Articles on Wider Europe

Why the war in Libya is a test for Italy – and for a geopolitical European Commission (Commentary)

Marta Dassù - 30 June 2020

If Italy was the front facing east during the cold war, then today it is vulnerable to the south: the country has been drawn into a geopolitical competition that looms over the Strait of Sicily.

Politicised aid: Why Europe should sustain cross-border humanitarian assistance to northern Syria (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo & René Wildangel - 29 June 2020

European countries should work to renew the UN Security Council resolution on cross-border humanitarian access to northern Syria, lest the area slides into a deeper humanitarian crisis.

Hashim Thaci should resign (Commentary)

Carl Bildt, Vessela Tcherneva - 26 June 2020

The indictment for war crimes against Kosovo President Hassim Thaci helpfully upends the poorly conceived US initiative to reconcile Serbia and Kosovo. But it fatally delegitimates Kosovo’s current leadership.

Five mounting challenges for China in the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vladimir Shopov - 17 June 2020

China has not embedded itself in the Western Balkans as much as it might have done – and may even be looking back on the 2010s as a wasted decade.

Russia’s nuclear deterrence principles: what they imply, and what they do not (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 12 June 2020

Russia’s nuclear policy has long been shrouded in secrecy. But a newly published presidential decree on nuclear deterrence clarifies some issues while still leaving ample room for speculation.

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 least predictable Belarusian election in decades (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 28 May 2020

The Belarusian presidential election campaign features at least three candidates the government cannot control or ignore – all of whom have the potential to reach a broad audience. 

How a US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty would benefit the Kremlin (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 May 2020

A US withdrawal from the agreement would shift the blame from a non-compliant Moscow onto Washington, fuelling anti-Americanism and, perhaps, calls for a US military withdrawal from Europe.

It’s Turkey’s Libya now (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 20 May 2020

European countries should try to revive the political approach to resolving the Libya conflict, particularly given that Turkey may want to do so from its current position of strength.