The Western Balkans are one of the regions where Turkey tries to increase its influence in order to present itself as a mediator and a stabilising actor on the world stage. Although the Western Balkans lag behind other European regions in terms of economic development, business environment or even political stability, Turkey has been active … Continue reading Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo
Poland heavily depends on coal and belongs to the most polluting and CO2 emitting European countries. Not surprisingly, a majority of the most polluted EU’s cities are Polish. Despite toxic air, Warsaw is planning to open a new coal mine. It can appear being absurd in the light of environmental debates across Europe. In June, … Continue reading Polish ‘Black Gold’ Is More Precious Than a Greener Future of the EU
Article written by Fabio Seferi and Giorgia Miccoli When listing the most important stages that conducted to the end of the Cold War, one surely thinks at the reproaching between the USSR and the US, made possible by the Raegan Reversal and by Gorbachev’s “new thinking” approach. Among the successful moves that from the 1983 … Continue reading A post-INF Europe: Leeway for a deeper approach on defence
The whole world welcomed the beginning of a new millennium with spectacular celebrations and new hopes. In people’s mind, the year 2000 meant a jump in the future, in which technological development would have reached new and undiscovered worlds. According to popular beliefs, what was about to start was the millennium of the end of … Continue reading The war on terror: the last drift before the 2004 EU eastward enlargement
Only two days separate us from the local elections in Albania, which have been at the centre of a crisis that has locked the country in uncertainty for the last months. While there is an open clash between institutions – the President Ilir Meta has tried to cancel the election date of 30 June set … Continue reading Albania at crossroads ahead of local elections: An easy win for an even easier loss
Biggest Czech protests since 1989! Czechs demand the resignation of PM Babis – a billionaire accused of EU subsidy fraud. A movement Million Moments of Democracy mobilizes masses of people across the country and shows that people are concerned about the current political situation.
During the last weekend, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 26th May, the citizens of the 28 Member States of the European Union voted for the renewal of the European Parliament. The 2019 European elections are characterized by a tough electoral campaign based mainly on issues such as immigration, nationalism and Euroscepticism. This has led most … Continue reading European Parliament Elections 2019: what future for the EU?
The Roma are the EU’s largest minority and one of the most discriminated group in the European block. Notwithstanding the Indian origins, the Roma settled in Romania during the XIV century. With the 2007 enlargement of the European Union, large shares of people migrated to Western Europe, becoming a crucial part of the society in … Continue reading The Roma in the European Union: the fragile fight against discrimination
by Pia Dittmar Nowadays, the rise of populism in Europe is a phenomenon that cannot be ignored when it comes to analyzing contemporary politics. Scholars try to explain how populism emerges and search for common features in order to find a universal definition for this recent trend. Although some characteristics of populism might be … Continue reading Right-Wing Populism and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe
The history of the European continent is a history of divisions and reunifications. In 1989 the fall of the Berlin Wall has reunified Europe after almost forty-five years. East Europe and West Europe, with the end of the Cold War divide, could finally get back what history stole from them. In 1990, the Czech President … Continue reading Fifteen years of membership: the complexities of the EU’s eastward enlargement