Articles on Wider Europe

Serbia’s coronavirus diplomacy unmasked (Commentary)

Majda Ruge & Janka Oertel - 26 March 2020

The Serbian president has exploited the EU’s internal divisions to insult the bloc and legitimise his policies, as well as his courtship of authoritarian partners.


Another migration crisis: How the EU is losing its partners in Bosnia (Commentary)

Alida Vračić - 24 March 2020

If it has any energy and commitment left to devote to Bosnia, the EU should work to restore its reputation in the country and pursue an ambitious plan for reform.


A turn to the past: Ukraine’s troubling government reshuffle (Commentary)

Mattia Nelles - 12 March 2020

Last week’s government reshuffle and the dismissal of a highly regarded prosecutor general raise serious concerns about Ukraine’s pro-Western course.


Erdogan’s refugee gambit (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 06 March 2020

Ankara hopes that a new financial agreement with the European Union will promote a positive image of the economy and reverse the decline in support for the Justice and Development Party.

Westlessness: Lessons from the Western Balkans (Commentary)

Majda Ruge - 20 February 2020

The EU’s interventions in the Western Balkans succeed only when key member states and the US act strategically and pull in the same direction.

The sanctions straitjacket on Russia’s defence sector (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 13 February 2020

Maintaining a self-sufficient defence-industrial complex has long been an uphill struggle for Russia – and recent sanctions have only steepened its climb.

Idlib chaos: The latest test for Turkish-Russian ties (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 12 February 2020

Turkey and Syria are now at war – but the ultimate arbiter of what happens next is likely to be Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s Ukraine policy: Change to stay the same (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 03 February 2020

The Kremlin is losing long-time Ukraine policy chief, Vladislav Surkov. But his successor has more in common with “Putin’s Rasputin” than first meets the eye.

Unsettled union: The future of the Belarus-Russia relationship (Commentary)

Yauheni Preiherman - 21 January 2020

Minsk retains enough power to decline any Russian proposal it deems unacceptable – even if this results in a further rise in economic tension.

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.