All posts tagged "European Union (EU)"

  • How stable is Bosnia’s instability?

    What exactly is happening in Bosnia? Since the end of the war in 1995, the former Yugoslav country has hardly witnessed a period of prolonged political calm, economic growth and proper state-building, with the three warring parties...

    • Posted April 25, 2018
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  • Serbia as the EU’s Western Balkan accession catalyst

    Those hoping for another wave of enlargement like that of 2004 will be sorely disappointed by the EU’s “enhanced” and “credible” enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. Others are deeply concerned by the delineation of two front-runners,...

    • Posted February 12, 2018
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  • As France falters, Italy gains more leverage in the ‘enlarged Mediterranean’

    Françafrique’s days look numbered, as Paris is finally confronting the limits of its recent re-engagement in both Maghreb and Sahel. President Macron seems ready to give up the legacy of his predecessors: the reckless Libyan policy inaugurated...

    • Posted January 5, 2018
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  • 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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  • Russia’s ‘humanitarian’ intervention in the Balkans

    Russian influence in Serbia has been vehemently debated from a number of angles; financial investments (typically loans not grants), the latter’s failure to join sanctions regimes and joint-military exercises such as those of the ‘Slavic Brotherhood’. Yet...

    • Posted September 13, 2017
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  • Is Turkey’s influence in the Balkans a matter of concern?

    During his first years as Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spared no effort to re-establish his country’s areas of influence dating back from the Ottoman era. Such Neo-Ottoman foreign policy, who had in the former foreign minister...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • Virtual affairs of state: How cyberthreats increasingly intertwine with politics

    Before recently, there was a wide perception that cyber-attacks affect only high-level officials, banks, governments or rich celebrities. After last year’s elections in the US though, a real ‘trickle down’ effect of cyberthreats on ‘ordinary’ citizens has...

    • Posted April 13, 2017
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  • The challenges of Islamic radicalisation in Kosovo. A conversation with Florian Qehaja

    In the last few years, international attention focused again on Kosovo. This time, because of its role as a primary source of fighters willing to join the Islamic State and other jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq....

    • Posted March 21, 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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