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Armenia in Transition: A turning or a tipping point?

Mount Ararat and the Yerevan skyline 1With parliamentary elections in Armenia quickly approaching, a profound period of transition is nearing its apex. According to the government’s initial plan, a transformation to a parliamentary form of government was seen as the most effective way to maintain power amid a potentially troubling transition of political elites. But that early degree of optimism and confidence was quickly eroded in the wake of the sudden outbreak of intense fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh in April 2016 and a startling hostage stand-off incident that dragged on for two weeks in July. Against that backdrop, the country’s coming election in April 2017 is no longer a predictable culmination of an orderly and planned transition. Rather, the April election now stands as a crossroads for Armenia, as either decisive turning point or as possibly divisive tipping point, with the country’s stability and security in the balance. 

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Poland and Germany: Progress despite expectations

merkel szydloFor 25 years, Warsaw and Berlin have shared a ride in the same car, often on rocky and bumpy roads, but mostly agreeing on the route. Since Law and Justice (PiS) took power, Chancellor Angela Merkel has observed the developments from a distance, rarely speaking out, unlike many other European Union officials. Over the past 14 months of PiS’s rule, however, some advancements took on an extreme character, and the Polish-German car seemed to have hit an icy patch with the breaks failing. Chancellor Merkel seems to agree that a longer stay in a garage should be prevented, and paid Poland a flying visit on Tuesday last week.

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The collapse of pre-election sociology: A view from Russia

survey-1594962 1280This article was originally published in "Meanwhile in the Baltics...", a collection of articles written by the graduates of 2016 Solidarity Academy - Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, organised by the European Solidarity Centre in partnership with the Council of the Baltic Sea States. 

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Azerbaijan-Europe cooperation: Towards a deeper dialogue

aliyevAzerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev visited Belgium at the invitation of the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. During his stay he participated in discussions with EU officials, the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker, President Tusk, the High Representative of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic, as well as with King Philippe of Belgium and the former president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Rene van der Linden.

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    New Eastern Europe's Continuing coverage of the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine

    The Ukrainian government’s decision to put the country’s European integration on hold was met by a spontaneous protest of middle class and students. Three days later the rally organised by political parties attracted the biggest turnout since 2004 Orange revolution events.

     

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