Category: Europe

Lessons from Romania: How to Start an Anti-Establishment Revolution the “Right Way”

Romanian flag overlooking Bucharest.
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“If only the United States could learn from Romania”. This is what many are saying following the successful protests by the Romanian people against their newly-selected government. The populist movement that has emerged since the end of January arose out…

Hello Darkness My Old Friend – Renewed Tensions in the Western Balkans

Translation from Russian: Kosovska Mitrovica: Kosovo is Serbian; Crimea is Russian. Mitrovica, Kosovo. https://flic.kr/p/nMsACR

Violence has engulfed the Donbas as conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists gains a new lease on life; Estonians arm themselves in fear of a Russian onslaught. Meanwhile, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina the ceasefire constitution is starting to seem as more…

Brexit: Opportunity or Distraction for the EU?

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Theresa May’s speech from the Home Office on the 17th of January put an end to 6 months of uncertainty as to the broad course that Great Britain will adopt following Brexit. Nicknamed “Theresa May-be” by some, the British Prime…

The EU and the New East: Integration, Confrontation, and Illiberalism in Belarus

The European Neighbourhood Programme aims to promote integration of the EU's eastern and southern environment. https://flic.kr/p/oW3buZ

The establishment of visa-free travel to Belarus for citizens of 80 countries (including European Union Member States as well as the United States) is the latest episode in the ongoing geopolitical struggle opposing Western great powers to the Russian Federation…

To Euro or Not to Euro? For Croatia, the Wise Choice is No

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
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The road to the Euro remains a long one for Croatia despite the fact that the Croatian National Bank (CNB), intends to replace the Croatian kuna with Europe’s shared currency by 2020. However, it very well may not be the best…

The Turkey-Russia Rapprochement

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Nearly a month following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, we have seen neither a Russian démarche nor a reprisal against the Turkish government for the security oversight that allowed the gunman to enter the Ankara art…