Articles on Wider Europe

Turkey and NATO: Is there life after brain-death? (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 05 December 2019

Rifts over Turkey were on full display in London this week, but the country’s place in NATO remains secure. Here’s why.

Open Skies: Trump’s next big blunder? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 04 December 2019

Partisan argument in Washington is helping undermine the Open Skies Treaty. The US could lose one of the most useful instruments in its relations with Russia.

A very American crisis: Why Trump is still NATO’s biggest problem (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 02 December 2019

To all appearances, Macron and Erdogan are NATO’s latest troublemakers. But it is US indifference that enables their antics.

The Lost Promise of 1989 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 19 November 2019

As is often the case, deep historical shifts tend to show up first in popular culture, and only then in formal politics. That is why we should look at the complex legacy of 1989 not only in the formal celebrations being held in Berlin, but also in the stands of a soccer stadium in Sofia.

Belarus votes: Could its verdict matter? (Commentary)

Olga Dryndova - 15 November 2019

Belarus could be standing on the brink of change. The EU should not ignore events on its outer border – and, indeed, should look for new ways to engage its neighbour.

Hopes for the future dashed: Balkans security after the French veto (Commentary)

Beáta Huszka - 14 November 2019

The European Council’s failure to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania could mark a turning point for peace in the Western Balkans.

Managed chaos: Russia’s deal with Turkey on northern Syria (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 03 November 2019

Russia is now in charge of a multi-front war. It will need to manage relations between multiple local actors very carefully.

Leverage, for now: Turkey’s deal with Russia on northern Syria (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 30 October 2019

Erdogan's government views the deal as a testament to its ability to act independently of Washington even in areas where there is a US military presence.

After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva & Tara Varma - 25 October 2019

Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.

Flatter and faster: New Western Balkans pathways to the EU (Commentary)

Milica Delevic, Tena Prelec - 24 October 2019

The French veto on North Macedonia EU membership shows that Brussels urgently needs a new approach to EU enlargement