Articles on Nicu Popescu

Why a new Yalta wouldn’t end the malaise between the West and Russia (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 09 June 2020

The political moment might seem propitious for a new Yalta, but such a system is likely to create more problems than it solves.

Serbia and coronavirus propaganda: High time for a transactional EU (Commentary)

Majda Ruge & Nicu Popescu - 04 June 2020

It is time for the EU to direct much more of its financial assistance through channels other than highly corrupt governments that consistently violate European norms and standards.

The EU’s strategic sovereignty starts in Eastern Europe (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel & Nicu Popescu - 20 May 2020

The real test of the EU’s power and its strategic sovereignty will be in how it deals with external problems – not least those in its neighbourhood.

How the coronavirus threatens a geopolitical Europe (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 30 March 2020

After the crisis, the EU will face the same geopolitical problems it did before. But, this time, it might need to tackle them with less internal solidarity and external credibility.

 

Familiarity breeds contempt: Why Russia makes mistakes on the world stage (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 14 March 2019

For all the accepted wisdom to the contrary, Russia is largely failing to achieve its core foreign policy objectives

Nord Stream 2: ECFR opinions (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Josef Janning & Kadri Liik & Nicu Popescu - 20 December 2018

Nord Stream 2 is a contentious project - here, ECFR experts weigh in on the debate with an array of opinions on the topic

Ukraine’s new front is Europe’s big challenge (Commentary)

Carl Bildt, Nicu Popescu - 28 November 2018

There’s plenty Europe should do to push back against Russia’s latest attack on Ukraine

Russian cyber sins and storms (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 10 October 2018

Cyber-espionage is business as usual for most great-power governments - so why the growing storm of indignation directed at Russia's cyber activities? 

Three scenarios for Ukraine (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 11 March 2014

Following events in Crimea, three worrying scenarios are conveivable, including a future with more military interventions. To minismise the chance of this happening, Russia's actions have to be met more than just diplomatic signals.

Time for Azerbaijan to open up (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 01 October 2012

Azerbaijan has hydrocarbon riches and a strategic position, which means that all the great powers have an interest in good relations. But one family has dominated the political scene for many years, corruption is rampant and the economy needs diversifying. It’s time to open up.