Europe's East Archives

  • A low-key Eastern Partnership Summit

    23-11-2017

    Instead of grand declarations, a low-key Eastern Partnership Summit focusing on concrete deliverables can be just what both the EU and the EaP countries need, write Igor Merheim-Eyre and Katarzyna Sobieraj.

  • Russian blackmail in the Council of Europe?

    Global Europe 22-11-2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) could become the first European institution to lift sanctions imposed on Russia for annexing Crimea and military aggression in Eastern Ukraine. This would be a major blow to democratic values on the European continent, write Volodymyr Yermolenko and Sergiy Sydorenko.

  • Speaking with facts about Ukraine’s law on education

    23-10-2017

    It is high time to stop politicizing the new Ukrainian Law on education, writes Ukraine’s Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi.

  • More than javelins, Ukraine needs change

    22-09-2017

    I remember Ukraine as a friendlier place. But my country’s recent uptick of expelling foreigners it considers inconvenient belies a less hospitable, darker trend. The government that grew out of Ukraine’s 2014 “Revolution of Peoples’ Dignity” now has some Ukrainians reminiscing about the more tolerant, less corrupt government it overthrew, writes Serhiy Lyovochkin.

  • How Azerbaijani laundromat has affected EU policy on Nagorno-Karabakh

    Armenia 22-09-2017

    More than two decades after Azerbaijan and Armenia fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mixture of Azerbaijani bribes and oil politics has kept European institutions out of the disputed region. It is time for the EU to free itself from this grip and stand for its values in the Caucasus, argues Nicolas Tavitian.

  • No compromises on Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea

    13-09-2017

    Last week, EURACTIV.com published Here’s what a realistic Ukraine settlement may look like, an opinion editorial by Josh Cohen first carried by Reuters. Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, responded in kind.

  • Here’s what a realistic Ukraine settlement may look like

    08-09-2017

    The idea of Ukraine joining NATO should be taken off the table, but the issue of Crimea may be hardest to solve, writes Josh Cohen.

  • Three risks and three scenarios for Ukraine

    18-08-2017

    Between 2014 and 2017, Ukraine's leadership failed to transform the country's old post-Soviet Russia oligarchic system into a European and Western-style democracy. The transformation is inefficient and slow, and this entails risk, writes Roman Rukomeda.

  • US sanctions and Nord Stream 2: Every dog has its day?

    Energy 08-08-2017

    The US’ new Russia sanctions only added fuel to the EU’s divisions over how to deal with Russian energy, write Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Bartosz Wiśniewski.

  • Europe should stop following US

    Global Europe 28-07-2017

    President Trump walks the talk with his "America First". But US Congress also supports this mantra. It is high time that the EU defends its own legitimate interests, including with respect to trade and energy relations with Russia, writes Tom Sauer.

  • Azerbaijan is disappointed with EU’s role in Nagorno-Karabakh

    Azerbaijan 18-07-2017

    It's a pity that the EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia did not contribute to the effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, writes Dr Gulshan Pashayeva.

  • MH17: The deadliest attack against EU citizens

    17-07-2017

    Today (17 July) is the anniversary of the attack that claimed the largest number of EU lives since a united Europe emerged from the rubble of WWII, when 298 civilians were killed, including 80 children, on flight MH17. Juraj Mesík looks back, three years on.

  • Georgia: Failing democratic transition or Eastern Partnership success story?

    17-07-2017

    To the untrained eye, Georgia’s European future looks secure. Yet, zoom in closer and Georgia is quickly turning into another oligarchic regime in the region, where political competition and free speech are on the wane. Salome Samadashvili calls on Brussels to act.

  • Trump in Poland: It’s history, stupid!

    Central Europe 07-07-2017

    Donald Trump’s visit to Poland is a fulfilment of the Law and Justice’s (PiS) wildest dreams. In his speech, Trump lavished Polish politicians with praise. Smiling Polish leaders, scorned in EU corridors and plenaries, now finally found their true ally and friend, writes Karolina Zbytniewska.

  • New lines in the sand in the Middle East

    Global Europe 29-06-2017

    The Middle East used to be known for its stale continuity. But with the Qatar crisis now in its third week, the region is finding itself convulsed in its biggest diplomatic shakeup in decades, warns Willem Oosterveld.

  • A quiet Ukrainian success for the EU

    28-06-2017

    The EU may have its hands full with Donald Trump and Brexit. But quietly, modestly, things are starting to go right in Ukraine, writes Sir Graham Watson.

  • Israel needs good relations with Europe

    03-05-2017

    Israel has a vested interest in a strong European Union. It needs European partners in order to maintain its Zionist vision of a Jewish state. But Europe is losing interest in the Middle East peace process and Israel itself is not helping matters, warns Nitzan Horowitz.

  • Turkey-EU relations deteriorate from gentleman’s agreement to sanctions rhetoric

    14-04-2017

    The EU and Turkey should focus on working together, as they have both already proven that they are capable of doing so. The Customs Agreement and Visa Liberalisation frameworks are a good starting point, writes Ahmet Ceran.

  • EU-Turkey relations need structural solution

    11-04-2017

    EU-Turkey relations were boosted in the mid-1990s, when economic ties were upgraded and the 1995 Customs Union Agreement came into effect. Its benefits were widespread. It now needs reform to continue doing good, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

  • The modern Armenia must leave nobody behind

    Armenia 31-03-2017

    Armenia has come a long way since regaining its independence in 1991. Years of steady growth following the collapse of the Soviet Union have significantly raised the living standards of Armenians, writes Gagik Tsarukyan.

  • The French elections, seen from Ukraine

    30-03-2017

    Ahead of France's presidential election, Ukraine's experience shows that opinion polls may be skewed by underlying hatred of the ruling classes and institutions. Vadym Omelchenko warns that ultra-conservatism stands to gain in the end.

  • Southern Gas Corridor’s dubious contribution to energy security

    Energy & Environment 24-02-2017

    Advertised by the EU as the silver bullet that will free Europe from its dependency on Russian gas, the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is highly unlikely to ensure energy security and might in fact end up channelling Russian gas, warns Xavier Sol.

  • NATO, the Middle East and Eastern Europe

    Global Europe 23-02-2017

    Interests within NATO diverge, particularly between the United States and many European countries. George Friedman takes a closer look.

  • The next Turkish revolution after Ataturk

    Global Europe 17-02-2017

    Turkey’s new constitution will give the country the tools it needs to face today’s challenges and to play its important role as a pivot between East and West, writes Egemen Bağış.