Articles and Commentary

Gentile Bellini’s link with Albania in the Fifteenth Century and George Kastrioti Skanderbeg

epos1When I was in Amsterdam at the Rijks Museum a couple years ago  I discovered the 17th century paintings of Albanians by the excellent painter Jean Baptiste Vanmour. Similarly, in 2015, I made another great finding when I was in Brussels, the capital of the EU and the arts world with renowned names such as Rene Magritte and extraordinary architects like Victor Horta, at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR).

 

Read more: Gentile Bellini’s link with Albania in the Fifteenth Century and George Kastrioti Skanderbeg

Moldova’s odd couple: Plahotniuc and Dodon

plahotniuic dodonIn recent months, the Moldovan parliament passed two bills which aim to change the country’s electoral system. It now seems ever more likely that Moldova will adopt a mixed electoral model and increase the chances of Vlad Plahotniuc, an oligarch (who is the wealthiest and most influential man in Moldova) and leader of the biggest pro-European party in the ruling coalition, to stay in power after the planned 2018 parliamentary elections. Time and again, Plahotniuc has found support from his formal rival – the leader of the pro-Russian socialists, President Igor Dodon.

Read more: Moldova’s odd couple: Plahotniuc and Dodon

Russia’s thorny relationship with democracy

democracy russiaThe assassination of Boris Nemtsov in front of the Kremlin on February 27th 2015 marked the first time since the execution of Lavrentiy Beria in 1953 that a viable contender for Russian power was summarily eliminated. By the time Brezhnev forcibly ousted Khrushchev from power in 1964, the Soviet elite had tacitly agreed that power struggles between them would not result in murder; Khrushchev died eight years later, with a pension. Since 1953, the Russian political elite who came to power through illiberal and undemocratic means did not generally purge the allies of their predecessors for fear that the same would be done to them if and when they were succeeded. Perhaps, whoever ordered the assassination of Boris Nemtsov harbours no such fears.

Read more: Russia’s thorny relationship with democracy

A far right hijack of Intermarium

Andriy Biletsky with Azov volunteersThe appeal of Intermarium on the far right lies in how it can be portrayed as a political third way. This interpretation takes the ideas of the national conservatives further by positing Intermarium as the remaining heartland of the “true Europe”, a bulwark not only against Putinist “neo-Bolshevism” encroaching from Moscow, but also against the neoliberal, multicultural, secular and feminist “neo-Bolshevism” emanating from Brussels.

Read more: A far right hijack of Intermarium

Subcategories

  • The Road to Vilnius
    Article Count:
    2
  • EuroMaidan

    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.

     

    Article Count:
    3
  • Intermarium
    Article Count:
    11

Partners