Articles on Fredrik Wesslau

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.

What to do about Turkey? (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 17 October 2017

Suspending Turkey’s EU accession process would be a strategic mistake of historic proportions.

Putin’s peacekeepers: Beware of Russians bearing gifts (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 11 September 2017

The West should engage with Russia's peacekeeping proposal - but skeptically and with clear conditions.

MacMeltdown: Understanding the political crisis in Macedonia (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Fredrik Wesslau - 05 May 2017

The ongoing crisis in Macedonia could become destabilizing for the region unless the EU takes more decisive action.

The Populist-Putin-Trump insurgency against liberal Europe (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 05 December 2016

The new axis between Trump’s America, Putin’s Russia, and European populists represents a toxic mix for the liberal order in Europe. 

Putin’s friends in Europe (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 19 October 2016

The upsurge of populism in Europe has provided Russia with an ample supply of sympathetic political parties across the continent.

View from Stockholm: Not the time for frailty (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 14 October 2016

Given Russia’s multiple moves to up the ante in recent weeks, Stockholm sees no reason for the EU to change direction.

View from Stockholm: Brexit and the future of Europe (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 15 September 2016

Sweden has much to lose from a hard divorce.

Russia sanctions and magical thinking (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 23 June 2016

Sanctions are clearly not an end in themselves. They are a tool and as such should be responsive to ensure maximum leverage. But this flexibility should not come at the cost of credibility.

Will the EU prolong economic sanctions against Russia? (Commentary)

Fredrik Wesslau - 16 May 2016

The lack of progress on the Minsk agreement means not only that the condition of fully implementing the agreement remains unfulfilled - it has also effectively killed the idea of a partial easing of sanctions.