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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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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

Do Belarusians want further integration with Russia?

In recent months, Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko has held several rounds of talks with President Putin to discuss further integration between Belarus and her neighbouring giant, but the results were not as good as expected. As new generations roll out into Belorussian politics, is the feeling of closeness between the country and Russia fading out? […]

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Democratic Empowerment and Transnational Threats

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 […]

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Commentaries Domestic Policy Foreign Policy

If Italy legalises brothels it will be the victims of trafficking — especially those from Eastern Europe — to pay the toll

In mid February 2019, Italian right-wing party League relaunched its longtime plan for the legalisation of prostitution. While the draft seems no more than a pretext for distracting the electorate, it has resulted in a heated and rather polarised debate. The discussions largely neglected the link between prostitution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation, a […]

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geopolitics

Everything you have to know about Putin’s visit to Belgrade

Last Thursday, President Putin went to Belgrade to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. During the meeting, as well as in the days following and preceding it, a variety of issues were discussed ranging from energy and trade to military issues. Most importantly, the visit has raised high expectations among the Serbian leadership and the public […]

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geopolitics

Human rights protection in Moldova: key challenges

In the last few years, EU-Moldova relations have grown closer and tighter, with Moldova benefiting from an increasing number of agreements and the EU eager to consolidate its influence in the country. However, there are still several impediments preventing this relation to achieve a quality leap. The compliance with international democratic standards in Moldova has […]

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Commentaries Domestic Policy

Cosa sta succedendo alla chiesa ortodossa ucraina e perché sta portando a uno Scisma

Passando largamente inosservata in Italia, con il riconoscimento dell’autocefalia alla Chiesa Ortodossa Ucraina si è aperta una delle più serie divisioni nel cristianesimo dai tempi della riforma protestante. La frattura è destinata ad avere profonde ripercussioni su vari piani, mettendo a rischio la coesione sociale in Ucraina, i rapporti tra il patriarcato di Mosca e […]