Kotleba and the Changing Perception of Fascism in Slovakia

Marian Kotleba is indisputably the face of current Slovakian fascism. He is a chairman of the far-right neo-Nazi political party The People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) that officially sympathizes with the war Slovak state (1939-45) – that time an ally of Nazi Germany.  LSNS expresses strong anti-Roma and anti-immigrant rhetoric, distances itself from the current establishment, proposes … Continue reading Kotleba and the Changing Perception of Fascism in Slovakia

Are demographic trends mirroring Albania’s vulnerabilities?

It is believed that among the negative sides of globalisation – or rising global inter-connectedness – there is also the brain-drain that many small less developed countries are experiencing in recent decades. One of these countries is definitely Albania, a state in the middle of its path to becoming an EU Member States, amid socio-democratic … Continue reading Are demographic trends mirroring Albania’s vulnerabilities?

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 … Continue reading Trapped parents and stateless children: what’s happening in the child surrogacy market in Ukraine?

Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group: V4 for Reasonable Europe?

The Czech Republic recently took over the Presidency of the Visegrad Group with a motto ‘V4 Reasonable Europe’. Can we expect reasonable behaviour of V4 (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) under the Czech lead along with the highlighted priorities? Or rather a consolidation of its spoiler image?   The following year appears to be packed with challenges … Continue reading Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group: V4 for Reasonable Europe?

A Very Long Delay: Bosnia and Herzegovina Still Without Formed Presidency

On October 7, 2018 General Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) were held. As of today, eleven months later, the Presidency has not been formed yet. The system of government of BiH is inspired by a consociational principle, which means it is designed to represent the three major ethnic groups in the country: Bosniaks, Serbs … Continue reading A Very Long Delay: Bosnia and Herzegovina Still Without Formed Presidency

Kosovo’s political crisis: A bump in a twisty road

During this past summer a new political crisis has erupted in Kosovo. After the resignation of the Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and the vote to dissolve the Parliament held by its members, the process of snap elections was formally and substantially initiated. In the meantime international recognition and the normalisation process with Serbia are at … Continue reading Kosovo’s political crisis: A bump in a twisty road

Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo

The Western Balkans are one of the regions where Turkey tries to increase its influence in order to present itself as a mediator and a stabilising actor on the world stage. Although the Western Balkans lag behind other European regions in terms of economic development, business environment or even political stability,[1] Turkey has been active … Continue reading Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo

Albania at crossroads ahead of local elections: An easy win for an even easier loss

Only two days separate us from the local elections in Albania, which have been at the centre of a crisis that has locked the country in uncertainty for the last months. While there is an open clash between institutions – the President Ilir Meta has tried to cancel the election date of 30 June set … Continue reading Albania at crossroads ahead of local elections: An easy win for an even easier loss