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The mandate for keeping peace

UNFor the last two weeks, numerous statements have been made about the possible United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission to Ukraine. While the idea is not new the first request was made by Ukraine in February 2015 and later sent to the UN only with the Russian President’s statement about the possibility to deploy a mission, public and media attention were caught by the issue.

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What’s new in Visegrad?

V4In this episode In between Europe discuss the Visegrad Four cooperation, its past, present, and future with Wojciech Przybylski, the editor in chief of Visegrad Insight and chairman of Res Publica Nowa. The V4 group, which includes Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, has received much attention since the European migration crisis broke out in 2015. This attention might have overshadowed the fact that Visegrad has often found it hard to stake out common positions and that its role, in the future multi-speed Europe, could be upended even more.

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To fight the new Cold War, we must forget the old one

rtImagine a four-kilometre-long train shooting through Siberia at a breakneck speed. It is 1951. The heroic engineer Blinov knows no fear; the tireless locomotive pulls four hundred wagons at an incredible 150 km/h. Blinov is the "New Soviet Man," quite used to performing such feats; he joyfully drives more hours, and faster, every single day. The train, built with Soviet steel and sweat, puts the mighty synergy of socialist mechanics and proletarian work ethic on display. A master of his train, Blinov is but a cog in the machine of the Soviet state. He has two goals: first – to build communism and defeat capitalism through peaceful labour; second – to shame America by showing that in the USSR, the daily conquest of the impossible is the new norm.

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A new Georgia?

tbilisi arThe more peripheral an Eastern European country is, the more vigorously it waves the European Union flag. Georgia waves it the most vigorously, even though it is located in Asia. Europe could not have been moved to Georgia neither with pleads, nor with threats. Thus, Georgia has decided to settle for an imitation.

 

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In an era when anti-European populism is becoming mainstream in the West, it is sometimes hard to imagine that there are countries where the dream of a European-style liberal democracy is still very strong. Georgia is one such country. Public opinion polls conducted in July this year show that a whopping 77 per cent of Georgians support the European Union and 66 per cent support NATO. And this support remains, despite the country’s complicated geopolitical situation. Unfortunately, similar to other Eastern European transformations, Georgia’s “westernisation” has been at the hands of short-sighted and overly ambitious politicians. Thus, it has turned into a triumph of style over substance. Arguably, the transformation in Georgia began in 2003 when the Rose Revolution with its pro-European slogans brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power. What followed was the transformation of what we can call a Potemkin village à l'européenne.

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No place for middle ground in Ukraine

Normandy format talks in Minsk February 2015 032017 has seen little progress on the Ukrainian crisis. The conflict that erupted in 2014 following a regime change in Kyiv and the Russian aggression in Ukraine is frozen, but not solved. Economic sanctions against Russia are not even close to being lifted, which unnerves some of the big traders in the Western community. A lot of interest groups would like to see the sanctions lifted, and the most plausible way, to many, is by striking a deal with Russia that would provide a face-saving exit from the crisis to both parties.

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