• How to overcome corruption in Ukraine

    Corruption in Ukraine remains high both subjectively and objectively; therefore discussions on how to overcome it are much more productive than discussions about whether it is as high as may be perceived.

  • No alternative to liberal democracy?

    The status and merit of liberal democracy is a hotly debated topic, especially in Central Europe. The question remains whether Central and Eastern European states will eventually embrace western liberalism or will populist and nationalist politics become more widespread.

  • Serbia’s predictable election

    On April 2nd, Aleksandar Vučić won Serbia's presidential election. Ever since, dozens of people have been gathering in Serbian towns to oppose the government's alleged authoritarian turn, electoral fraud and the strict control over mass media.

  • Batumi uprising: A response to a parking penalty or to an obstructed political process?

    In March 2017, the Georgian town of Batumi saw protests against the arrest of local residents in connection with traffic charges. The demonstrations soon turned into violent clashes between the police and the protesters.


  • Who is evil now? How Russia came back to haunt Trump's America

    Casting aside a longstanding tradition of American exceptionalism, Trump is remaking the United States into a more consumer-friendly version of autocratic Russia.

  • The death of an exhibition

    The Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk was officially opened just several weeks ago on March 23rd. But for months it has been a battleground for Polish historical memory. 

  • Is this truly your opposition?

    It is important not to characterise the Russian opposition as monolithically liberal. The March protest was not based on any coherent ideological commitments and energised all types of opposition groups, some of which are a far cry from democratically inclined intelligentsia.

  • Follow the money: Can NATO afford another Cold War?

    Not only has Russian military spending doubled from the mid-1990s, the Federation’s debt has decreased by 90 percent. Inversely, with the exception of Estonia, NATO members’ government debt increased.

  • Macedonia: A transit state for refugees

    Interview with Vladimir Bogoeski, PhD, a lawyer with the Hertie School of Governance.

  • Ukraine’s most underreported reform

    In 2017, Ukraine’s decentralisation reform has entered a critical phase marked by an adoption of laws aimed at fostering amalgamation of communities. To date, it has laid the foundation for a better quality of life for people living outside of big cities. 

  • Bringing Belarus back into line?

    On April 3rd Russia and Belarus announced the resolution of their latest energy dispute, signalling a reconciliation between neighbours who had fallen out over a range of issues during the past three years.

  • Managing Ukraine's revolutionary lifecycle

    An early election would return some of the EuroMaidan idealists to high office, and extend the moderate reform period. This is exactly what is needed given Ukraine’s current position in the revolutionary lifecycle. The alternative is terrifying.

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