Articles on Wider Europe

The battle of Istanbul will shape Turkey’s future (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 13 May 2019

After voiding the initial results of the election in Istanbul, a new vote, and a referendum on Erdogan's rule, takes place on 23 June 

The strange influence of the Macedonian model (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 09 May 2019

North Macedonia's recent successes have sent a ripple throughout the region 

The Western Balkans’ statistical black hole (Commentary)

Tim Judah & Alida Vracic - 02 May 2019

How many people live in the Western Balkans? The unreliability of statistics on the region often makes it hard to tell. 

Crimea: Russia’s newest Potemkin Village (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson & Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 30 April 2019

Grand projects funded by Russia can do little to cover up the lopsided and inadequate economy and infrastructure that Crimeans are now living with

Freeze, confiscate, restore? Swiss ideas for future EU sanctions (Commentary)

Clara Portela - 24 April 2019

Sanctions for ‘misappropriation’ have proved their worth in forging ties with new leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Ukraine. But it is time to strengthen them

Occupational hazards: The Russian military in Crimea (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 April 2019

While its current disposition in Crimea is mainly defensive in nature, Russia's military build-up on the peninsula could soon turn the Black Sea region into a security black hole. 

The Zelensky enigma: A different kind of populist (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 16 April 2019

The second round of Ukraine's election for president takes place on 21 April; the comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelensky is in the lead

Europe’s duty to help protect Crimean Tatars (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson & Ridvan Bari Urcosta - 11 April 2019

Crimean Tatars face increasing repression by Russian authorities, but divisions on cooperation with Moscow or Kiev, as well as internal leadership disputes, have hindered a unified response. Europe must advocate for Crimean Tatars' rights despite these challenges. 

After Crimea: Does NATO have the means to defend Europe? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 02 April 2019

Military spending may now figure in public conversation about NATO. But the alliance, at 70 years old, still lacks military capabilities strong enough to protect Europe from Russia

A foot in the door? Russia’s International Investment Bank moves to Hungary (Commentary)

András Rácz - 18 March 2019

Budapest's decision to host a revived Soviet-era bank could provide its Russian employees with sweeping diplomatic immunities and hinder action in the event of a security threat.