Eastern Europe

Elections 13-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — Can conservatives bring back central eastern Europe?

The defeat of Andrej Babiš in Czechia and the resignation of Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz were hailed by many as a win for Europe’s progressives. What is missed in these arguments is that there are only conservatives in line to replace the populists.
23-09-2021

Digital connectivity can fix the EU’s faltering Eastern Partnership

Relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours a going backwards. But a combination of renegotiated trade agreements and digital connectivity could reverse the tide, writes Dan Dalton.
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16-09-2021

The stability question: EU’s foreign policy choices

On June 26th, a visit mandated by the EU High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Joseph Borrell, took place in Georgia. Vlad Olteanu is the founder of I3pact EU. Alexander Schallenberg, Minister for European and International Affairs...
06-08-2021

Thirteen years on – 20% of Georgia is still occupied by Russia

It is crucial that the EU beefs-up its presence in South Caucasus more broadly, particularly on security and conflict related issues, write Amanda Paul and Iana Maisuradze in an analysis of the situation in Georgia 13 years after the 2008 war which depleted the country of 20% of its territory.
22-07-2021

The Brief – Too many cooks in the foreign policy kitchen?

In the Georgian Black Sea resort Batumi, taxi drivers, who usually talk about the likes of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, are currently talking about European Council President Charles Michel. In Georgia’s political crisis following the last parliamentary election in October...
08-07-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Three Seas riddle

Sofia hosts a summit of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) on Thursday and Friday (8-9 July) at a very inconvenient time – just before the snap general elections to be held in Bulgaria on Sunday. It’s not great when geopolitics interferes with politics.
24-06-2021

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: A higher EU ambition

The foreign ministers of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine are together in Brussels on Thursday (24 June) for their first joint visit to the EU since the three countries formalised the format of ‘Associated Trio’ last May. This exclusive opinion by David Zalkaliani, Aureliu Ciocoim and Dmytro Kuleba highlights their countries’ higher EU ambition.
Europe's East 31-05-2021

What can Lithuania and Poland do to protect Belarusian political refugees?

As many Belarusians flee their country and seek refuge in neighbouring countries, what can Lithuania and Poland do to protect Belarusians, write Monika Bičkauskaitė and Veranika Laputska.
06-04-2021

The EU should get serious about Georgia’s political crisis

The lack of visionaries in Georgian politics increases the European Union’s responsibility to make sure that the country gets out of its current crisis, write Vakshuti Menabde and Teona Lavrelashvili. By Vakhushti Menabde is director of Program of Support for...
24-03-2021

European Parliament supports the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy

The quest for democracy and freedom is in the hands of the people of Belarus. They should know that they are not alone, writes David McAllister.
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Cities & regions 24-02-2021

Why the future is local for the Eastern Partnership

After having interacted over the past decade, the European Union is now better placed to engage with Eastern Partnership states and to prepare the post-2020 partnership framework.  By the Presidents of the national associations of local governments Kakha Kaladze of...
03-02-2021

Georgia is striving to relaunch the machinery of world diplomacy

Since COVID-19 changed our lives, the larger powers are virtually alone in meeting global challenges, while smaller countries like Georgia are striving to re-launch the machinery of the larger debates, Salome Zourabishvili, the President of Georgia, writes in an exclusive...
28-01-2021

Georgia is ready to apply for membership by 2024 – Is the EU ready too?

The absence of the official “enlargement perspective” doesn’t meant that Georgia should be discouraged lodging a membership application. But in order to succeed, Georgia should be more creative in its foreign policy, write Teona Lavrelashvili and Steven Van Hecke.
02-11-2020

Importance of US elections for Western Balkans

Most Serbian citizens are not informed about the main topics of the US elections, let alone about the way of electing the president of the United States. They view these elections, just like the previous ones, mainly through the prism of resolving the Kosovo issue, writes Srđan Majstorović.
08-10-2020

A Georgian perspective: Peace in the South Caucasus is the only common goal

It is perfectly natural for Georgia, as a neighbouring country, to express her readiness to support a Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and host a dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan, writes Victor Kipiani.
Europe's East 09-09-2020

Russian intervention in Belarus is already a fact

The international community is reluctant to act and prefers to stick to empty condemnations of Vladimir Putin’s toxic acts. But Putin is ready to intervene in Belarus and the West cannot shy away, as it did in Ukraine. Only a 'big stick' policy can turn the tide, argues Hans van Baalen.
04-09-2020

Time is running out for Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko lost the August elections in Belarus, and new polls must be held immediately. Anything else should be treated no differently from a coup d'etat, writes Andrius Kubilius.
20-08-2020

With the US absent, smaller powers lead the way in support for Belarus

With the US and other diplomatic heavyweights absent, Belarus's smaller European neighbours have been leading the diplomatic response to the post-election crisis, writes Anna Wieslander.
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18-08-2020

EU envoy to Chisinau behaves like “Big Brother” in Moldova

The recent scandal caused by the head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova is probably one of the worst diplomatic incidents for a EU representative in recent years.
07-08-2020

12 years after war: Georgia moving forward but still searching for justice

The Russian aggression of August 2008 against Georgia was a blatant attempt to change the borders of Europe by force, launching a series of events spreading over the wider region, writes David Zalkaliani.
25-06-2020

Georgia votes on turning West, not East

Despite the Russian occupation, COVID-19 and the economic recession in the world, Georgia continues to strengthen its democracy – the government is currently preparing for Parliamentary elections scheduled for October 2020, writes Archil Talakvadze.
Politics 22-06-2020

Western democracy is still advancing: Just look at Georgia

For every Hong Kong, with all the difficulties played out in the global media, there is a Georgia where the slow advance and entrenchment of liberal democracy is often barely witnessed beyond the Western Embassies in Tbilisi, argues Andrew Rosindell....
22-06-2020

Electoral reform – the good news we missed from Georgia

Georgia is becoming, once again, a country to be watched by those who value liberty and the expansion of freedom and prosperity, writes Krassen Stanchev.
Europe's East 18-06-2020

It is time for the EU to build security partnerships with its neighbours

As the EU is discussing the way to develop the Eastern Partnership policy for the decade ahead, it is time for the EU to finally become more ambitious about the security dimension of this partnership, three former Eastern Partnership foreign...

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