Russia

Azerbaijan 27-06-2018

Azerbaijan asserts its power in the South Caucasus

A minor escalation carries an important message. Russia has reason to support Azerbaijan’s move in Nakhchivan, as its primary imperative in the South Caucasus is to prevent any country from moving too far into the Western camp, writes Xander Snyder.
Global Europe 20-06-2018

Commission’s approach to tackling online disinformation is an empty box

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel are keeping their eyes wide shut to the Russian disinformation threat, writes Jakub Janda.
Azerbaijan 06-06-2018

EU must engage with Azerbaijan or Putin will

Azerbaijan’s strategic yet precarious geopolitical location and situation are such that the country deserves EU support, especially in light of growing tensions with Russia and Iran, writes Jan Zahradil MEP.

Why Europe needs to support the US-Russia INF Treaty

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by the US and the Soviet Union over 30 years ago is on the verge of collapse and this poses an immediate threat to European security. European heads of states need to play a role to salvage the Treaty even if they are not formally involved in it, writes Lukas Trakimavičius.
Global Europe 10-05-2018

EU needs to act now to salvage Iran nuclear deal

The Iran nuclear deal seems to have gone down the drain after the withdrawal of the US. European governments need to unify behind a more assertive diplomatic strategy if they are to have any influence in forthcoming US policy on Iran. Ellie Geranmayeh points out six key actions the EU should prioritise on  to potentially save the deal.
Global Europe 06-04-2018

Does Russia really sell LNG to the US?

Two LNG cargo ships delivered Russian gas to the United States this year. But why does one of the world's leading exporters need to import the fuel? Danila Bochkarev looks into the details.
Energy 19-01-2018

EU need not fear new Russian gas pipeline

Europe’s continuing need for Russian gas – for reasons of proximity and price – is a reality, but it need not leave the EU over a barrel, writes Noah Gordon.
Central Asia 05-01-2018

The tripartite approach is suffocating OSCE

Kazakhstan’s view is that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should not be a place where decisions are made by the United States, Russia and the European Union with everyone else reduced to the role of spectators, writes Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
Global Europe 22-11-2017

Russian blackmail in the Council of Europe?

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.
Enlargement 05-10-2017

EU enlargement: Tear down mental walls in the Balkans

Last week the European Commission dealt another blow to the Western Balkans by promising an accession strategy for Montenegro and Serbia while neglecting the other four Balkan countries, Hashim Thaçi, the president of Kosovo, writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Global Europe 03-10-2017

Russia’s 100th anniversary of the October revolution

What would be Russia, and the EU today, if the 1917 October revolution had not happened, Michael Emerson ventures to imagine.
Global Europe 29-09-2017

The Munich conspiracy and peace in our time

As Europe marks today (29 September) another anniversary of the 1938 Munich agreement, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU Ambassador, Vladimir Chizhov, reminds what he calls “some noteworthy historical parallels”.
Global Europe 18-09-2017

Joining the community of nations serves Russia’s best interests

In the sweep of history, nations can meet or miss their moment. That moment is now for Russia to step up and join the community of nations. We need Russia - and Russia needs the world., writes Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin.
Europe's East 13-09-2017

No compromises on Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea

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.
Europe's East 08-09-2017

Here’s what a realistic Ukraine settlement may look like

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.
Global Europe 04-08-2017

New Russia sanctions: A European concern

Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions. The new penalties are likely to have an impact on European companies too. George Voloshin examines the situation in the second part of this...
Global Europe 03-08-2017

New Russia sanctions: A road to nowhere?

Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions and Russia retaliated by expelling a large number of American diplomatic staff. George Voloshin examines the situation.
Energy 19-07-2017

Poland’s cherry picking of EU energy rules makes no sense

When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Europe's East 17-07-2017

MH17: The deadliest attack against EU citizens

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.

Russia turns its back on human rights with contempt for international court decisions

When members of the international community decide that human rights are a matter of expediency and not law, we are all at risk, warns Herta Däubler-Gmelin.
Energy 11-07-2017

Nord Stream 2 doesn’t matter

Nord Stream 2 continues to divide Europe. That's a pity. For all the noise, Nord Stream 2 is just a distraction - it doesn't really matter. Here's why, writes Nikos Tsafos.
Central Europe 07-07-2017

Trump in Poland: It’s history, stupid!

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.
Global Europe 01-06-2017

NATO’s diminishing military function

The lack of consensus at the recent NATO summit is also apparent when it comes to the alliance’s counterterrorism efforts, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Global Europe 11-04-2017

What a US president wants and what he must do are two different things

Donald Trump may want the United States to be less involved in the world but the reality is that the US is deeply involved, writes George Friedman.