As European leaders make it increasingly clear that rapid EU membership for the Western Balkans is out of the question, there is speculation that other global powers may also reconsider their strategies in the region. Due to its longstanding ties with the Balkans and vast experience in meddling, Russia sparks particular fear in the West.
The result of Ukraine's parliamentary election shows that the population wants to rebalance the country’s policy priorities and wants the new ruling elites to put citizens’ interests first.
After Ukraine’s president wins a majority in the country’s parliament, the potential for real change exists, but it comes with the risk that the government could lose sight of socioeconomic and political priorities.
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The Ukrainian parliamentary election is widely expected to give President Zelenskiy a greater mandate for reform. He has to start to deliver soon and face the resistance of the opposition.
The startling spread of illiberal populism in democracies around the world raises the question of how damaged democracies can heal themselves.
Rising populism and inequality, coupled with surprising election outcomes in the United States and Europe, may signal an end to this historic transatlantic relationship.
Europe is grappling with how to uphold the Iranian nuclear deal without the United States.
As the dust settles from the European elections, it is important to stand back from immediate political battles and assess the longer-term implications for European democracy.
Ukraine’s recently elected President Volodymyr Zelenskiy remains largely unknown in European capitals. His true colors will come through only after Ukraine’s parliamentary election later this year.