Wider Europe

The Balkans non-paper and the dangers of Plan B

Only a firm framework of integration can bring long-term stability to the Balkans – this is as relevant today as it was in 2003, when EU leaders offered membership to all countries in the region

The EU’s Montenegro dilemma

Following a recent dispute over a $1 billion loan to Montenegro, the EU has an opportunity to take a more systematic approach to the growing Chinese presence in the Western Balkans

Ivan Safronov, a former journalist and an aide to the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos who remains in custody on state treason charges, stands inside a defendants' cage as he attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia September 2, 2020.

The invisible battle for Russia’s future

There are homegrown democrats in Russia who do not automatically sympathise with the West. They could lead the country to change from the top.