The election weekend in Slovakia is over. Why should we care?

10. March 2016 by Zuzana Novakova

novakova_zuzannaLast weekend’s elections in Slovakia would perhaps not have meant so much, had they not happened amid the rising illiberal wave in Central Europe, or more particularly, in the troubled Visegrad region. In the context of a backlash against liberal democracy and (perhaps) threatening to undo the progress achieved by years of European integration.

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All eyes on Ukraine? Slovakia’s troubled neighbour in light of regional elections

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Tough mandate ahead for Ms Mogherini in the echoes of the “Arab spring”

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An asymmetric challenge – what role for Europe in the Middle East?

Posted on 01. December 2014 by Zuzana Novakova Reflections on the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum With the “traditional” challenges of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry being further exacerbated by the Arab spring and the expansion of ISIS, the disarray in the Middle East can no longer be ignored. What role could and … Continue reading An asymmetric challenge – what role for Europe in the Middle East?