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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.

With Winter Coming, Europe Is Walking Off a Cliff

Europeans won’t escape their energy crisis as long as ideology trumps basic math.

Scholz and Macron in Berlin
Scholz and Macron in Berlin

Scholz and Macron Have a Perilous Ambition for Europe

The idea of “European strategic autonomy” just won’t go away.

France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.
France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.

Why Macron’s European Policy Keeps Failing

The French president has good ideas—but his approach to the EU is vague, unilateral, and self-serving.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Golob smiles in front of EU flags.
Golob smiles in front of EU flags.

The War in Ukraine Is Emancipating Central Europe

Countries in the region are finally becoming full members of the EU club thanks to the war.

A woman waves the European Union and Georgian flags.
A woman waves the European Union and Georgian flags.

Georgia’s Ruling Party Is Tanking Its Own NATO Bid

Accusing the U.S. ambassador of blackmail is just the start.

This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.
This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.

Militarizing the Sahel Won’t Make Europe More Secure

The EU’s obsession with security in the Sahel is a reflection of its own anxieties—and a betrayal of its values.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (right) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding on increasing import of Azeri natural gas.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (right) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding on increasing import of Azeri natural gas.

Will a New War Crash Europe’s Azerbaijani Gas Dreams?

Europe needs a serious Azerbaijan policy—and needs it fast.

Johnson and Zelensky in Kyiv
Johnson and Zelensky in Kyiv

Will British Security Policy Take a New Turn After Boris Johnson?

London is Europe’s defense heavyweight and Ukraine’s stalwart supporter. For now, that’s the consensus.

Protesting high energy prices in London
Protesting high energy prices in London

Europe’s Tiny Steps Won’t Solve Its Energy Emergency

The bad policies that created the crisis are still in place.

A man holds a European Union flag.
A man holds a European Union flag.

How Georgia Stumbled on the Road to Europe

The European Union has a serious test ahead in keeping Tbilisi on track.

A Ukrainian flag hangs on a sculpture of the euro
A Ukrainian flag hangs on a sculpture of the euro

Europe Can’t Afford Vacillation on Ukraine

Ukrainians have paid a price in blood for an EU future.

North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski
North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski

EU Enlargement Is Broken in the Balkans

Ukraine and Moldova are shortlisted for the European Union. Ask North Macedonia how that went.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4.

Does Kyiv Need a Marshall Plan?

Top policymakers discuss how to rebuild Ukraine.

Protester holds scarf reading "Macedonia" during the demonstration organized by opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in front of the Macedonian Government building in capital Skopje on Nov. 28, 2020.
Protester holds scarf reading "Macedonia" during the demonstration organized by opposition party VMRO-DPMNE in front of the Macedonian Government building in capital Skopje on Nov. 28, 2020.

How Biden Can Thwart Putin Loyalists in Bulgaria

Pro-Russian nationalists are close to taking power in Sofia. Washington can weaken them by offering recognition of North Macedonia’s nationhood.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin
Duda, Scholz, Macron in Berlin

The EU’s Balance of Power Is Shifting East

Russia’s war has opened up a vast strategic chasm within the European Union.

Von der Leyen and Zelensky in Kyiv
Von der Leyen and Zelensky in Kyiv

EU Mulls Putting Ukraine on Track for Membership

Official candidacy for the bloc is unlikely, but even a lesser accession status would send a powerful signal.

An immigrant holds a “Nobody Is Illegal” placard at a demonstration in Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on July 11, 2021.
An immigrant holds a “Nobody Is Illegal” placard at a demonstration in Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on July 11, 2021.

How Portugal Quietly Became a Migration Hub

The country has a hot labor market and offers a path to EU citizenship for undocumented workers.

Vucic and Merkel, each behind a podium, smile at one another. The German flag can be seen behind Merkel.
Vucic and Merkel, each behind a podium, smile at one another. The German flag can be seen behind Merkel.

The False Promise of Europeanization

Central Europe and the Balkans expose the failures of European integration.

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