Wider Europe

Why EU leaders should not stare into Medvedev’s eyes

In 2000, George Bush looked into Putin’s eyes and claimed he had found a soulmate for the West. Today, Western leaders may be about to repeat the same mistake with Dmitry Medvedev.

A united Europe must stand up to Russia

The Russian presidential election is such a cliffhanger. Will it be the rising star Dmitry “Obamovich” Medvedev? Or the veteran Gennady “McCainovich” Zyuganov? Aren’t we on the edge of our seats?

Kosovo: Between Kiribati and Kuwait

Kosovo?s independence will require restraint and calm by all parties. Even so, it will present a number of key challenges for the EU.

Serbia’s European dream lives on – but only just

Pro-European Boris Tadic may have regained the Serbian presidency, but his country remains sharply divided and the fight for its European future is not over. The EU should think hard about ways to support the pro-democracy camp.

Macedonia: a Light unto the Gentiles?

Despite recent problems, Macedonia’s record is still “best in class” and its Euro-Atlantic integration should continue posthaste

Putin’s Mini-Me

Even after a reciprocal endorsement between Putin and Medvedev, a delicate balancing act will be necessary to manage Putin?s succession in the coming months