Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mar 26 2015

South East Europe has the ingredients to become the energy generation and storage powerhouse of Europe

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South East European countries are now faced with the prospect of rethinking their energy strategy. Options ahead are many but cooperation is essential, argues Julian Popov. “All ingredients for turning the South East Europe into a clean energy generation and … Continue reading

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Mar 24 2015

Russia’s economic troubles threaten support for breakaway republic of Transnistria

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Russia’s financial support for Transnistria, designed to to buy Moscow political leverage to shape the breakaway state’s foreign policy direction, is at risk of drying up. In spite of a pervasive pro-Russia narrative among locals, the government in Tiraspol is … Continue reading

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Mar 21 2015

Russian foreign policy: what are we missing?

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Russia’s actions in Ukraine should better be ascribed to a quest for domestic legitimacy than an over-arching plan of antagonising the West. But if cornered, Putin could represent a threat to the Baltics, the Balkans and further. LSEE’s Tena Prelec speaks … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2015

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

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The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe – are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region. Dimitar Bechev summarises the Russia in the Balkans conference organised by … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2015

Croatia’s economy under Milanović: recession and policy response

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Milanović’s government in Croatia has entered its final year. Its decision to continue with the previous government’s policy of fiscal consolidation has overshadowed the initial aim to boost investment – to dismal consequences, argues LSEE’s Will Bartlett. The only hope … Continue reading

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Mar 17 2015

 Serbia – Croatia relations: No way forward in sight

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A rapprochement between Serbia and Croatia might well represent a stimulus for growth and normalisation across the Balkans, in a similar fashion to the French-German leadership in driving European integration back in the 1950s. How far are we from a comprehensive settlement? Milan Dinic sets … Continue reading

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Mar 12 2015

Russia in the Balkans conference – Live streaming

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The conference ‘Russia in the Balkans’ has now concluded. The video recording can be found on the event’s webpage. LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe and SEESOX (South East European Studies at Oxford), supported by NATO’s public diplomacy division, hosted the one-day conference … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2015

The Romanians are coming: open borders but no exit

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Channel 4’s controversial documentary series The Romanians Are Coming, depicting migrant life in the UK, has prompted criticism from Bucharest, whose officials accused the show of reinforcing negative stereotypes. Diana Popescu argues that the series has an important story to tell, by exposing ‘some of … Continue reading

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Mar 10 2015

Bekim Collaku: Greece and Romania might soon recognise Kosovo

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Kosovo’s Minister of European Integration Bekim Collaku talks to LSEE’s Tena Prelec about the country’s recognition status, challenges and successes in EU integration, and economic vows. What about Serbia? “The Serbian leadership should be more European in their attitude toward Kosovo”, he … Continue reading

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