In a recent speech Ursula von der Leyen named Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia as countries without whom the EU is not complete. She, on the other hand, only referred to the Western Balkans as a bloc, despite the fact that the accession of Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia should be a priority considering the EU’s security interests.
The prolongation of the war in Ukraine and the challenges to Russia’s military strength may lead to more armed conflicts all over the post-Soviet sphere, as countries in the region try to capitalise on Russia’s weakness.
The Soviet leader became a historical figure by fulfilling most everything that originally was not on his political agenda. And for which he is still admired in much of the world, but not in his own country.
Although Putin was the first world leader Xi Jinping met with outside China since the outbreak of the pandemic, Beijing is probably more interested in a West divided over Ukraine than in Russia itself.
It has become fashionable to portray Member States’ right of veto as a prehistorical tool, which prevents the EU from functioning efficiently. In reality, unanimous decision-making is a key condition for joint EU action in the most sensitive areas, which should be valued rather than defeated.
Russia is turning to Iran and North Korea due to Western sanctions preventing its access to cutting-edge technology. Rapprochement between these countries, however, does certainly not serve the interest of the West.
When we think of the scale of suffering the war in Ukraine has been causing worldwide, it is hard to believe that Kyiv all but finalised a peace agreement with Moscow as early as April, less than two months into the war, only to be pressured by the West to drop it. Recent revelations strongly suggest that this might be the case.
Although Israel is stronger than ever, the permanent existential threat the Jewish State has had to endure is still present. The stakes are particularly high, both for Israel and its allies in the wider world. Benjamin Netanyahu offers known solutions to current challenges, answers that proved to be right in the past thirteen years. This November might well be the month of the return of Israel’s longest serving prime minister.
The UK economy is under great pressure from the sanctions imposed on Russia. Energy prices have soared, and inflation is sky high. putting a strain on the population’s wellbeing. Meanwhile. the government keeps funding Ukraine.
The naive idealism of Fukuyama is the past, while Huntington’s clash of civilisations has not materialised yet. Instead, we are heading towards a multipolar world of isolation, instability and warfare, which requires some Kissingerian realpolitik to understand. A report from Tranzit 2022.
As the current financial, energy and food crises are destabilizing governments around the Middle East, will terrorist organizations grow bolder and more ‘apocalyptic’ in their approach, posing new terror threats to Europe?
The current article describes the conflicts that exist between the Hungarian conservative government defending national interests and policies used by the OSF to interfere in Hungary’s domestic affairs. The aims of the OSF will be interpreted in the context of history, culture, and geopolitics.
The politicization of medical science in the context of the COVID crisis is another building block in the construction of a socialist system that will enable even more effective surveillance and repression due to digitalization, in the form of a ‘cybernetic socialism’.
Kosovo’s decision to mandate the use of Kosovo-issued IDs and license plates sparked border tensions with Serbia earlier this month. Despite recent EU-mediated talks in Brussels, the two countries have not yet settled their dispute.
The main tenets of Erhard’s programme still apply today. Lax fiscal policy and monetary stimulus do not result in long-term, sustainable economic growth. Prosperity is ultimately a result of increasing productivity. Low taxes, low inflation, monetary rigour and the uninterrupted operation of the free market are essential in order to achieve success.
Budapest’s mayor unknowingly participated in a conversation with two Russian comedians, who were pretending to be the mayor of Kyiv. The incident raises some worrying concerns about how much we can trust our eyes in the age of deep fakes.
Although Sergio Massa, Argentina’s newly appointed economy minister, has made it clear that he is ‘no magician’, the public will have extraordinary expectations of him in the face of a major economic crisis.