12. January 2016
by Ivan Kendzor
During the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation in March 2014, little attention was paid to the destiny of the 240,000 Tatars who inhabit the peninsula. The case of the Crimean Tatars is interesting, primarily because they are one of the few groups residing in Crimea who were in direct opposition to Putin’s regime and against the occupation. To better understand the origin and current state of conflicts between the Russian Federation and Tatars, it is necessary to take a short look back into history.
18. December 2016
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is in trouble. Out of the six member countries, five have contested borders, while the sixth is run by dictator. The EaP is no longer on the short list of priorities of the European Union and in this time of multiple crises – Greece, refugees, terrorist attacks, the coming referendum on Brexit or consistently growing nationalism, confirmed in the recent elections in Poland and France – it has almost completely disappeared from European media. Moreover, the initiators and most ardent supporters, Carl Bildt and Radek Sikorski, are now absent from European politics. In this situation, is there any future for EaP?
15. December 2015
The constitutional monarchy, which was built after Franco’s death in 1975, was consolidated thanks to the alternation in governments led by the social democratic Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) or the conservative Partido Popular (PP). However, the sudden rise of two non-parliamentary parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos, is threatening this incontestable dominance of the two major Spanish parties. The breakdown of this political status-quo will be one of the main consequences of the never-ending 2007 crisis; and the next parliamentary elections on 20 December will mark the beginning of a new era in Spanish democracy. A Second Transition?
11. December 2015
This time two years ago, protesters occupied Kiev’s centre in dramatic style. 21 months ago Russia’s parliament approved the use of force in Ukraine to protect Russian interests, followed by the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of a hybrid war in Eastern Ukraine. Now, 8000 dead and 1.5 million displaced victims later, the situation in Ukraine is no longer in the spotlight. Slowly but surely it has faded away from the front pages; no longer did it get much attention at this year’s edition of Berlin Foreign Policy Forum. In a world of competing issues, everyone’s attention span is limited.
08. December 2015
Three weeks after Paris attacks, Europe is still in shock. 130 civilians are dead, sending a very clear message not only to French citizens, but to every European: ‘you are not safe at home’. For 70 years, no war has broken out in the EU’s territory and Europeans naturally want to keep this secure and peaceful environment. With this aim, almost all European governments have reinforced security measures, but is this really the way to guarantee security?