EU-Russia

Why Brexit Won’t Affect EU-Russia Relations

After more than three years of agonizing divisions, missed deadlines, and costly uncertainty, the United Kingdom finally left the European Union on January 31. Many things will change radically, but despite some predictions, relations with Russia look set to remain the same. While for most Brits and UK residents nothing has changed—the same rules will apply to travel, trade, and…

Unsettled union: The future of the Belarus-Russia relationship

For more than a year, Belarus-Russia relations have regularly made headlines. In late 2018, Russia suggested that Belarus would have to accept deeper bilateral integration if it wanted to benefit from greater economic cooperation. The sides engaged in intense talks throughout 2019, hoping to reach an agreement by December. However, they not only failed to sign any significant new deals,…

Did Emmanuel Macron Hand the Balkans to Russia?

French President Emmanuel Macron is being widely pilloried for his recent snub of the Balkans by vetoing the start of European Union (EU) accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia. Many observers are warning that Russia will reap the benefits, as the countries of the Western Balkans feel shut out by the West after having completed a substantial part of…

Mathieu Boulègue: I don’t see European policy toward Russia, apart from the policy of sanctions

A member of “European Dialogue” Expert Group Nickolay Petrov interviewed Mathieu Boulègue, a research fellow at Chatham House and an expert in Eurasian security and defence issues as well as in Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. They discussed the EU-Russia relations, the situation in Ukraine and how the international order will look like after Brexit

Emmanuel Macron’s very big idea on Russia

Emmanuel Macron is a man with a lot of big ideas about how Europeans should step up their game on foreign policy. Perhaps his biggest so far is for Europe to engage in negotiations with Russia on a new European security order, reflecting his belief, expressed last month, that “the European continent will never be stable, will never be secure,…

The geopolitics of reconstruction: Who will rebuild Syria?

As Syria’s guns slowly fall silent and Bashar al-Assad re-establishes central control over much of the country, the wider confrontation that has sustained nearly a decade of civil war is shifting to a new battleground: the economy. Whether and how Assad can rebuild Syria has become the central issue around which the opposing sides in this painful conflict are now…

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