Articles on Wider Europe

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.

Overseeing Kosovo's conditional independence (Commentary)

Pieter Feith - 09 February 2018

The lesson of Kosovo's transition to independence is the value of the ‘ICO model’; a timebound mandate and a commitment to local ownership, transparency and respect.

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.

Why Ukraine should become a Balkan country (Commentary)

Günther Fehlinger and Andreas Umland - 29 January 2018

Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, journalists and intellectuals should start paying more attention to how the countries of South-Eastern Europe (SEE) are currently preparing for their entry into the European Union. Kyiv can accelerate its own European integration by entering a number of SEE cooperation formats specifically designed to prepare the Western Balkan states for their future EU membership. 

Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review and deterring Russia (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 22 January 2018

Russia is being weaponised to justify big-ticket buys for the UK military, yet there’s little talk of what Moscow thinks matters.

Ankara’s EU charm offensive (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 18 January 2018

Turkey seems finally to be settling for a second-tier “privileged partnership” with Europe.

Ukraine on the brink of kleptocracy (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 05 January 2018

Europe needs to confront Ukraine’s leadership sooner rather than later.

Austria: Russia’s Trojan Horse? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 21 December 2017

Europe should be worried about the new Austrian government’s proximity to Russia, not Hungary.

Russia’s military victory masks diplomatic impotence in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2017

Damascus has continually rebuffed Russian efforts to pivot to a political track, highlighting Moscow’s apparent inability to rein in its client.