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Politics/International relations

Release of political prisoners is part of Lukashenko’s appeal to the West

Mikalai Statkevich, one of the six released prisoners, upon his arrival in Minsk. Photo credit: Reuters

One would think that a man of such posture like Lukashenko hardly needs an election strategy. Rigged electoral machinery, supressed political opposition and vanquished civil society create very favourable conditions for a landslide victory. Add more than 21 years of (mostly) unchallenged reign to this mix and one can imagine Lukashenko sitting back and planning how he is going to spend his ...

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Georgia’s ambivalence on Ukrainian crisis

Demonstrators carry posters and Georgian and Ukrainian flags as they head to a rally in support of the Ukrainian opposition, in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The rally was organized by youth and students organizations in Tbilisi. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

Since the unraveling crisis in Ukraine, Georgian Dream ruling coalition has taken an apathetic position toward the current developments in our partner country. As well as Ukrainian people, our society has expected a momentous support from Georgian authorities to Ukraine. However, the ruling coalition encounters myriad of external and internal impediments that make elaboration of an unambiguous approach toward Ukraine hardly achievable.

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Future of the EaP: opportunities and struggles

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The events from the failure of the Vilnius Summit up until the ongoing Ukrainian crisis have revealed the need of reviewing the EU’s current policies towards its Eastern partners.

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ENP conditionality psychoanalysed: no more “more for more”?

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The European Union is ‘Sui Generis’, – the Latin expression meaning ‘one of its kind’. That is exactly due to its unique characteristics that there are continuous scholarly attempts to conceptualize the European Union as a term.

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One year after the Crimea Annexation: Thinking ahead for Ukraine

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March 2015 marked one year after the annexation of Crimea and the EU is still indecisive. It does make moves (e.g. sanctions against Russia), but has the “safe mode” turned on.

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Russia’s role in Crimea: Foreign Policy Analysis

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The Ukrainian crisis has undermined the status-quo in the post-Cold War order and laid the foundation of new understandings regarding Russia’s revisionist power in the 21st century.

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EU and Russia: communication redefined

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The illegal annexation of Crimea has halted the more than 20 years of the EU-engagement with the Russian Federation. Unexpectedly, Russia derailed from its own commitments to uphold Ukraine’s territorial integrity, creating a deep gap and exposing essential differences in values, creating implications for international law.

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Can the EU rescue democracy in Western Balkans?

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With worrying signs of a return to authoritarianism in the region, it is time for Europe to reexamine its engagement with the Western Balkans

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Slovak ambivalence on the Ukrainian crisis

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On November 17, people in Slovakia commemorated 25th anniversary of one of the most important events in their recent history – the Velvet revolution. The Velvet revolution of 1989 meant the end of communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia.

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2014: The Worst and the Best Year in Modern Ukraine’s History

Source: http://www.pravda.com.ua/articles/2014/07/22/7032645/

It is December out there, which means it is time to take a stock. I will try to re-think and critically evaluate the last year of Ukraine’s history as an independent state. 

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