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The recent emergence of nationalist and populist forces in eastern Europe, coupled with the rise of Russia, now threatens to derail efforts toward further EU integration, weaken NATO, erode the continent’s stability, and damage U.S. interests. Washington must ensure that the region’s new politics do not damage the European project, for a strong and cohesive EU is in everyone’s interest.

Reprinted with permission from Foreign Affairs, November/December 2006, Volume 85, Number 6, pp. 117-131, © 2006 Council on Foreign Relations, Inc., all rights reserved.

Originally published in: Foreign Affairs, November/December 2006, pp. 117-131.

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