Articles on Wider Europe

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.

Curtain comes down on Balkan Hague tribunals (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 13 December 2017

Many crimes remain unanswered for, but with the Hague phase essentially over, it is about time for the difficult process of reconciliation.

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.

Debacle in the Donbas (Commentary)

Valentin Torba - 24 November 2017

The Donbas is seeing a coup within a coup, as two of the leading separatists turn on each other.

Spain’s Kosovo-Catalonia conundrum (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 24 November 2017

Madrid is inadvertently equating Catalonia and Kosovo and, by doing so, revealing itself to be unable to distinguish between legitimate aspirations for self-rule and destabilizing separatism.