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Ahtisaari for Slow Learners

“The future of the Balkans is within the European Union,” stated the leaders of the European Union member states at the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003. “The enlargement process will not be completed before the admission to membership of the entire Balkans,” Slovak foreign minister Miroslav Lajčak underlined 10 years later at an anniversary conference held […]

May 26, 2013 - Ida Orzechowska

Us and Them: The evolution of identity

ZIEMOWIT SZCZEREK: What do people in the West think about Europeans from the East? Are they “us” or “they”? HANS HENNING HAHN: The concept of “us” is always dependent on how we understand “them”. The more we think about other regions of the world, for example the Arab world, as being different from us, the […]

May 25, 2013 - Ziemowit Szczerek

Political Protests in Ukraine: Real again

On May 18th, the Day of Europe in Ukraine, tens of thousands marched in Kyiv as the wave of political protests reached its highest point. “Rise, Ukraine!” the rallies organised by the political opposition of Batkivshchyna, UDAR and Svoboda, had splashed across the country since early March. Ukrainian commentators, used to battering the opposition’s inefficiency, by […]

May 23, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

There Is No Plan B

On Friday May 17th, Krakow, Poland, hosted a summit of the foreign ministers of both the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership states. The summit included the participation of the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton as well as Štefan Füle, the EU Commissioner for enlargement policy. The summit was hosted by Polish Foreign […]

May 19, 2013 - Adam Reichardt

We Have Experts with Morals and Principles

A conversation with  Nikolay Tsonev, a prominent Bulgarian politician, former Bulgarian Defence Minister and founder of the New Alternative political movement. DIMITAR BENEVRESHKY: What are the key problems today in Bulgaria? Where do you think the major political challenges lie in the upcoming months? NIKOLAY TSONEV: Here, I can answer without any hesitation – unemployment and the […]

May 9, 2013 - Dimitar Benevreshky

Call For Participants! Caucasus International Summer School

Call for participants! Caucasus International Summer School The "Caucasus International Summer School" is going to take place 8th to 12th July 2013 in Dimaro (Trento, Italy). Understanding the Caucasus today is of crucial interest to students of democratic transition, conflict transformation, international law and minorities’ rights. The Caucasus International Summer School constitutes a unique opportunity […]

May 7, 2013 - Example Author

Armenia After Election Year

On May 5th 2013 municipal elections were held in Yerevan. These were the last in a series of important elections in Armenia, which started with parliamentary elections in May 2012.

May 7, 2013 - Konrad Zasztowt

Dishonest Promises and Illegitimate Regimes

HAYDEN BERRY: As an American, what attracted you to Central and Eastern Europe? ANNE APPLEBAUM: I read a lot of Russian literature when I was a teenager, and got the idea that I wanted to be able to read it in the original. But this was the 1980s, at the height of the “second” Cold […]

April 28, 2013 - Hayden Berry

It is April 26th

What would you say is characteristic of Ukraine? At the beginning of the 2000s, an ordinary European, even if aware that Ukraine was not Russia, would inevitably answer with just one word – Chernobyl. April 26th 1986 was a hot day in Kyiv. Tourist books called it the greenest city in Europe at that time. […]

April 26, 2013 - Yegor Vasylyev

The First Congress of Lithuanists “Integration – Dialogue – Perspectives”

Three scientific clubs at the University of Wrocław: the Lithuanists, the Librarians, and the Diplomats, as well as the College of Eastern Europe have organised the First Congress of Lithuanists “Integration – Dialogue – Perspectives”. In Poland, places where the Lithuanian language is taught are scattered throughout the country and the students do not know […]

April 25, 2013 - Example Author

Towards Improved French-German Cooperation in the EU Neighbourhood

Until now, France and Germany – the “motor” of European integration – do not agree on how to address the ongoing economic and financial crisis, which remains the most debated policy issue within the European Union. Clearly, increased effectiveness of EU policies on the crisis and beyond requires more convergence of visions and proposed policy […]

April 23, 2013 - David Rinnert

Serbia on the Road to EU Accession?

After ten rounds of negotiations and near failure, Serbia and Kosovo have agreed on a pact that opens up the path for Serbia's languishing EU accession. The constellation of events that led to the announcement of the pact on April 19th, including discussions with Russia, has brought this historic agreement about. Yet, while the ground has […]

April 21, 2013 - Mathew Shearman


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