Articles on Wider Europe

A balance of values and interests: Germany, realpolitik, and Russia policy (Commentary)

Roderich Kiesewetter - 15 October 2020

Recent events show that Moscow does not take Berlin seriously when it acts alone. Germany must coordinate its actions at the European level and find common responses to Russia’s behaviour.

How the EU became marginalised in Nagorno-Karabakh (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 13 October 2020

EU diplomacy could facilitate a conflict settlement process by pressuring Armenia and Azerbaijan to start implementing the Madrid Principles.

A captive ally: Why Russia isn't rushing to Armenia's aid (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 08 October 2020

Russia appears willing to allow Azerbaijan to recapture some areas around Nagorno-Karabakh, betting on Armenian dependency and Azerbaijani gratitude.

A hill here, a village there: Nagorno-Karabakh and the salami-slicing wars (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 02 October 2020

Azerbaijan and Armenia are shifting from two decades of ‘frozen conflict settlement’ to an era of ‘salami-slicing wars’ – small conflicts designed to extract diplomatic concessions or regain territory from the adversary slice by slice.

Best to sit and talk: How to solve the conflict in the eastern Mediterranean (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 24 September 2020

A conflict could be brewing in the eastern Mediterranean. Here’s how to stop it.

A spider’s web of poisoning cases (Commentary)

Iliyana Kondareva - 23 September 2020

Regardless of whether it ordered the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin has created a system in which the powerful believe they can kill with impunity.

Serbia’s 5G deal with Washington: The art of muddling through (Commentary)

Majda Ruge, Stefan Vladisavljev - 22 September 2020

There is no obvious reason why Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic would turn his back on a relationship with China from which he draws a great deal of political capital.

Meeting Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: How Europeans should support the Belarusian opposition (Commentary)

Lia Quartapelle - 16 September 2020

The EU should nurture Belarusian protesters’ experiences with political participation and their demands for democracy.

Belarus and Armenia: How Russia handles uprisings (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel & Nicu Popescu & Andrew Wilson - 16 September 2020

Russia’s goal in its neighbourhood is to regain influence, not to be surrounded by neutral, self-sufficient buffer states.

What Montenegro’s future government means for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Sinisa Vukovic, Majda Ruge - 15 September 2020

Supporters of Western integration for Montenegro may look hopefully at the smallest – and pro-European – member of the new coalition. But wider forces are likely to overwhelm it.