BIGtheme.net http://bigtheme.net/ecommerce/opencart OpenCart Templates

Tag Archives: EU

Why is Russia Immune to Economic Sanctions and how should Georgia act?

1B425EC8-C137-4CD1-AC1A-48C1A9F541B9_mw1024_s_n

It has been more than a year and a half since the European Union and the United States have imposed an array of economic sanctions against Russia. Economic sanctions of Western countries followed the annexation of Crimean peninsula by Russia in March 2014. Prior to the annexation, Viktor Yanukovych – the President of Ukraine – was forced into resignation following ...

Read More »

Georgia’s Thorny Path to Europe: Now it is time for EU to Deliver

maxresdefault-e1448627860625

Despite the fact that Georgia serves as a crossroad to Europe and Asia, it is not on the crossroad of choice, constantly challenged by geopolitical turbulence. Indeed, Georgia has demonstrated its firm aspiration to join European Union at the Vilnius Summit in 2013, as it is the wish of the majority of the Georgian citizens. All the recent surveys conducted ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Decentralisation in Ukraine: First steps taken

Decentralisation map

Having ratified the Association Agreement with the European Union, European Atomic Energy Community and other ally states Ukraine stepped into a new era – era of new challenges leading to radical changes. The incentives to tackle the challenges are numerous: not only Ukraine will benefit itself by reforming outdated governance system, it will also get closer to the EU membership ...

Read More »

Future of the EaP: opportunities and struggles

eu2015_4_20150325_006

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.

Read More »

Can Montenegro make up for breaking the rules on the Euro?

0,,15701747_303,00

Montenegro looks to be a strong candidate to become the EU’s next new member state, but its government’s unilateral adoption of the Euro as the country’s sole currency in 2002 may yet stand in its way. In order to have any chance of concluding negotiations on EU acquis chapters related to monetary policy and financial control while retaining the Euro, ...

Read More »

One year after the Crimea Annexation: Thinking ahead for Ukraine

Credit:http://d2yhexj5rb8c94.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/article_node_view/public/Crimea%20crisis.jpg

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.

Read More »

Russia’s role in Crimea: Foreign Policy Analysis

green man

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.

Read More »

EU and Russia: communication redefined

SCHRANK-Russia-Oriental-Partnership

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.

Read More »

Can the EU rescue democracy in Western Balkans?

EU symbolics Source: dw.de

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

Read More »