Tag Archives: Russia

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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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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Jan 28 2015

Serbia holds a position few others in Europe can match – but is yet to find how to use it

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‘Serbia certainly holds a position that few other states in Europe can match: it is a country that is seeking EU membership, and yet also has long standing close ties to Russia. However, it needs to be clear about how … Continue reading

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Dec 17 2014

The Moldovan Elections of 2014 are more than about Putin or the EU: Corruption, Poverty and Parties

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The most shocking result of the Moldovan elections has been the rise of the Socialist Party, closely associated with Russia. “It would be incorrect to see them as Russian stooges, opportunists, or as old faces under a new banner. Instead, their … Continue reading

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Dec 4 2014

Putin and Erdogan: Partnership of convenience?

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Though Putin’s visit will be remembered for the South Stream announcement, what is most remarkable about it is the continued development of Russian-Turkish relations amid mounting tensions between Putin and the West, writes LSEE’s Dimitar Bechev in a post that … Continue reading

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Oct 29 2014

Interview with Aleksandar Vucic: ‘We’re not asking for mercy, but reforming Serbia’

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We caught up with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic after his talk at the London School of Economics, held on 27 October 2014. Interview by Tena Prelec. Click here for the Serbian version.  

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Aug 8 2014

South Stream epitomises Russia’s divisive energy politics in Europe

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The South Stream gas pipeline is counter-effective when it comes to diversification of gas sources and, on top of that, it is absurdly expensive. But the economics do not matter here: Russia will pursue the project purely out of political reasons, … Continue reading

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Jul 31 2014

Russia sanctions: Balkan countries react

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Montenegro and Serbia’s strong economic ties with Russia are today sitting at odds with their respective bids to join Western institutions – as the war in Ukraine has left these countries with no other option than to take sides. How are … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2014

Power politics on the outskirts of the EU: why Transnistria matters

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In September this year, Transnistria, the separatist region located in the Eastern part of Moldova, is set to celebrate the 24th anniversary of its de-facto independence. And yet there is little scope for celebrations – as only the contested states … Continue reading

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May 19 2014

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

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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, the Chief Negotiator for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to … Continue reading

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