North Macedonia was on a seemingly good track towards EU accession, until Bulgaria's objection in November. But it is not too late to break the deadlock
The EU’s tendency to shy away from security issues has helped make covert operations and military threats Russia’s tools of choice in the region
The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war holds important lessons for European defence. European governments should study it urgently.
The current renaissance of civil society in Belarus has been possible thanks to, among other things, the development of the EU’s dialogue with the country in recent years
The relatively short-lived flare-up between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has ended in early November with a ceasefire brokered by Russia
Recent elections have seen Georgia’s ruling party dig in, while Moldova’s has lost the presidency
The Law and Justice party is learning from Vladimir Putin’s regime. And ordinary Poles are learning how to oppose it.
Restoring independence to the judiciary and strengthening the rule of law are key to the country’s future stability and success
China’s granular engagement with the Western Balkans is inconspicuous, has the capacity to exploit differences between national policies, and can harness local entrepreneurship to develop ties with the country