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    Why the Arab Spring set Russia on the road to confrontation with the West

Why the Arab Spring set Russia on the road to confrontation with the West

What are the key factors underpinning the stand-off between Russia and the West over Ukraine? Roland Dannreuther writes that while tensions escalated in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Arab Spring had a significant role in framing the eventual confrontation. He notes that disagreements over the West’s intervention in Libya had a key impact on the […]

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    Escalating a ‘visa war’ with Russia could offer the EU an option to exert pressure over Ukraine

Escalating a ‘visa war’ with Russia could offer the EU an option to exert pressure over Ukraine

The EU has warned Russia that it could face stronger sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Ruben Zaiotti writes on the role that visas could play in EU sanctions. He notes that applications from Russia make up the largest share of all Schengen visas issued and that Russia has one of the lowest visa refusal rates in Schengen states. He […]

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    Petro Poroshenko is likely to win the Ukrainian presidential election and crucially could hold support in all four core geographical regions in the country

Petro Poroshenko is likely to win the Ukrainian presidential election and crucially could hold support in all four core geographical regions in the country

Ukraine is due to hold the first round of voting in its presidential elections on 25 May. Max Bader assesses the main candidates in the election, the likely result based on opinion polling, and what the outcome might mean for the wider Ukraine crisis. He notes that there is very little doubt about who will win the contest, with […]

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    Five minutes with Tanja Miščević: “We want to use the EU accession process to change Serbia”

Five minutes with Tanja Miščević: “We want to use the EU accession process to change Serbia”

Serbia was granted EU candidate status in 2012, with formal negotiations beginning in January 2014. In an interview with LSEE’s Tena Prelec and EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Serbia’s chief negotiator, Tanja Miščević, discusses the timetable for Serbia’s accession, how the issue of Kosovo impacts upon the negotiations, and whether the Ukraine crisis and other foreign policy issues have […]

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    The EU’s failure to attract the most talented temporary migrants from Eastern Partnership states is exacerbated by skill-downgrading among immigrants

The EU’s failure to attract the most talented temporary migrants from Eastern Partnership states is exacerbated by skill-downgrading among immigrants

The EU has an incentive to attract highly skilled migrants from neighbouring countries. Yet as Alexander M. Danzer and Barbara Dietz write, there are a number of barriers which inhibit the ability of the EU to attract talented migrants from Eastern Partnership states. They note that one of the main obstacles is that temporary migrants from Eastern Partnership countries […]

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    Five minutes with Andreas Umland: “Russia could solve the conflict quickly by simply withdrawing its support from the separatists”

Five minutes with Andreas Umland: “Russia could solve the conflict quickly by simply withdrawing its support from the separatists”

The situation in Eastern and Southern Ukraine remains extremely complex, following two referendums being held in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk on the issue of establishing ‘self-rule’ from Ukraine. In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Andreas Umland discusses the differences between the situation in eastern/southern Ukraine and what took place in Crimea, the military dimension to […]

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