Articles on Wider Europe

A contest of extremes: Biden’s and Trump’s opposing positions on Russia (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 14 May 2020

The 2020 election will likely determine whether America seeks a deal with Russia to carve up Europe into spheres of influence or launches a new, ideological cold war against the country.

Coronavirus: Not Putin’s kind of crisis (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 13 May 2020

With no heroes to laud or foes to lambast, Putin is not having a good crisis. But don’t write him off just yet.

Ukraine and the oligarchs: Endless delays to reform (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 13 May 2020

The coronavirus has hit Ukraine hard, but the IMF has promised the country less funding than seemed likely only months ago. Self-interested oligarchs are delaying necessary new reforms and pushing back against those Ukraine has already made. 

A burning issue: How to restart the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 11 May 2020

It is the EU’s responsibility to normalise relations between Kosovo and Serbia in the long term. Therefore, the bloc should set the principles of, and drive, the dialogue between the countries.

The path through Moscow: How Europe can help Syria (Commentary)

Bassma Kodmani - 07 May 2020

Syrian opposition figure calls on Europe to work closely with Washington to build on growing Russian frustration with the Assad regime and increase their demands of Moscow.

Covid-19: A test for Russia’s African ambitions (Commentary)

Poline Tchoubar - 29 April 2020

Even as the African Union announces that it is about to receive a huge consignment of medical equipment from Chinese businessman Jack Ma, Russia has not provided such support to African countries so far.

The coronavirus crisis: An opportunity to mend Polish-Ukrainian relations (Commentary)

Joanna Hosa, Oleksandra Iwaniuk - 17 April 2020

The Polish government would do well to recognise the value of Ukrainian workers, while the Ukrainian government should acknowledge that the Polish state cares for Ukrainians during these trying times.

Almost an ally: Italy’s new approach to Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (Commentary)

Carlo Frappi - 16 April 2020

While recent agreements between Italy and Azerbaijan are economically significant, their political dimension is even more significant, especially as regards the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Grey zone politics: Why Ukraine needs creative international cooperation (Commentary)

Pavlo Klimkin, Andreas Umland - 16 April 2020

With the EU, NATO, and their member states preoccupied with domestic challenges, Ukraine and its international partners need new ways to support the country’s security, resilience, and growth.

Why the EU should lead talks between Kosovo and Serbia (Commentary)

Engjellushe Morina - 16 April 2020

An escalation of disagreements over the proposed Kosovo-Serbia land swap could take on a regional dimension and pose a security threat to Europe.