The war in Syria should be a sober reminder to countries in and around the South Caucasus, and further-flung stakeholders, about what can happen when a local conflict explodes into much wider one, writes Irada Guseynova,
If the Ukraine crisis has taught us anything, it’s that the West needs to safeguard its allies in Russia’s backyard and encourage them to implement reforms, but be more understanding of their growing pains, writes Taras Nazarenko.
Europe’s southern neighbourhood is an erupting volcano. But positive trends are at play that represent North-South hope, and even convergence, write Franco Bassanini, Jean-Louis Guigou and Miguel-Angel Moratinos.
It is neither acceptable nor possible for European countries to achieve energy security on the back of a fossil fuel strategy that will undermine democracy, human rights, and climate security, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk. Europe is no exception, and the sixteen deaths caused by a polio outbreak in Albania in 1996, which spread to Greece and Kosovo, are a harsh reminder of this fact, writes John Hewko.
Due to worsening relations with Russia, its increasing dependence on China and fears of destabilisation, Turkmenistan is adjusting its foreign policy and trying to bolster its cooperation with the West in the field of energy and security, writes the Polish think-tank OSW in an analysis.
The practice of unpaid internships is frightfully common in EU affairs. European institutions should lead by example and cover a reasonable portion of living costs of the youngsters who are roaming the institutions for a shot at a real job, Philippe Perchoc and Evan O'Connell write in an open letter.
Europe can lead the way in developing gene therapies to tackle the growing and persistent problem of previously incurable diseases, with huge potential benefits for both patients and industry. Europe needs to promote cross-border research and facilitate access to these new therapies, argues Aurelio Maggio.
As Western powers and NATO gradually pull out from Afghanistan, the European Union is increasingly looking at the potential spillover threats for Central Asia as a whole, write Jos Boonstra and Marlene Laruelle.
Shunned by the EU with membership talks effectively blocked, Turkey feels empowered. It is no longer on the European periphery, but at the centre of its own world, aruge Nathalie Tocci and Dimitar Bechev.
The European Union - winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize - should take a strong stand against the ongoing destruction of civil society in Russia at the summit with Vladimir Putin, write Adam Bodnar and Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska.
As Europe's political and economic weight declines and Turkey is consolidated as a regional power, cooperation on economic issues will be increasingly supplemented by cooperation in other areas in order to maintain a geopolitical balance in the region and limit the presence of external players, says Stratfor.