Monthly Archives: June 2015

Jun 24 2015

Trouble at the Top: Corruption, anti-corruption, and the battle for political survival

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The latest corruption scandal in Romania has brought charges against Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Despite calls from President Klaus Iohannis for Ponta to resign, Ponta is so far refusing to go, claiming that the case will be “meticulously dismantled … … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2015

Postcard from Visegrad: five lessons for South East Europe

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South East Europe could take inspiration from its Central European neighbours and focus on regional cooperation to boost its talks about Euro-Atlantic integration, Jarosław Wiśniewski suggests. 26 years after the region ‘returned to Europe’ following the first partially free elections in Poland, … Continue reading

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Jun 12 2015

Croatian war veterans: Coup de théâtre or coup d’état?

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Since October 2014, Croatian war veterans have been camping in front of the Ministry dedicated to them. They are protesting against the government in power and requesting more rights for themselves – though, relatively speaking, they have been treated as … Continue reading

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Jun 9 2015

The Four Plagues of Macedonia

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What stands at the roots of the current Macedonian crisis? Thibault Boutherin takes a bird’s eye view and locates the four main problems of the country – four ‘plagues’, he calls them – in the lack of rule of law, in the ever-increasing … Continue reading

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Jun 3 2015

The EU needs to step up its involvement in the political crisis in Macedonia

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European neglect of political crises in the Western Balkans has long been lamented: many are convinced that the EU can – and should – still make a difference. The latest statements by Commissioner Hahn are arguably a step in this direction. Will it be enough? … Continue reading

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