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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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Russia and Caucasus Observatory

Caucasus Essentials Pt.2 – Caucasus in the short Twentieth Century: Dealing with oil, domination and war

by Giovanni Zorra* In the previous part, we tried to resume all those geographical issues which are relevant for a better understanding of the Caucasus. This second contribution approaches the region on the historical side, addressing the focus on three macro-arguments, which can provide an interesting reading key. These three arguments are broad and obviously […]

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Russia and Caucasus Observatory

Caucasus Essentials pt.1 – An attempt of definition through geography

by Giovanni Zorra* This contribution about the Caucasus is the first of a series. This region is interesting by itself and meaningful for its position in international relations, but often remains in our peripheral view. The attempt of this introduction is to provide some data, inputs, suggestions and finally to compose a sort of handbook, […]

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Governance and Multilateralism

The US beats the EU in Kosovo, and it may be a problem

by Thomas Romano* Albin Kurti’s fall ends the Atlantic consensus in Kosovo, and the consequences may be serious The fall of the government in Kosovo, on 25 March 2020, marked one of the lowest moments of EU’s foreign policy in the Western Balkans in recent times. 82 out of 120 MPs voted a no-confidence motion […]

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Domestic Policy European integration Special issues

Right-Wing Populism and National Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

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 […]

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Domestic Policy

L’esperienza di secessione nell’ex Repubblica Federale di Jugoslavia: tra quadro costituzionale e profili applicativi

di Enrico Pelosato*  Introduzione al tema della secessione: osservazioni preliminari Da alcuni decenni, si sta assistendo all’emergere di movimenti separatisti in numerosi ordinamenti europei ed extraeuropei[1], quali ad esempio: il Canada[2], la Spagna[3], il Belgio[4], la Francia[5], il Regno Unito[6] e, seppur con sfumature diverse, l’Italia[7]. In tale contesto, i movimenti separatisti si pongono lungo […]

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Domestic Policy European integration Special issues

“This Framework Decision shall not have the effect of modifying the obligation to respect fundamental rights”: limits to the execution of a EAW due to detention conditions in Hungary

by Enrico Pelosato* The issue of the relationship between the enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) mechanism[1] and the protection of fundamental rights got its momentum with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which led to the granting of the Treaty-like status to the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Charter)[2].  Nevertheless, the […]

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Domestic Policy Special issues

The Enforcement of the European Arrest Warrant Mechanism in the presence of Systematic Deficiencies in a Member State’s Judicial System: the Polish case

by Enrico Pelosato*  The basis of cooperation among EU Member States in criminal matters is the notion of “mutual trust”, which represents the precondition for the creation of a common European Area of Criminal Justice. The notion of mutual trust identifies a model of cooperative actions based on common norms, as highlighted by Article 4(3) […]

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Domestic Policy

The Hybrid Neighbourhood: la complessa Europa centro-orientale.

Con questo primo articolo di presentazione nasce Hybrid Neighbourhood, una piattaforma di informazione e approfondimento che vuole analizzare un’area geografica vicina e al contempo distante, l’Europa centro-orientale. La scelta del nome del blog nasce, appunto, dalla ‘vicinanza’ della zona presa in analisi e dal caratterizzarsi di questa in quanto ‘ibrida’. Infatti, una molteplicità di attori […]