Articles on Wider Europe

The World Cup in Kaliningrad: Potemkin Village or real change? (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 15 June 2018

Moscow’s handling of Kaliningrad in recent years makes it no surprise World Cup fans are set to venture in from Poland for matches only rather than stay there.

Power words: Europe’s stake in the Macedonian name dispute (Commentary)

Daniel Stefanov & Vessela Tcherneva - 14 June 2018

By actively supporting Macedonia and Greece to settle their name conflict, the EU could energise other countries of the Western Balkans to engage in democratic reforms, while also strengthening their economic outlook – and counter an assertive Russia.

A new approach for western Balkans enlargement (Commentary)

Hannes Swoboda & Maria Eleni Koppa - 13 June 2018

A three-step approach on a “more for more” basis will bring the EU and the countries of the western Balkans closer together.

UN peacekeeping in Donbas? The stakes of the Russia-Ukraine conflict (Commentary)

Andreas Umland - 08 June 2018

A transitional UN peacekeeping mission in, and international civilian administration of, Donbas would have two major benefits.

The ECFR Power Audits (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 25 May 2018

The four power audits show that Europeans, particularly when working together, retain the capacity to cooperate and compete effectively with all these powers.  But they also show that, in each case, Europe is failing to do so. 

Ukrainian elections: Poroshenko and proliferating populists (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 23 May 2018

Four years after Euromaidan, the overall picture is bleak. Former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko has established a lead in the polls – but she has done so by profiting from social and economic problems rather than addressing past faults.

Lethal weapon: Has Trump mis-stepped on Ukraine? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 May 2018

Sending anti-tank guided weapons to Ukraine is the right decision. But the Trump administration has gone about it the wrong way.

4 factors that led to Turkey’s snap elections (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 19 April 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to get ahead of a downward curve in Turkey’s fortunes. He has – probably – done enough to win this new snap vote

Hungary in the EU: From front runner to veto player (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 04 April 2018

A convincing victory for Victor Orban will reinforce the Hungarian veto role in the EU. However, the country has only marginal influence beyond its neighbourhood on EU policies.

And Now What? Russian Foreign Policy in Putin’s Fourth Term (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 20 March 2018

Moscow has undergone a lively debate on the future course of its foreign policy – which may now become obsolete by the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.