A post-INF Europe: Leeway for a deeper approach on defence

Article written by Fabio Seferi and Giorgia Miccoli When listing the most important stages that conducted to the end of the Cold War, one surely thinks at the reproaching between the USSR and the US, made possible by the Raegan Reversal and by Gorbachev’s “new thinking” approach. Among the successful moves that from the 1983 … Continue reading A post-INF Europe: Leeway for a deeper approach on defence

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

The war on terror: the last drift before the 2004 EU eastward enlargement

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

European Parliament Elections 2019: what future for the EU?

During the last weekend, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 26th May, the citizens of the 28 Member States of the European Union voted for the renewal of the European Parliament. The 2019 European elections are characterized by a tough electoral campaign based mainly on issues such as immigration, nationalism and Euroscepticism. This has led most … Continue reading European Parliament Elections 2019: what future for the EU?

Western Balkans Accession Assessment

The Western Balkans Labor Market Trends 2019 report, published by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) and the World Bank Group, described the improving labor market and overall GDP growth of the Western Balkans. Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia reported the strongest job growth in the Western Balkans. Most jobs in this region, … Continue reading Western Balkans Accession Assessment

Greece – Republic of North Macedonia: the end of 27-year-long dispute

On January 25, the Greek parliament approved the agreement signed with Macedonia concerning the new name of the latter. This allows Macedonia to be able to request access to NATO and also the EU. An historical dispute The dispute between the Hellenic Republic and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) started in 1991, when the … Continue reading Greece – Republic of North Macedonia: the end of 27-year-long dispute

Everything you have to know about Putin’s visit to Belgrade

Last Thursday, President Putin went to Belgrade to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. During the meeting, as well as in the days following and preceding it, a variety of issues were discussed ranging from energy and trade to military issues. Most importantly, the visit has raised high expectations among the Serbian leadership and the public … Continue reading Everything you have to know about Putin’s visit to Belgrade

Is there a Russian spy network in Lithuania?

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?

Sea of Flames: the Russia-Ukraine possible escalation in the Black and Azov Seas

A possible escalation in the hostilities between Russia and Ukraine is mounting in the last days in the Black Sea and Azov Sea region, after Russian naval forces seized three Ukrainian ships. After the two ground-battle frontlines, first in Crimea and then in Donbas, the conflict could now spread to the sea with the opening … Continue reading Sea of Flames: the Russia-Ukraine possible escalation in the Black and Azov Seas

Human rights protection in Moldova: key challenges

In the last few years, EU-Moldova relations have grown closer and tighter, with Moldova benefiting from an increasing number of agreements and the EU eager to consolidate its influence in the country. However, there are still several impediments preventing this relation to achieve a quality leap. The compliance with international democratic standards in Moldova has … Continue reading Human rights protection in Moldova: key challenges