Wider Europe

An overly comfortable limbo

Like Greece and Macedonia itself, the EU is too willing to accept Macedonia?s state of limbo

Learning from the EU’s Georgia success

The EU’s Georgia mission is looking like a much-needed, if small ESDP success. But there is still much the EU can learn from its deployment.

Spheres of influence

Russia may be tempted to believe that it has succeeded in Georgia, but it has in fact further isolated itself and helped Europe unite

Kosovo: precedent or excuse?

When dealing with Moscow, EU leaders should not accept the parallelism between Kosovo and Ossetia

Russian threats are just gas

The European Union has less to fear from Russia’s gas and oil weapons than its leaders think

What to do next with Russia

The EU faces a tough dilemma: sanctions would further isolate Russia but a ?business as usual’ approach would send the wrong signal

Summer of discontent

The EU will have to justify its own claims that bipolar ?spheres of influence? in Europe are consigned to history by taking affirmative action in the Black Sea and Caucasus region