Europe

  • Moscow’s Games Backfire Again and Again

    Russia is desperately trying to prevent the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from finally freeing itself from Moscow, and its tactics aren’t working.

    Having gotten used to enjoying influence over the hearts and minds of some believers in Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) through its puppet body, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP), has naturally resisted the process of Ukraine breaking free of Russia's "religious" claws.

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  • How the Kremlin Can Win Ukraine’s Elections

    As Ukraine’s 2019 elections approach, Moscow’s interests have come into greater focus. Despite the pro-European momentum delivered by the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution, parties more closely aligned with Moscow’s interests may see a more realistic path to power than is widely assumed.
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  • Emmanuel Macron Can Make France Great Again

    Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, in an interview this week aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, acknowledged that he has “not succeeded in reconciling the French people and their leaders”—in other words, himself. Macron’s approval ratings stand at an all-time low with over seventy percent of French people polled not expressing confidence in his leadership.

    Yet great hopes have been pinned on Macron and he has worked hard to fulfill them. On November 11, at the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice ending the World War I, before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the eternal flame underneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Macron delivered a long speech of tribute to the fallen. In the speech he also forcefully expressed a worldview in defense of the postwar liberal international order and implacably opposed to nationalism, populism, and the tribalism of politics in many countries, not least the United States, whose president, Donald J. Trump, sat stony-faced as his ally and supposed friend attacked directly Trump’s attitude and actions.

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  • How We are Exposing Foreign Interference in Ukraine's Elections

    Western democracies are under threat from outside meddling, and Ukraine is the testing ground for this interference. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s persistent efforts to influence the domestic politics of his neighbors and countries well beyond Russia’s borders have posed enormous challenges in Europe and across the Atlantic.

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  • May's Brexit Deal: With Cabinet Nod Secured, Next Stop Parliament

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on November 14 that her Cabinet had agreed to a draft Brexit agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU). Following a five-hour meeting with her Cabinet ministers in London, May said that the decision was “a decisive step which enables us to move on and finalize the deal in the days ahead.” The deal, which must next be approved by the British Parliament, faces significant opposition both from within May’s Conservative Party and from other parties.

    "Theresa May has finally reached the first base camp on Britain’s way to exiting the EU," said Fran Burwell, a distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative.

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  • No Good Brexit Options

    It has long been clear that there are no good Brexit options. As former Prime Minister John Major pointed out recently, the British people were told by Brexit advocates at the time of the last referendum back in June 2016 that they would keep the advantages of the single market, be better off, get cash back from Brussels to fund the National Health Service, be able to negotiate new trade deals overnight, and have no problems with the Irish border if they voted to leave the European Union (EU). None of these claims has turned out to be true.

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  • Why Are Ukraine's Honest Judges Being Blocked from the Supreme Court and Anticorruption Court?

    After the 2013-2014 Euromaidan Revolution, hopes were high for the introduction of the rule of law in Ukraine.

    But five years later the demand for justice is still unfulfilled.

    Judges implicated in corruption and political cases have tended to be promoted, and those few known for their integrity and independence have been demoted and fired.

    To create an island of justice in Ukraine’s corrupt judiciary, civil society and the nation’s Western partners have demanded the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court, whose members are being selected now.

    But members of the Public Integrity Council, the judiciary's civil society watchdog, say the authorities have all the tools at their disposal to block the selection of the most professional, independent, and impeccable candidates.

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  • What a Little Girl and an Aging Pop Star Can Teach Us about Russian Propaganda

    Eight-year-old Nina never wanted to be a star on Russian state television. Nevertheless, the Kyiv native was the subject of a one-hour discussion on Russia’s First Channel, a popular national show. The topic was hot: a Ukrainian family wanted their daughter to be taught music in Ukrainian.
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  • A Counterintuitive Way Ukraine Can Impress the EU and Solve Its Own Migration Problem

    Ukrainians were granted the most residence permits of any non-EU nationals in the EU last year. Approximately 662,000 Ukrainians received such permission in 2017 alone. Ukrainians are now integrating into Europe at an annual number roughly equal to the population of Montenegro, an official EU accession candidate and new NATO member.

    For hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians, European liberties such as the freedom to work legally and the ability to live long-term and sell their services in the EU are becoming reality. These rights include the right of residence for persons of independent financial means.

    However, this type of European integration is still largely a one-way street. There is very little movement of people from the EU into Ukraine.

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  • World War I Commemoration Gives Emmanuel Macron an Opportunity to Shine

    French President Emmanuel Macron will welcome world leaders to Paris this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The event will provide Macron with an opportunity to flex his foreign policy muscles, specifically to reaffirm his position as a leading supporter of the European Union (EU) and, more importantly, a champion of liberal democratic values.

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