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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

USA foreign policy in the Western Balkans: why they are taking the lead

Over the past years the Balkans have come back into the radar of the United States, and this renewed interest has been pushed by geopolitical balances. Since the end of the Cold War, passing by military intervention in the 1990s, the United States of America has been engaged in the Western Balkans, with the goal […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

2020 Serbian Elections: the Real Sunset of Democracy?

On the 21st of July, Serbian citizens have been asked to express their political preferences for the new government. Amidst Covid-19 emergency, Serbia resulted in being the first country in Europe to hold elections. Initially planned for April, the event was organised immediately after the suspension of a strict lockdown. What came out from it […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Czech Coal Phase-Out: No Solution in Sight

Coal-fuelled power plants closure is accelerating in Europe as the air pollution standards exceptions guaranteed by the EU expire at the end of June. While coal plays a significant role in electricity generation, the amount of carbon released in the atmosphere has been raising environmental concerns. While many governments attempt to comply with the Paris […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Croatian Struggles: To work, or not to work on Sundays, that is the question.

Few weeks ago, leading conservative Croatian Political Party HDZ (Hrvatska Demokratska Zajednica/ Croatian Democratic Union) suddenly started pushing the agenda for non-working Sundays. This sparked numerous reactions: one the one hand, one part of the public was satisfied because the Government is supposedly doing the right thing and ‘’what it is supposed to do’’; on […]

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Directors' Cut

Directors’ Cut Ep.5: New normals for a post-epidemic media freedom

The emergency situation that has hit nearly the entirety of the world – due to the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic – has had many clear and visible negative impacts to our societies: e.g. a crisis in the healthcare system, economic slowdown, loss of jobs, etc. However, there have also been downturns reported by activists in […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

Balkan route: Covid-19 pandemic’s consequences for migrants

Since 2016, when the Balkan Route has become one of the most important ways for the migrants to try to enter into the European continent, the countries of the Balkan area had to face the consequences that the migrant flows have brought with them. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had made this situation more […]

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Russia and Caucasus Observatory

Caucasus Essentials Pt.3 – The Caucasus today: a region still on the cleavage

by Giovanni Zorra* Nowadays the Caucasus is one more time on the cleavage. Not anymore between culture, religions or languages. This time between past and future. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have a troubled past which still influences deeply their politics and self-perception of their peoples. Regional and ethnic issues are open wounds which do not stop […]

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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

A greener future for Western Balkans: how far we are now?

At the end of 2019 Von der Leyen’ Commission has launched its European Green Deal as its new growth strategy. Within this ambitious initiative that will impact the European Union and its neighbourhood, at what stage are the Western Balkans on their path towards environmental protection? Environmental issues have become nowadays matters of national importance […]

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Commentaries European integration Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

The EU and the new geopolitics of inclusion: what has recently changed in the Balkans?

On the 6th of May, all the EU Member States and six Western Balkan countries held the Zagreb Summit. The intent of the meeting was to examine a European perspective toward the Western Balkans and their future in the EU.[1] [2] Originally arranged to take place in Zagreb, Covid-19 emergency led the EU and states’ […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

How to Exploit the Coronavirus Crisis? Learn from the Polish Government

Many democracies around the world have decided to postpone elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, it seems like holding election during a pandemic is not a concern for the Polish government. Despite the complaints of the opposition and concerns expressed by the European Commission, the ruling nationalist party Law and Justice (PiS) is pressing ahead with […]