‘Gender Ideology War’ and Angry Polish Women Fighting for Democracy

‘Poland is in a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights’[1] 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

The EU stops the talks with the Western Balkans: what consequences?

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?

Croatian Presidential Elections 2019/2020

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

Kotleba and the Changing Perception of Fascism in Slovakia

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

Directors’ Cut Ep.1 – A tale of two Europes: Divides, discrepancies and cleavages inside the European Union

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

Are demographic trends mirroring Albania’s vulnerabilities?

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?

Council’s failure to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania: a defeat for the European enlargement project?

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?

Trapped parents and stateless children: what’s happening in the child surrogacy market in Ukraine?

Over the last few years, Ukraine has become a hotspot for international child surrogacy agreements. While the business is flourishing, the lack of proper regulation has led to situations of deep psychological distress for committing parents, surrogate mothers, and children as well. As the risks of international child surrogacy become more and more obvious, Europe … Continue reading Trapped parents and stateless children: what’s happening in the child surrogacy market in Ukraine?

Serb-Kosovar Relations: Where Are We At?

After 20 years of contention, the two countries still face mutual hostility. As the post-conflict context worsened on the local level, the international community has been increasingly stepping into the negotiation processes. Among the foreign actors involved, great role has been held by the EU for what concerns a potential formal agreement. The other two … Continue reading Serb-Kosovar Relations: Where Are We At?

Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group: V4 for Reasonable Europe?

The Czech Republic recently took over the Presidency of the Visegrad Group with a motto ‘V4 Reasonable Europe’. Can we expect reasonable behaviour of V4 (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) under the Czech lead along with the highlighted priorities? Or rather a consolidation of its spoiler image?   The following year appears to be packed with challenges … Continue reading Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group: V4 for Reasonable Europe?