After few months from the European Council’s decision to not open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, the European Commission has come up with a revised enlargement strategy, in order to convince skeptical Member States of the Union to rekindle the enlargement process. Even if the Commission’s purpose to re-establish a credible EU perspective … Continue reading The EU’s new accession strategy: driving the enlargement process forward, for real?
On October 2019 the European Council failed again to agree on opening EU accession talks with Western Balkans countries. Macron’s veto has caused disappointment and dejection especially in North Macedonia, which is now standing at a crossroads. Last week The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi presented the proposal for a revised accession … Continue reading Yet another delay: North Macedonia’s tortuous road towards the international recognition
Twenty-four years have passed since the war ended, however Bosnia and Herzegovina is still taking its steps toward social and economic stability. Surrounded by quasi-friend countries, it has been trying to pursue any alternative way for reaching its purposes. In 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina presented its application for EU membership. From that moment on, the … Continue reading EU and China in BiH: Whose Support Costs More?
The climate emergency has conquered the first spots in the political agenda of governments and international organisations. With the European (Commission’s) Green Deal, standards and long term goals are set not only for Europe but also for the international community as a whole. Central and Eastern Europe is requested to increase the speed of their … Continue reading Directors’ Cut EP.2 – The European Green Deal: a winning or losing formula?
The Czech-Chinese relations have not been discussed as intensively as in recent months. The new Prague administration has dared to stand up to Beijing and to disrupt relations built through economic diplomacy. Questioning the nature of Chinese interests got in the limelight and what started as a diplomatic row between the capitals could stand for … Continue reading Prague Turned Its Back on Beijing – Tensions Over ‘One China’ Policy
On January 5, Croatia elected Social Democratic candidate Zoran Milanović as its fifth President. Looking at the results of Croatian Presidential Elections, one may feel surprised to notice that despite several candidates ran for the position, the level of competition was very low. In the first round of Elections, there were eleven candidates running -- … Continue reading Zoran Milanović Elected Fifth President of Croatia – The Lesser of Two Evils?
In recent months, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has held several rounds of talks with President Putin to discuss further integration between Belarus and her neighbouring giant, but the results were not as good as expected. As new generations roll out into Belorussian politics, is the feeling of closeness between the country and Russia fading out? … Continue reading Do Belarusians want further integration with Russia?
The often called “Brotherhood” lays at the basis of the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Russia, both on regional and multilateral levels. For centuries, the two countries have been increasingly strengthening their ties. Originally from the common Slavic and Orthodox roots, they currently hold a strategic partnership. Both sides loyally back their respective positions trying … Continue reading How strong are ties between Serbia and Russia?
‘Poland is in a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights’ says the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women. Gender equality and women’s rights have come under a serious threat in recent years. The leading political party Law and Justice (PiS) has been raising tensions and consolidates the conservative attitudes to women. The coalition of … Continue reading ‘Gender Ideology War’ and Angry Polish Women Fighting for Democracy
During the last month, the European Union decided to block Albania and North Macedonia from starting membership talks. The decision came after the “Non” said by several countries including France and Spain, and it is considered by Senior EU official, like the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker, as a “grave historic mistake”1. The … Continue reading The EU stops the talks with the Western Balkans: what consequences?