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Author: Mathew Shearman

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

Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union

Orthodox churches are scrawled into their body, as are swastikas, yet the monochrome portraits or Russian prisoners look serene. “Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the soviet union,” Stalin once said; and as the collection's title it is laced with as much irony. There is little beauty in London's Saatchi Gallery now and any […]

March 17, 2013 - Mathew Shearman

Enlargement to Retrenchment: EU budget and the East

Behind the headline cuts in the European Union’s 2014-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), lies a new EU retrenchment policy on its eastern borders. The protection of EU Structural and Cohesion funds to the European Union and the gutting of the “Global Europe” spending ceiling, within which the commitments to the Eastern Partnership initiative are housed, […]

February 17, 2013 - Mathew Shearman

New Immigration Flows, Old Stereotypes

The final transitional immigration controls on Romania and Bulgaria are set to expire in January 2014, seven years after these new Eastern Europeans became citizens of the European Union. In the United Kingdom, parallels are already being drawn with the 2004 “wave” of immigration, when Poland and the other A8 countries gained the rights to […]

January 23, 2013 - Mathew Shearman

The Politics of Perceiving Corruption

The latest Corruption Perceptions index by Transparency International (TI) brings into question the description of the European Union's role, often told in dialectic terms, of the transformation of Eastern Europe from a web of Soviet satellites to European states. Whilst levels of perceived corruption in Eastern Europe have remained steady compared with three years ago, […]

December 9, 2012 - Mathew Shearman

In Pursuit of Shale Gas

There is a slow evolution in Central and Eastern European energy supply and Poland is pushing hardest to ensure that shale gas is at its centre. Rather than pursuing a policy solely of energy independence from Russia though, the pursuit of shale is also part of a broader move to cope with European Union environmental […]

November 9, 2012 - Mathew Shearman

The New Engine of Europe

In Warsaw in mid-September, the German led “Future of Europe Group” announced its plans for the next political development of the European Union. Both in that moment and subsequent speeches, the driving force behind this development has not been the traditional “engine” of European integration, a now increasingly fraught Franco-German partnership, but a new coalition […]

October 1, 2012 - Mathew Shearman

Half a Europe Away

A special report for New Eastern Europe on German youth attitudes toward Eastern Europe by Europe & Me editor Mathew Shearman. All along the horizon, Europe is changing in ever more manic fluctuations. Economists are fixated on the southern states, watching the crumbling fringes of the Eurozone in Greece; or looking for fresh signs of […]

May 24, 2012 - Mathew Shearman


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