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Ukraine’s inconsistent sanctions policy towards Russia

While the main attention is focused on the US and EU sanctions against Russia over its wrongdoings in Ukraine, Kyiv is far from setting an example in their implementation. Paradoxically, the Ukrainian leadership has been rather reluctant and slow when it comes to the sanctioning of the Kremlin’s cronies.

October 18, 2018 - Maria Shagina

Bulgarian gas storage would improve energy security and diversification

Bulgaria's strategic location makes it a great hub for passing along natural gas to the rest of Europe. In case of trouble and limited supply it would also be the first to pay a heavy price.

October 16, 2018 - Eugen Iladi

Poroshenko has achieved a second independence from Russia

As Moscow warns of repercussions, Kyiv finally rejoices with the good tidings from a tense synod.

October 15, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Soft power vs hard power: the diplomatic struggle of the Western world in the East

The combination of EU soft power and US hard power towards the East seems to be wearing off. While the transatlantic relationship is being remodeled, Russia tries to regain its footing.

October 11, 2018 - Michael Eric Lambert

Which political forces have supported reforms and European integration in Ukraine since 2014?

Many Ukrainian political movements claim they are working towards European integration and supporting reforms. The only way to verify this is to look at how they vote.

October 9, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Enver Hoxha’s personality cult lives on in today’s Albania

Albania is changing fast in the 21st century. At the same time a dictator's ghost seems near impossible to get rid of.

October 5, 2018 - Bardhyl Selimi

Reforming Ukraine – slow progress or unrealistic expectations?

Some western observers of Ukrainian reforms become frustrated with the slow pace. Perhaps they have unrealistic expectations considering the challenges the country faces?

October 2, 2018 - Stefan Jajecznyk

Bulgaria’s autocratic model

While the EU's attention is directed at Hungary and Poland, an even younger member state challenges its basic principles.

September 27, 2018 - Radosveta Vassileva

How the Ukrainian far-right has become one of the biggest proponents of Intermarium

Intermarium, a concept largely forgotten during the Cold War, has been rediscovered and remodeled by Ukrainian nationalists.

September 25, 2018 - Alexandra Wishart

Can the Council of Europe stand up to Putin?

As the European consensus for sanctions against Russia is eroding, the Council of Europe has found itself in a difficult position.

September 24, 2018 - Maryla Król

The one shall be taken, and the other left

The Russian people overwhelmingly supported annexing the Crimea to Russia in 2014, but not the Donbas. What explains this anomaly?

September 21, 2018 - Dorka Takácsy

The future of Chinese investment in the Caucasus – The case of Abkhazia

China is balancing its investments with large doses of pragmatism in the Caucasus. Internationally recognized partners or not, work on the Belt and Road Initiative must proceed.

September 20, 2018 - Michael Eric Lambert

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