Wider Europe


  • Russia?s over-managed democracy

    Andrew Wilson - 4 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.

    Observing Russia's elections

    Nicu Popescu - 2 December, 2007

    Whatever the electoral outcome, Putin wins. But this time, the manner of the Russian strongman?s victory will undermine not only Russian democracy; but the credibility of Europe?s democracy-promotion.

    A month for hard power

    Richard Gowan - 28 November, 2007

    There?s a real risk that, in the weeks between now and Christmas, the EU will face violence in either Kosovo, where 15,000 European troops underwrite security, or Lebanon where 8,000 Europeans have made up the backbone of the UN peace force.

    Ukraine: Finally a new Parliament, but no new government

    Andrew Wilson - 26 November, 2007

    The new Ukrainian parliament finally assembled on Friday, 23 November, almost two months after the elections. It then immediately adjourned until Thursday 29 November. An update on Ukraine's complex political developments.

    Balkan ghosts still haunt Europe

    Daniel Korski - 20 November, 2007

    Even though Europe's foreign policy reach is now truly global, talks on Kosovo's independence have seen Balkan ghosts return to haunt Europe.

    A Power Audit of EU-Russia relations

    Mark Leonard, Nicu Popescu - 7 November, 2007

    Despite its economic strength and military might, the EU has begun to behave as if it were subordinate to an increasingly assertive Russia.

    A ?Power Audit? of EU 27-Russia relations

    Mark Leonard, Nicu Popescu - 7 November, 2007

    Despite its economic strength and military might, the EU has begun to behave as if it were subordinate to an increasingly assertive Russia. Read ECFR's "Power Audit" of EU-Russia relations.

    Guardian: Russia as the new Donald Rumsfeld

    Mark Leonard and Nicu Popescu - 7 November, 2007

    Russia has emerged as the most divisive issue in the European Union since Donald Rumsfeld split the European club into ?new' and ?old' member states. Read an opinion piece published through Project Syndicate.