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 … Continue reading The EU stops the talks with the Western Balkans: what consequences?
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 … Continue reading Council’s failure to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania: a defeat for the European enlargement project?
Since the Balkan Route has become one of the different ways for the migrants to try to enter into the European continent, the countries of the Balkan area and the EU itself had to face several hard situations. After the establishment of the wire mesh on the border between Serbia and Hungary in 2018, the … Continue reading The respect for human rights in refugee camps on the Balkan route
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