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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Slovakia Turned Orange: Violence Against Women Has Intensified Since the Outbreak of Covid-19

The situation in Slovakia is far from satisfying, said President Čaputová. Not only her but several institutions and other personalities in Slovakia joined the global Orange the World Campaign running between November 25th and December 10th 2020. The campaign has been also supported by 17 foreign mission in Slovakia initiated by the Irish ambassadress Riain […]

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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

Bulgaria’s veto on the enlargement process: yet another stop for North Macedonia

On  November 17th Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva rejected talks over North Macedonia’s entry into the European Union due to Bulgarian claims regarding historic and linguistic origins. The veto is yet another blockade for North Macedonia’s accession bid. After France decided to lift its veto to the start of the accession negotiations and after the […]

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Foreign Policy

Moldovan presidential election. A chance for change.

Moldova was at crossroads again, as the presidential elections that took place on the first of  November, on the one hand, offer a little hope of overcoming old divisions, while on the other hand put the country onto the same separation line: namely, whether the state is with the West or the East. The first […]

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2020 BiH Municipal Elections and their intrinsic illiberal inconsistences

For Bosnians, 2020 not only represents the year of Covid-19 outbreak like the rest of the world. As a matter of fact, it is somehow a special year: amid the emergency, citizens have been called out to express their votes for the new municipal elections. The presence of international organisations still operating in the country, […]

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Commentaries Foreign Policy geopolitics Governance and Multilateralism

The resignation of Hashim Thaci: what is at stake for Kosovo?

Last week, the President of Kosovo Thaci announced his resignation after confirming his indictment for war and crimes against humanity committed when he was commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army. The case before the Kosovo war tribunal in The Hague marks a pivotal step for justice and the rule of law in Kosovo. What kind […]

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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

EU-Balkans: European Commission presents the “enlargement package”. Results achieved and obstacles to future membership

On 6th October 2020, the European Commission adopted the “Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package”, the report in which the European Commission assesses the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The EU Commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement policies, Mr. Olivér Várhelyi, emphasized the improvement of the relationships […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

The Czech Senate Election: “Mayors and Independents” took the most of seats

Senate election was held on 2-3rd October in the Czech Republic alongside the regional election, followed by the second round a week later. One-third of the 81-member Senate is elected every two years, and rather predictably, the opposition parties proved to have a dominant position in Parliament’s upper house. The governing coalition parties ANO led by […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

LGBTQ+ Free Zones in Poland: fighting for fundamental rights

Poland’s culture clash has been boiling for years but it has exploded with the last Polish parliamentary elections, when the ruling right-wing party Law and Justice (PiS) found a new enemy to target, fighting a supposedly “LGBT ideology”. The case has been triggered by the declaration in support of LGBTQ+ rights signed up by Warsaw’s […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

The JANAF Affair Exposes Corruption in Croatia (Again)

Croatia has been hit with yet another corruption scandal – the JANAF affair. The CEO of JANAF Dragan Kovačević was arrested and he is accused of receiving bribe of around two million euros. JANAF (Jadranski Naftovod) is a Croatian pipeline transportation of crude oil company that operates in Southeast and Central Europe. However, the corruption […]

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Foreign Policy

A stolen state: Another victory of Vladimir Putin

The latest parliamentary election which was held on the 30th of August 2020 in Montenegro has jeopardized not only the state’s democratic transformation, but also challenged international stability and security by posing a threat to NATO indirectly. The drama of the new political split lies in the fact that on the one hand, a de […]