Putin's Mini-Me (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 20 December 2007

Even after a reciprocal endorsement between Putin and Medvedev, a delicate balancing act will be necessary to manage Putin?s succession in the coming months.

Poland?s latest challenge (Commentary)

Pawel Swieboda - 20 December 2007

The new Polish PM wants to bring Poland back to the heart of Europe and make the country a genuine player in European foreign policy. But the task is enormous.

More wisdom for Europe (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 19 December 2007

Compared to its original formulation, the mandate given to Felipe Gonz?lez to chair an "Independent Reflection Group" amounts to a substantial shift.

'Never again' means Iraq too (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 18 December 2007

The Democratic Party may push for Iraqi troop withdrawals and Europeans may continue ignoring the war, but both should be honest about the consequences of doing so.

This treaty is a mess, but it will free Europe to do more important things (Commentary)

Timothy Garton Ash - 13 December 2007

In itself, the treaty will do nothing to convince Europe's citizens, or the rest of the world, of what the EU is good for. But it will help the EU to do things that may convince them.

The Comit? des Sages: a wise idea? (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 12 December 2007

European leaders are set to examine Nikolas Sarkozy's proposal to launch a "Comit? des Sages" but the proposal has so far been received with scepticism by most stakeholders.

Russia's elections and the Putin succession (Commentary)

- 11 December 2007

Will Russia's political tradition of personalised autocracy allow Putin's survival strategy to succeed? An analysis in Bulgarian

Curtain time in Kosovo (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 11 December 2007

After trying to resolve Kosovo's status, diplomats have given up. The U.S and the EU now need to back the compromise proposed by UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and re-affirm the region's European trajectory.

Russia?s over-managed democracy (Commentary)

Andrew Wilson - 04 December 2007

Putin?s grand plan may not yet be clear, but most of the likely variants now hinge on how he will use the mandate from Sunday?s election to stage-manage the next vote in March.

On Iran, the wind goes out of the balloon (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 04 December 2007

The wind seems have gone out of the Bush administration's Iran balloon. But air has been seeping out since the IAEA report in mid-November.