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GMF: Romania, Bulgaria, and the EU's Future

by Robin Shepherd
Romania and Bulgaria have entered a European Union that has stalled at a crossroads, says this commentary from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The paper discusses the various ways the new EU members will influence policymaking in the EU.
Analysis Brief

Bird Flu Makes Gains

by Mary Crane
The deadly H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus has now crept well into Europe—infecting birds in Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, and Denmark—and now also threatens Africa. Experts are at a loss over how to best tackle what could be an imminent global pandemic.
Expert Brief

Borderline Chaos: The EUa's New Challenge

by Sebastian Mallaby
The European Uniona's divided approach to the mass influx of migrants poses another threat to the goal of binding the continent economically and politically, writes CFRa's Sebastian Mallaby.
Primary Sources

Remarks by European Commission President Juncker on the State of the Union

with Jean-Claude Juncker
On September 9, 2015, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke about issues the European Union is facing, including the influx of refugees, the relationships of Greece and of Britain to the EU, the conflict in Ukraine, and climate change. He released updates for the European Agenda on Migration and for the ten priorities of the European Commission (first outlined in 2014).

The Russian Military

by Jonathan Masters
Military power has reemerged as an importantcomponent of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the region, explains this Backgrounder.

The President Who Ate Turkey

by Steven A. Cook
In evaluating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogana's first ninety days in office, CFRa's Steven Cook writes that Erdogan has become so power-hungry that he is expanding the powers of the presidency that ever before. As Erdogan makes himself indispensable to all areas of Turkish politics, the more he is rolling back democracy.
Task Force Report

Promoting Sustainable Economies in the Balkans

by Michael B.G. Froman with Steven L. Rattner
The conflict in Kosovo, less than four years after the brutal civil war in Bosnia, was a wake-up call to the international community. The West and others had once again underestimated the powerful forces of ethnic hatred and historical grievances in the Balkans. According to this independent Task Force report, economic reconstruction alone will not be sufficient to bring long-term peace and stability to the Balkan region, although raising living standards could foster sustainable economic growth and reduce political tensions.