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Some 5.3 million registered Kurdish voters headed to the polls on Monday 25th Sep. 2017 to decide in a referendum vote whether they want to become an independent nation-state. Three northern Iraqi provinces — Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah – comprise the parliamentary democracy governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. The referendum took place… » read more

  Posted by AriRusila's Conflicts

By Sabrina Huck, Political Consultant The UK has the Queen’s speech – the European Union has the annual State of the Union address. Delivered by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker’s performance might be lacking pomp and circumstance in comparison to the State Opening of Parliament, but it serves a similar purpose in… » read more

  Posted by The Whitehouse Consultancy

One can only welcome the ambition stated in the EU global strategy: “European security hinges on better and shared assessments of internal and external threats and challenges. Europeans must improve the monitoring and control of flows which have security implications.”   It is indeed extremely important to try to bring order into European strategic thinking… » read more

  Posted by Europe and Security

A new Bankwatch study reveals a worrying track record of criminal and corrupt activities among the companies that are building Europe’s flagship gas pipeline project, the Southern Gas Corridor. by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. The Southern Gas Corridor, a 3,500 kilometre system of pipelines meant to bring gas from Azerbaijan into Europe,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

With the recent arrest of the Russian economy minister Aleksey Ulyukaev by the FSB, the Russian equivalent of the FBI, the president Vladimir Putin’s purge of the liberal faction within the Kremlin nomenklatura is now in the full public view.[1] This faction is headed by the Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev who succeeded Putin as… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

Just a few months after he was enthroned as the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia in February 2009, Kirill I travelled to Istanbul to meet with Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarch, historically the “first among equals” in the Orthodox Church hierarchy. A mere six years older than Kirill, Bartholomew has held this… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

It is hardly a secret that the most vocal advocates of NATO expansion into East-Central Europe were the U.S. weapons manufacturers and their lobbyists. For instance, one of the founders of the U.S. Committee to Expand NATO, a non-profit advocacy organization, was Bruce Jackson, a vice president at Lockheed Martin and a former U.S. Army… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

From the very first days of the Obama administration, the vice president Joe Biden has taken over running the U.S. foreign policy agenda for the former Communist bloc in Europe. This self-appointed mandate applied not only to the ex-Soviet states, the best known cases being Ukraine and Georgia, but also to the states of ex-Yugoslavia… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

There are rising problems in the Western Balkans. Serbia’s role in fostering region stability is growing as tensions increase in the traditionally problematic Balkan triangle of Croatia-Serbia-Bosnia. Serbia’s balancing act between Washington and the European Union on one side and Russia on the other has gained visibility since late 2014. Russia lost ground when the… » read more

  Posted by Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

Summer holidays in the country expecting the green light to start EU accession negotiations When you think about going on vacation to Albania, what first comes to your mind is the natural beauty, people’s hospitality and good food. But once you are in Albania, things may appear in a different light. And totally different to… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Andrii Lavreniuk, Brussels based Ukrainian journalist. For two years Putin’s Russia has been terrorising the entire civilised world. The occupation of Ukrainian Crimea and military aggression in eastern Ukraine became the first stages of a hybrid, undeclared war unleashed by the Kremlin regime. Russia cynically and insidiously destroyed the security of… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

  Yuriy Poyta, Dmitriy Zolotukhin French and German companies, which lobby the lifting of sanctions against Russia in the EU countries Despite the efforts of the powerful pro-Russian lobby in the political and business structures of Europe, on July 1, 2016, the EU extended the economic sanctions against Russia. Restrictive measures cover the financial, energy… » read more

  Posted by Institute for Postinformation Society

On May 19, 2016, 28 NATO foreign ministers, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, signed the accession protocol with Montenegro in Brussels. In order for Montenegro to be admitted, all NATO member states must ratify the protocol. Since this is a treaty document, the U.S. Senate has to approve it by a two-thirds… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

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