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Orbán’s new move: fight a pandemic by undermining the rule of law?

Throughout history, pandemics have regularly resulted in an expansion of state powers; this is exactly what is happening now in one of the 27 member states of the European Union. Indeed, the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán is taking advantage of the epidemic to strengthen his authoritarian control over the nation. While it is […]

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Montenegro and Turkey: a Special Relationship with a European Background

Since its independence in 2006, Montenegro has promptly started developing relations with the international community. Among its closest allies, Turkey definitely stands out. Particularly in recent years, its interests towards the Adriatic country increased in various fields such as culture, education and economy. Only last February, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited his counterpart […]

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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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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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How strong are ties between Serbia and Russia?

The often called “Brotherhood” lays at the basis of the diplomatic relations between Serbia and Russia, both on regional and multilateral levels. For centuries, the two countries have been increasingly strengthening their ties. Originally from the common Slavic and Orthodox roots, they currently hold a strategic partnership. Both sides loyally back their respective positions trying […]

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The EU stops the talks with the Western Balkans: what consequences?

During the last month, the European Union decided to block Albania and North Macedonia from starting membership talks. The decision came after the “Non” said by several countries including France and Spain, and it is considered by Senior EU official, like the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker, as a “grave historic mistake”1. The […]

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Council’s failure to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania: a defeat for the European enlargement project?

On October 18, the enlargement process suffered a setback, due to the European Council’s failure to agree on opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. France’s veto has caused massive disappointment within the European Union and especially in the countries affected by this decision. What consequences will this delay have on the enlargement […]

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The Roma in the European Union: the fragile fight against discrimination

The Roma are the EU’s largest minority and one of the most discriminated group in the European block. Notwithstanding the Indian origins, the Roma settled in Romania during the XIV century. With the 2007 enlargement of the European Union, large shares of people migrated to Western Europe, becoming a crucial part of the society in […]

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Brexit and the implications for Central Eastern Europe

After two years of negotiations, the Brexit drama between Brussels and London is coming to an end. The deadline to reach a final withdrawal agreement has been set for March 29, two years after the Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered article 50 in 2017. The international community is experiencing a troubled and unprecedented moment […]

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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 […]