Articles on Nicu Popescu

Russia's liberal-nationalist cocktail: elixir of life or toxic poison? (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 23 February 2012

Young, liberal figures such as Alexei Navalny and Vladimir Milov are building bridges between democratic and nationalist wings of the protest movement. Will this marriage prove a mix that mobilises a nation against the Putin regime, or will it taint the legitimacy of both sides in years to come? 


The beginning of the end for Putin? (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 06 December 2011

Russia's election results are bad news for Putin for two reasons. Firstly United Russia did badly despite the election being biased in its favour, and secondly it shows that Putin can no longer rely on an apathetic population.


How the eurozone crisis affects EU power (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 25 November 2011

The economic crisis has huge implications for EU foreign policy. There is less time for it, less money available, and Europe's ability to project soft power is in a coma.


Of euro-pessimism and failures (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 15 December 2009

Should we be depressed or happy about the state of Europe? In truth, no one knows.

EU-Armenia: high-level, but low-profile (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 12 October 2009

Armenia pragmatically tries to benefit from what the EU offers.

EU?s failure in Georgia (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 04 October 2009

The EU's 'Georgia report' needs to be seen in light of the EU's previous performance in the troubled country.

Russian and EU powers of attraction (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 13 September 2009

Does the eastern neighbourhood want to join forces with Russia, be part of the EU or go it alone?

The EU?s decline as viewed by Russia (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 25 August 2009

It's always good to know what Russia thinks of you, especially when it may have a point.

Moldova defies post-Soviet traditions (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 17 August 2009

Moldova is the only CIS country with an uninterrupted cycle of legal and constitutional transfers of power through elections since 1991.

Go east, Sweden (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu & Andrew Wilson - 31 July 2009

The Swedish presidency should tour the EU's eastern periphery to ensure the region does not feel forgotten.