Articles on Wider Europe

Will he stay or will he go? Putin’s role will change (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 16 January 2020

A political transition has started in Russia. While preserving a powerful role for Vladimir Putin, 2024 might nonetheless bring about real-enough change. 

Top ten foreign policy trends in 2020 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 03 January 2020

Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2020

Your 2019 top ten on ECFR (Commentary)

Andreas Bock - 20 December 2019

ECFR readers’ top choices this year – all in one place.

European Green Deal: Bring in the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Julian Popov - 20 December 2019

The Western Balkans can play an important part in maximising the impact of the European Green Deal – but the EU will need to find ways to fully involve these countries.

 

Murder in Berlin: Not just Germany’s problem (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 19 December 2019

The Tiergarten hitman travelling freely across the Schengen area should prompt reflection in European capitals, and greater demands of Berlin to act. But a pan-European response remains unforthcoming.

Turkey in Libya: Filling the European vacuum (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 17 December 2019

Europeans could still keep Libya a multilateral affair, if they can bring France onto a shared platform – and deploy newfound unity to draw American influence back in.

French connections: How to revitalise the EU enlargement process (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 11 December 2019

The new French EU enlargement reform proposal is a reasonable attempt to overcome the debate about Macron’s recent veto. 

Putin’s Minsk maskirovka: Will the West ‘capitulate’? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 09 December 2019

Zelensky and EU leaders want the Normandy summit to show they are giving diplomacy a chance. But the risk all lies on their side, not Putin’s

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.