Most Bulgarians regard their political class as deeply corrupt. That is something a new government and a more savvy European Union need to fix
A rare joint complaint by Russia and China is good news.
Ukrainians will resist Russian aggression. The only question is whether the West will help
Russia’s influence machinery is in Stakhanovist overdrive as the Kremlin seeks to mask its intentions and frighten its opponents
Forcing Ukraine to implement the Minsk Agreements will only cause harm. The US should recognize the danger of any such policy.
The crisis at the Belarus-Poland border may be easing as the Belarusian government empties camps of migrants. Still, the standoff has the potential to spiral into a full-blown conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaged in a multi-pronged escalation of threats within Europe. His schemes can be defeated.
Appeasement of Russia would deliver exactly the same outcome as the betrayal of Czechoslovakia at Munich — dishonor and disaster.
The best way to respond to bullies is to call their bluff
A year of steadily rising repression against liberal activists and other groups loathed by Putin’s state is coming to the boil.
Fresh political upheaval in the Balkans worries the West and cheers the Kremlin.
An extraordinary and hateful essay has revealed the malignancy in the hearts of Kremlin policymakers.
Russia is once again playing mind games with its long-suffering neighbors and the West. The only response is unapologetic resolve.
Citizens can come and go as they please in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Unless they’re disobedient or have the wrong ethnic background, in which case they may suffer a different fate.
In its very legalistic way, the decision by a German regulator to suspend the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline may just be the first real evidence that the country is finally thinking strategically.
There is little reason to believe claims of immediate invasion. Not yet, at least.
Three crises along Russia’s borders offer an insight into how the Kremlin tries to translate turbulence into geopolitical profit.
Afghanistan is descending into chaos, but the US will struggle to find nearby bases to influence what happens next.
China’s United Front system is eating the West from within. It must be identified and eradicated before it chronically weakens democratic states.
Russia must be weaned away from its worship of hydrocarbons. Nuclear power could provide an answer, for the Kremlin and the wider world.
Russia launched ambitious cyberattacks during the recent German elections. The offensive flopped.
As democracies target tech, authoritarian states are using digital innovation to keep their hold on power.
Defending your country is good. So is compassion
Efforts to reconstruct the Belarusian constitution are a high-risk enterprise.
There is another global crisis unfolding above our heads – the scourge of space debris. Policymakers need to take note and act
This week’s events on the Belarusian frontier were unplanned, but they are a sign of worse to come
The West has shown commendable determination to help Europe’s poorest country, but it will take much more effort to free Moldova from the Kremlin’s grip
Interaction with voters is the basis of freedom
Division and even armed conflict are a growing possibility in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Not for the first time, Russia is heavily implicated
Seven years after Russia’s occupation of eastern Ukraine, the West’s hopes for peace are ostentatiously ignored by Vladimir Putin.
A signature policy of President Vladimir Putin’s administration, maternity capital has benefitted others besides Russia’s new mothers
Are the four Visegrád countries (the V4), Central Europe’s premier club, an illiberal island within the EU, or something more distinctive?
The on-off US foreign policy of the 21st century is damaging the world and America itself — the government must be shrewder and more consistent.
US-French security cooperation pledges leave the big questions unanswered
Targeting Russia’s super-rich will bring down the Russian president’s house of cards.
Connectivity in the South Caucasus gets a major boost with Armenia’s railroad agreement
Europe has walked headfirst into the Russian energy trap. It’s time to break free.
Both sides must make greater efforts to improve a relationship, which will be of growing importance in the coming decades
China is on the retreat in central Europe. US pressure can accelerate the trend
For the first time in 12 years, Hungary’s democratic opposition has a shot at winning the general election
Without Silicon Valley’s continuing goodwill, the Kremlin’s information machine is in trouble
An unpredictable 2022 French presidential election foreshadows a difficult period for the US-French relationship
Diplomatic battles with NATO feed Russia’s desire for attention. (and contribute to its efforts to spread disdain for the West.)
Georgia’s future as a democracy, and therefore its potential membership in the EU and NATO, is at stake
Is Turkey a fair-weather ally to Ukraine, or something more serious?
Russia has long prepared to reap political rewards from energy crises in Europe, particularly through the isolation of Ukraine
We complain when Russia exploits our weaknesses. Try fixing them instead
The tax marathon still has some rough terrain to cover before reaching the finish line
Though the opposition to the current regime in Belarus faces a long struggle with many challenges ahead, its supporters show no signs of quitting
Tension with Azerbaijan dies down but underlying differences are likely to widen