All posts tagged "Ukraine"

  • Democracy in the Balkans: waiting for a new 1989? An interview with Jasmin Mujanović

    While not hitting the headlines as frequently as they used to, the Western Balkans still represent a flashpoint for Europe. Recurring authoritarian trends, incomplete democratisation processes, troublesome external influences and a fading EU perspective make the region...

    • Posted October 2, 2017
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  • Dutch elections: a bittersweet assessment

    Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands have rarely attracted so much attention from abroad. The quadrennial democratic procedure was described by the foreign press as another point in the global struggle between advancing populism and all others opposing...

    • Posted March 20, 2017
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  • Short Term Thinking? Why the Moldovan president’s criticism of the DCFTA is unjustified

    The problem with Igor Dodon’s nihilism towards the agreement is not what was stated about it, but rather what was left out. The first two official visits of the Moldovan President Igor Dodon to Moscow and Brussels...

    • Posted February 13, 2017
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  • Russia’s new drive in strategic communication

    When it comes to Russia’s hybrid warfare, there is much more than the ‘little green men’ who silently carried out the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The concept of strategic communication used by Moscow in Ukraine to...

    • Posted December 23, 2016
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  • The case for EU ‘political’ enlargement in the Balkans

    From the risks of Grexit to the reality of Brexit, from the migration crisis to the rise of populism all over the continent, the European Union is exposing all the weaknesses of its multi-centered governance, losing that...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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  • Georgia has delivered on democracy. It is now Brussels’ turn

    If Georgia’s parliamentary elections of October 2016 were a test of the country’s commitment to democratisation, it passed the ordeal with flying colours. They tested the limits of Europeanisation from above, but likewise showcased a budding Europeanisation...

    • Posted November 14, 2016
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  • Stability: a decisive factor for ensuring energy security in North Africa and the EU

    Growing tensions with Russia have created a rift between the EU and what has traditionally been its most important energy suppliers. After Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its ongoing shadow war in eastern Ukraine, and its military brinkmanship...

    • Posted October 1, 2016
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  • Nord Stream 2 – The (bumpy) road ahead

    In the last few weeks, Russia looked relentlessly busy in showing her activism on all the foreign fronts she is currently engaged: from Syria to Ukraine, Moscow is rising the stakes, willing to strengthen her revamped self-perception...

    • Posted September 5, 2016
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  • Uzbekistan after Karimov: a EU on the sidelines?

    On August 29, news broke of the death of the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, at the age of 78. Amid conflicting reports on the status of the president’s health, ranging from ‘full vigor’ to a possible...

    • Posted September 3, 2016
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  • Brussels, Moscow and energy security – a struggle on equal terms?

    Despite an economic downturn, Moscow is increasingly trying to re-position itself as a global actor by attempting to control its neighbors and weaken Europe. In part, it aims to achieve its foreign policy goals towards both the...

    • Posted July 11, 2016
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