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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.

Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine
Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine

Ukraine Faces an Economic Abyss

The West has a vital interest in keeping the country’s wartime economy running.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Russia’s War Has Created a Power Vacuum in Europe

Moscow’s war and Berlin’s morally bankrupt response to it leave Europe without a leader.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.

The Battle for Democracy Can Be Won in Warsaw

The West has a unique opportunity to pressure the Polish government to restore the rule of law.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Belgrade on May 15, 2020.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Belgrade on May 15, 2020.

The Threat to the West Is Inside the House

The United States and Europe need to toughen up on the spoilers in their own ranks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

West Boots Out Hundreds of Russian Diplomats in Wake of Ukraine Invasion and War Crimes

But the U.S. and other countries are stopping short of kicking out Moscow’s ambassadors.

European Parliament gives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a standing ovation
European Parliament gives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a standing ovation

Ukraine Doesn’t Need Half-Measures From the EU

Europeans should learn from the success of enlarging the bloc.

French fighter jet takes off
French fighter jet takes off

Putin Has Popped the EU Defense Bubble

No, the European Union cannot make the continent secure.

Gen. Claudio Graziano after a visit to the national gendarmerie Carabinieri headquarters in Rome on Nov. 5, 2018.
Gen. Claudio Graziano after a visit to the national gendarmerie Carabinieri headquarters in Rome on Nov. 5, 2018.

Is an EU Army Coming?

Russia’s war in Ukraine is turning the European Union into a serious military player.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Europe’s New Security Unity Can Repair Damaged Relationships

The United Kingdom should be a critical part of post-Ukraine arrangements.

Amid a crowd a demonstrator holds a sign that reads "UKRAINE = EUROPE" with the Ukrainian and EU flags side by side.
Amid a crowd a demonstrator holds a sign that reads "UKRAINE = EUROPE" with the Ukrainian and EU flags side by side.

Ukraine Is Europe’s Chance for Renewal

Russia’s war in Ukraine has to be met not just with resistance but with inspiration.

A traffic jam on a boulevard leading out of Kiev is seen as Ukrainians flee the city following the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.
A traffic jam on a boulevard leading out of Kiev is seen as Ukrainians flee the city following the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

There Could Be 10 Million Ukrainians Fleeing Putin’s Bombs

Europe has opened its borders to the continent’s biggest exodus of refugees since 1945.

Protesters against the Russian invasion of Ukraine pass the Reichstag building, the seat of the German parliament, in Berlin on Feb. 27.
Protesters against the Russian invasion of Ukraine pass the Reichstag building, the seat of the German parliament, in Berlin on Feb. 27.

Putin Just Pushed the World Into an Even Bigger Energy Crisis

Even without sanctions, Russia’s war will increase the shortage of oil and gas.

Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan warm themselves by a fire.
Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan warm themselves by a fire.

For Migrants in Bosnia, the ‘Game’ Is the Road to a Better Life

Hundreds of migrants brace for winter as they try to cross into the European Union.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference following talks on bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties to Europe at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Aug. 31, 2019.
Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference following talks on bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties to Europe at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Aug. 31, 2019.

How Poland Turned Ukraine to the West

For Kyiv, Warsaw is a model of what a country can become when it escapes the Russian umbrella.

Protesters hold placards calling for help with rising energy bills outside 10 Downing Street in London on Dec. 31, 2021.
Protesters hold placards calling for help with rising energy bills outside 10 Downing Street in London on Dec. 31, 2021.

Don’t Blame Putin for Europe’s Energy Crisis

Regardless of Russia’s gas cutbacks, Europe’s own policies have made shortages and price spikes the new normal.

Russian President-Vladimir Putin shakes hands with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder as outgoing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stands nearby during a ceremony inaugurating Vladimir Putin as the new Russian President at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 7, 2018.
Russian President-Vladimir Putin shakes hands with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder as outgoing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stands nearby during a ceremony inaugurating Vladimir Putin as the new Russian President at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 7, 2018.

Europe Must Shed Its Illusions About Russia

Only if Britain, France, and Germany abandon their post-Cold War fantasies will the West stand a chance of stopping Putin.

Water vapor rises from the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant shortly before it was permanently shut down as part of Germany's phaseout of all nuclear power, near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. on June 11, 2015
Water vapor rises from the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant shortly before it was permanently shut down as part of Germany's phaseout of all nuclear power, near Grafenrheinfeld, Germany. on June 11, 2015

Amid Energy Crisis, EU Fights Over Whether Nuclear Is Green

Brussels’s plans to cut emissions by promoting nuclear power has parts of the bloc up in arms.

Putin inspects military drills
Putin inspects military drills

Use Climate and Trade Policy to Counter Putin’s Playbook

Joint U.S.-EU carbon border fees could be much more damaging to Russia than sanctions.

A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.
A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.

Poland’s Twin Crises

Warsaw is challenging Brussels on the rule of law but using an immigration crisis to soften any pushback.

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