last ally standing? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 02 February 2017

Russian advance and US withdrawal could see Ukraine ever more dependent on continued German support.