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Seventy years ago, the organization of United Nations was officially founded in San Francisco, the city I live in at this time. A few days ago, I went to see the mural commemorating this event in the city’s landmark cathedral, Grace Cathedral on California St. Painted by the Bolivian-American artist Antonio Sotomayor, the mural depicts… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

Guest blog post by Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, author of State-Building in Kosovo: Democracy, Corruption and the EU in the Balkans. Kosovo’s authorities have illegally arrested one third of the parliamentary opposition, including its main leader. The European Parliament expresses concern, but refuses to condemn the arrests. In their desire to assist Kosovo, now in a… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

On December 2, 2015, the foreign ministers of NATO member states, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, agreed to grant a membership invitation to Montenegro.[1] In response to this indisputable historical fact, the New York Times published two articles, a front page article and an editorial,… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

No-one will ‘freeze to death’ if the planned lignite-fired power plant in Kosovo does not receive support from multilateral development banks, but if it does, low-income households may well end up choosing between electricity and food. How can an institution, whose very mission is to end poverty, justify this project? by Visar Azemi, Coordinator at… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Guest blog post by Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of European Union Law at Ghent University. When he started his term in office about a year ago, European Commission President Juncker expressed a general feeling of ‘enlargement fatigue’. The message was clear: no major progress was to be expected in the process of EU enlargement in… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

During a training course on geopolitics, just a few days after the Paris terrorist attacks, I was asked whether there are “geopolitical advantages and disadvantages” for countries and, if so, which are the disadvantages for Romania, considering the current challenges Europe is facing. My reply was that there are no advantages and disadvantages – there… » read more

  Posted by Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

In November 17-18 Greek PM Tsipras meets with Turkish PM Davutoglu and the President Erdogan in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The Greek PM is expected to discuss a number of issues, with the refugee crisis on top of the agenda. Alexis Tsipras’ visit in Turkey comes in a turbulent time… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

It’s no secret that Poland is not the biggest proponent of ambitious European climate and energy policies. Rather than give Poland the extra nudge it needs to transform its increasingly obsolete energy system, the Energy Union risks sustaining – and legitimising – the Polish addiction to fossil fuels.   by Julia Krzyszkowska, cross-posted from the… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

AKP’s outright majority is clearly Erdogan’s personal achievement. HDP crossed the Rubicon and CHP secured front opposition. All that as freedom of speech is violated and situation with the implementation of the rule of law is alarming. Turkey’s long-serving ruler reaffirmed he has the way to take what he wants. Both as PM and President,… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

News coming from the Western Balkans states resembles much with news coming from Moldova, with protests against the government being the current norm. Popular unrest relates first of all to the socio-economic reality in these countries, but it also refers to the East-West balance of power. The so called ‘normalization process’ between Kosovo and Serbia,… » read more

  Posted by Global Perspectives - Antonia Colibasanu

Thousands of puppies are being trafficked to the United Kingdom by Eastern European criminal gangs exploiting European Union laws on pet passports. West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton, a British conservative, said gangs were using fake pet passports to get past customs. Unsuspecting families buying the animals face expensive vets’ bills or are forced to hand… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe

It is quite interesting to read now in checking out what the media status is in Russia (1) that it is reported as regarding public slander of state officials as a form of extremist activity (a bill approved by Russian parliament : Law on Fighting extremist Activity, 2006). On looking at the article it seems… » read more

  Posted by Katrina

Ukraine could again be involved in a scandal. The investigation led by Ukraine’s authorities accused a former top manager of the UniCredit bank in Ukraine Borys Timonkin of the laundering money for Sergey Kurchenko, an oligarch from the circles of Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine’s runaway president. Borys Timonkin is one of the most well-known and smartest… » read more

  Posted by Taras Semenyuk

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