Poland heavily depends on coal and belongs to the most polluting and CO2 emitting European countries. Not surprisingly, a majority of the most polluted EU’s cities are Polish. Despite toxic air, Warsaw is planning to open a new coal mine. It can appear being absurd in the light of environmental debates across Europe. In June, … Continue reading Polish ‘Black Gold’ Is More Precious Than a Greener Future of the EU
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, Turkey has been active … Continue reading Money, mosques and concrete: Turkish engagement in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo
The whole world welcomed the beginning of a new millennium with spectacular celebrations and new hopes. In people’s mind, the year 2000 meant a jump in the future, in which technological development would have reached new and undiscovered worlds. According to popular beliefs, what was about to start was the millennium of the end of … Continue reading The war on terror: the last drift before the 2004 EU eastward enlargement
In mid February 2019, Italian right-wing party League relaunched its longtime plan for the legalisation of prostitution. While the draft seems not 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 … Continue reading If Italy legalises brothels it will be the victims of trafficking — especially those from Eastern Europe — to pay the toll
About one month ago, several people were arrested in Lithuania on suspicion of spying on behalf of Russia. Although Moscow firmly rejected this accusation it is undeniable that Russia after 2014 has intensified its espionage activities in the Baltics. In view of this, how is the Russian threat perceived in Lithuania and how does the … Continue reading Is there a Russian spy network in Lithuania?
L’ormai consolidata relazione speciale tra Varsavia e Washington è tornata a far discutere di sé in seguito alla richiesta polacca di vedere costruita una base militare statunitense sul proprio suolo. Inoltre, il procedere dei negoziati della Brexit sta contribuendo a trasformare la Polonia nell’alleato americano più forte, nonostante altri paesi stiano parimenti competendo per questo ruolo. Le radici di questo … Continue reading La proposta del Fort Trump e la relazione speciale tra Varsavia e Washington
Il Presidente kosovaro Hashim Thaçi (al centro, di fronte) e il Presidente serbo Aleksandar Vučić (a destra, di lato) Credits: EPA-EFE/DIMITAR DILKOFF / POOL L’idea di uno scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo era trapelata inizialmente nei social network durante questa estate, con voci che si rincorrevano e nessuna conferma ufficiale. La conferma però è arrivata dal Presidente serbo Aleksandar … Continue reading Accordi fatali? Lo scambio di territori tra Serbia e Kosovo