About: Tomas Valasek

Energy 03-06-2012

Ukraine and the EU: A vicious circle?

Countries that managed to accede the EU did so "by observing a few simple guidelines," according to writes Tomas Valasek, director of foreign policy and defence at the Centre for European Reform: "cultivate friends among EU governments, be prepared to make painful sacrifices and, above all, show patience and good faith". But Ukraine "has broken every one of those principles over the past two years," his November paper claims.
Global Europe 01-12-2009

NATO, Russia and European security

"Countries in Europe's east and north worry that Moscow is blundering into a confrontation with NATO" and they have good reason to be concerned, argues Tomas Valasek, director of foreign policy and defence at the Centre for European Reform (CER), in a November paper.
Global Europe 14-11-2008

Transatlantic relations and the ‘Obama effect’

"Europe got the [US] president it wanted on 4th November," writes Tomas Valasek, director of foreign policy and defence at the Centre for European Reform (CER), in a November commentary.
Global Europe 25-08-2008

What the war in Georgia means for EU policy

The war in Georgia divided the EU instead of uniting it, while differences between its members' positions will thwart the bloc's attempts to develop a common Russia policy, writes Tomas Valasek in an August paper for the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Global Europe 29-07-2008

The EU will want more from Serbia than arrests

While the arrest of accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic on 21 July could signal the beginning of Serbia's reconciliation with its role in the Western Balkan wars of the 1990s, Kosovo could still prove a stumbling block for further EU negotiations, argues Tomas Valasek in a 25 July commentary for the Centre for European Reform.
Security 28-03-2008

France, NATO and European defence

France and the UK are close to reaching an agreement that would "dramatically improve relations between the EU and NATO," according to a March policy brief by Tomas Valasek of the Centre for European Reform (CER).