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?
Over the last few months, Croatia has been preparing for its presidential elections, and by now the names and the programmes of the contenders are already public. However, to actually become an eligible candidate that people can vote for, one must collect ten thousand signatures in the period between 22 November and 3 December 2019. … Continue reading Croatian Presidential Elections 2019/2020
Marian Kotleba is indisputably the face of current Slovakian fascism. He is a chairman of the far-right neo-Nazi political party The People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) that officially sympathizes with the war Slovak state (1939-45) – that time an ally of Nazi Germany. LSNS expresses strong anti-Roma and anti-immigrant rhetoric, distances itself from the current establishment, proposes … Continue reading Kotleba and the Changing Perception of Fascism in Slovakia
November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A watershed in European history, it paved the way for an ideal re-unification of the Continent, dismembered by the logic of the Cold War. Indeed, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Central-Eastern Europe had progressively leaned towards accession to the European … Continue reading Directors’ Cut Ep.1 – A tale of two Europes: Divides, discrepancies and cleavages inside the European Union
It is believed that among the negative sides of globalisation – or rising global inter-connectedness – there is also the brain-drain that many small less developed countries are experiencing in recent decades. One of these countries is definitely Albania, a state in the middle of its path to becoming an EU Member States, amid socio-democratic … Continue reading Are demographic trends mirroring Albania’s vulnerabilities?
On October 18, the enlargement process suffered a setback, due to the European Council’s failure to agree on opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. France’s veto has caused massive disappointment within the European Union and especially in the countries affected by this decision. What consequences will this delay have on the enlargement … Continue reading Council’s failure to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania: a defeat for the European enlargement project?