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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 […]

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Zoran Milanović Elected Fifth President of Croatia – The Lesser of Two Evils?

On January 5, Croatia elected Social Democratic candidate Zoran Milanović as its fifth President. Looking at the results of Croatian Presidential Elections, one may feel surprised to notice that despite several candidates ran for the position, the level of competition was very low. In the first round of Elections, there were eleven candidates running — […]

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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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‘Gender Ideology War’ and Angry Polish Women Fighting for Democracy

‘Poland is in a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights’[1] says the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women. Gender equality and women’s rights have come under a serious threat in recent years. The leading political party Law and Justice (PiS) has been raising tensions and consolidates the conservative attitudes to women. The coalition of […]

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Croatian Presidential Elections 2019/2020

Over the last few months, Croatia has been preparing for its presidential elections, and by now the names and the programmes of the contenders are already public. However, to actually become an eligible candidate that people can vote for, one must collect ten thousand signatures in the period between 22 November and 3 December 2019. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]