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Belarus presidential election 2020: (un)obvious choices

The surprisingly calm start to the presidential election campaign in Belarus featured the gathering of signatures in public. Within a few weeks police provocations and arrests have forced the candidates to adapt.

June 15, 2020 - Maxim Rust Yahor Azarkevich

Kyiv should stay out of US politics

It was and remains an imperative that Ukraine has a stable relationship with the United States. The deterioration of American support might seriously undermine Ukraine’s ability to withstand Russian pressure.

June 10, 2020 - Volodymyr Dubovyk

Post-pandemic Georgia: stepping out of a political crisis?

Despite highlighting its success in dealing with the pandemic, the Georgian Dream government has recognised the possibility of losing public and external support ahead of the parliamentary elections.

June 9, 2020 - Soso Dzamukashvili

The beautiful game never left Donbas

Football used to represent the hopes and aspirations of Donetsk. It has become a symbol of the destruction and changes the region has seen over the last few years.

June 4, 2020 - Robert O’Connor

Russia’s 2019 cyberattack against Georgia was followed by a full-spectrum propaganda effort

The Kremlin unleashed a multi-channel counter-messaging campaign after it had been made clear Russia’s GRU was behind the attack.

June 2, 2020 - Givi Gigitashvili

Belarus is the world’s strangest state right now

The new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, Belarus is seeing an unprecedented wave of civic participation amid the upcoming presidential election.

May 28, 2020 - Yahor Azarkevich

The dangers of enflaming false revisionist history in the Balkans

A response to defenders of Trump’s foreign policy in a region all too familiar with the meddling of great powers.

May 27, 2020 - Sidita Kushi

No concrete promise after EU-Balkan summit commits to Albania

On May 6th, the EU held a virtual EU-Western Balkans summit. The COVID-19 response forced the summit to focus on aid and solidarity rather than on enlargement talks, but reforms in Albania still remained high on the agenda.

May 22, 2020 - Charles Fourmi

Moldova: The consequences of failed Russian credit. What next?

The story of Russia’s credit to Moldova has ended before it even started. After more than seven hours of hearings conducted on May 7th, the Constitutional Court decided to cancel the approval of 200 million euros of Russian loans. The court sided with the opionion of the Moldovan opposition and declared the credit agreement unconstitutional.

May 15, 2020 - Denis Cenusa

Russia’s “virtual” economic relief

While both in the United States and Europe, the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, and Bank of England all rushed to help their ailing economies during the pandemic, the Central Bank in Russia has done nothing except organise small currency interventions supporting the rouble.

May 14, 2020 - 'Vladislav Inozemtsev Vitali Shkliarov

Coronavirus of Georgian politics

The government of the Georgian Dream has been fairly successful with its gradual approach to tackling the pandemic. At the same time it found itself pitted against one of the most trusted institutions in the country, the Georgian Orthodox Church.

May 12, 2020 - Archil Sikharulidze

Serbia’s fractured history is reflected in Belgrade’s museums

No single museum gives an overall narrative of Serbia’s development. Instead the country’s history is split between several different institutions.

May 11, 2020 - Luke Bacigalupo

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