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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Slovakia Has Woken up – Anti-Corruption Opposition Party OLaNO Wins

Slovaks have approached the polls on February 29th 2020 and decided on a new direction of their country. Surveys predicted that the leading social democratic left-wing party Smer-SD (Direction-Social Democracy) might lose Parliamentary elections for the first time in 14 years. However, nobody expected such a turn. The centre-right opposition party OLaNO (Ordinary People) claims victory with 25% […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Let the Games Begin – How Will Euro 2020 Impact Croatian Politics?

European Football Championship (Euro 2020) is being held this summer in England, and regardless whether one is a football fan or not, no one can deny the importance of it and the attention Euro 2020 will get. However, it is hard to single out another country devoting to it as much attention as Croatia. Not […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats Domestic Policy

A new Prime Minister for Ukraine — what is going on with Zelensky’s entourage?

Ukrainian Parliament has approved Prime Minister Hocharuk’s resignation. The reshuffle happens in a very delicate moment for Ukraine, both politically and financially. As tensions between the president and his former supporter Ihor Kolomoysky increase, the competition for pulling the strings of the government is looming.  The reshuffle A striking majority of the Ukrainian parliament has […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

The “16+1 Cooperation”: China’s door in Central-Eastern Europe

*This article is an excerpt of the author’s Master’s Degree thesis, discussed on 2 July 2019 at the University of Florence. Chinese relations with Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) have seen an improvement in the past three decades. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet […]

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Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

Does “mini Schengen” herald a new dawn of cooperation or is it a political theatre?

A week before the EU veto on the talks on the membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, the head of diplomacy of Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro met to talk about a regional initiative that was nicknamed “mini Schengen”. The Western Balkan countries want to create their own version of the European Union’s […]

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Commentaries European integration Foreign Policy geopolitics Governance and Multilateralism

The EU’s new accession strategy: driving the enlargement process forward, for real?

After few months from the European Council’s decision to not open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, the European Commission has come up with a revised enlargement strategy, in order to convince skeptical Member States of the Union to rekindle the enlargement process. Even if the Commission’s purpose to re-establish a credible EU perspective […]

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European integration Governance and Multilateralism

Yet another delay: North Macedonia’s tortuous road towards the international recognition

On October 2019 the European Council failed again to agree on opening EU accession talks with Western Balkans countries. Macron’s veto has caused disappointment and dejection especially in North Macedonia, which is now standing at a crossroads. Last week The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi presented the proposal for a revised accession […]

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Commentaries Foreign Policy Governance and Multilateralism

EU and China in BiH: Whose Support Costs More?

Twenty-four years have passed since the war ended, however Bosnia and Herzegovina is still taking its steps toward social and economic stability. Surrounded by quasi-friend countries, it has been trying to pursue any alternative way for reaching its purposes. In 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina presented its application for EU membership. From that moment on, the […]

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Directors' Cut

Directors’ Cut Ep.2 – The European Green Deal: a winning or losing formula?

The climate emergency has conquered the first spots in the political agenda of governments and international organisations. With the European (Commission’s) Green Deal, standards and long term goals are set not only for Europe but also for the international community as a whole. Central and Eastern Europe is requested to increase the speed of their […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Prague Turned Its Back on Beijing – Tensions Over ‘One China’ Policy

The Czech-Chinese relations have not been discussed as intensively as in recent months. The new Prague administration has dared to stand up to Beijing and to disrupt relations built through economic diplomacy. Questioning the nature of Chinese interests got in the limelight and what started as a diplomatic row between the capitals could stand for […]