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?

The respect for human rights in refugee camps on the Balkan route

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

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

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The migration crisis: between sovereignty and history

Since its beginning in April 2015, after the tragic events in the Mediterranean, the European migrations crisis has been dividing the old continent on many levels. The actions taken by Brussels have included the strengthening of the presence in the sea “to increase the search and rescue possibilities within the mandate of FRONTEX”[1]and the fighting … Continue reading The migration crisis: between sovereignty and history

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

Polish ‘Black Gold’ Is More Precious Than a Greener Future of the EU

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

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

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