Is there any future for the Eastern Partnership?

18. December 2015 by Michal Gulczynski

Michal GulczynskiThe 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?

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The EU and Ukraine: a tango with fading passion?

Posted on 11. December 2015 by Zuzana Novakova 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 … Continue reading The EU and Ukraine: a tango with fading passion?

Maidan – one year after

Posted on 08. January 2015 by Orest Franchuk (guets contribution) Kyiv, one year after the protests: Some of the Maidan-activists have taken the seats of those, whom they have managed to expulse from Parliament. I was there, in November 2013, when the students first took to the streets. I expected and hoped that when Maidan would … Continue reading Maidan – one year after

#ProudtobeLatvian

Posted on 05. January 2015 by Mihails Kozlovs Proud to be Latvian, proud to be European – that’s the atmosphere that is right now prevailing in the heart of Baltic countries. It seems that Latvia has done very well since it introduced the Euro a year ago. For me and the majority of people I know … Continue reading #ProudtobeLatvian

G20, Y20 and Youth Unemployment

Posted on 16. December 2014

by Noora Löfström

noora-lofstrom2With 2014 almost over, the presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) was passed to Turkey from Australia. The G20 met in mid-November in Brisbane, Australia and the outcome of the meetings and the communique was not as widely covered by the media as the premature departure of the Russian president. All eyes were on Putin; the G8 summit that was meant to be held in Sochi in June was transformed into a G7 meeting in Brussels without Russia, to protest against the Russian annexation of Crimea.