Articles on Wider Europe

Kosovo: Between Kiribati and Kuwait (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 16 February 2008

Kosovo?s independence will require restraint and calm by all parties. Even so, it will present a number of key challenges for the EU.

State building and the EU's supra-national momentum (Commentary)

Ulrike Guérot - 08 February 2008

Kosovo's imminent independence - while the right course - raises difficult questions about some elements of the European project.

Serbia's European dream lives on - but only just (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 04 February 2008

Pro-European Boris Tadic may have regained the Serbian presidency, but his country remains sharply divided and the fight for its European future is not over. The EU should think hard about ways to support the pro-democracy camp.

Macedonia: a Light unto the Gentiles? (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 08 January 2008

Despite recent problems, Macedonia's record is still "best in class" and its Euro-Atlantic integration should continue posthaste.

Putin's Mini-Me (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 20 December 2007

Even after a reciprocal endorsement between Putin and Medvedev, a delicate balancing act will be necessary to manage Putin?s succession in the coming months.

Russia's elections and the Putin succession (Commentary)

- 11 December 2007

Will Russia's political tradition of personalised autocracy allow Putin's survival strategy to succeed? An analysis in Bulgarian

Curtain time in Kosovo (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 11 December 2007

After trying to resolve Kosovo's status, diplomats have given up. The U.S and the EU now need to back the compromise proposed by UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and re-affirm the region's European trajectory.

Russia?s over-managed democracy (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 04 December 2007

Putin?s grand plan may not yet be clear, but most of the likely variants now hinge on how he will use the mandate from Sunday?s election to stage-manage the next vote in March.

Observing Russia's elections (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 02 December 2007

Whatever the electoral outcome, Putin wins. But this time, the manner of the Russian strongman?s victory will undermine not only Russian democracy; but the credibility of Europe?s democracy-promotion.

A month for hard power (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 28 November 2007

There?s a real risk that, in the weeks between now and Christmas, the EU will face violence in either Kosovo, where 15,000 European troops underwrite security, or Lebanon where 8,000 Europeans have made up the backbone of the UN peace force.