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The previous article published a few days ago describes the political developments in Poland during the last 12 months. In light of these developments, it makes sense to remind ourselves of the contributions to democracy made by some great Europeans in the past. European democracy and the ‘tyranny of the masses’ In the 17th century,… » read more

  Posted by The future of the European Union

Current EU-Turkish relations are all but tranquil. Controversial issues like the ‘refugee deal’, the visa waiver roadmap and the promise of revitalized accession negotiations continue to be front page news. Not surprisingly, they eclipse developments in the EU-Turkey Association, the institutionalized international regime established as long ago as 1963 that is intended to foster cooperation… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Energoatom is currently unable to serve loans from European institutions. Even though a European Commission study assessed the company’s credit worthiness Ukrainian taxpayers now have to pay back part of the loans. by Ana-Maria Seman, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Difficulties are piling up for Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom whose accounts remain frozen since… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.   by Miroslav Mojzis cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   After pressure from Slovak non-governmental organisations,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Politics has been hamstringing America’s solar industry — and now politics is poised to do the same with Poland’s wind energy. Such short-sightedness will of course prolong the dominance of dirty-fuel sources. A number of U.S. utilities, alarmed at solar’s threat to their businesses, have sent their lobbyists scurrying to state capitals to persuade legislators… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

Back in December, former USAID project officer Josh Cohen described the scale of corruption in Ukraine so breathtaking that “a Nigerian prince would be embarrassed.” Since then, the Nigerians actually were embarrassed, this time by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s who quipped that the country was “fantastically corrupt” prior to the May 12 Anti-Corruption Summit… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

Kosovo versus Brexit

Guest blog post by Alba Xhixha, Western Balkans specialist, Senior Communications and EU Affairs Manager at Aspect Consulting . It has become something of a truism over the years to say that the Western Balkan region is often associated with war and animosity. Of course, it is true that ethnic tensions flare up from time… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

For about two decades, it appeared that the end of the Cold War in Europe left the Balkan states with no long-term geostrategic option except the so-called Euro-Atlantic integrations underwritten by the ideology known as Atlanticism. This option reached the peak of its strength after NATO’s military intervention in the Bosnian conflict in 1995 (which… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

Guest blog post by Mark Demesmaeker, MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists. A wave of politically motivated persecution has swept the territory of Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Yet it barely makes it on to our television screens. The methods being deployed by Russian special services are inhuman, using “state terrorism” against civilians. We owe it to… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

The European Union has announced a $2.3-million feasibility study of a natural gas pipeline between Cyprus and Europe — one of the continent’s latest efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. Cyprus has had success developing gas fields off its eastern and southern coasts that are closer to Europe than Middle Eastern gas. Although… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

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