Georgia and the ICC: firm beginning, uncertain outcome
Development / Politics

Georgia and the ICC: firm beginning, uncertain outcome

  On January 27th, the International Criminal Court commissioned an inquiry, concerning the crimes committed during the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia, during the summer of 2008. Despite being criticized for exclusively targeting the African continent during its first years, the Court has not ceased to conduct fair and transparent trials, in the interest … Continue reading

Is Klaus Iohannis a “dilettante”?
Politics / Reports

Is Klaus Iohannis a “dilettante”?

            Earlier this month, the German newspaper Der Spiegel published an article describing Romanian President Klaus Iohannis as a “dilettante”.[1] The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “dilettante” as “a person whose interest in an art or an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious”.[2] Synonyms include “amateur”, “dabbler” and “aficionado”.[3] The point the German newspaper … Continue reading

PO-PIS: The Polish Show
Politics

PO-PIS: The Polish Show

 Piotr Popeda explains reforms introduced by Poland’s new government and questions whether Western criticism is warranted Downtown Warsaw  On the 25th of October 2015, Poland held parliamentary elections. After 8 years of uninterrupted government of the Civic Platform (PO) and the Polish People’s Party (PSL), the conservative party, Law and Justice (PIS) with its frontman, Jarosław Kaczyński and … Continue reading

One Country, Two Cultural Fields
Culture / Development

One Country, Two Cultural Fields

Belarusian Art in the years 1921-1939 As a sovereign state, Belarus is a relatively new formation. It has existed since 1991, when the former Belarusian SSR was proclaimed an independent republic and adopted a new constitution. Throughout history, the territory of contemporary Belarus used to exist in a form of numerous separate princedoms (Kievan Rus, … Continue reading

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?
Development / Politics

Russia’s strategic culture or What are the odds of anything happening?

 Russia’s strategic culture  Or: What are the odds of anything happening? Eastern Europe has been the center of attention on security for 15 months. Since events in Ukraine started unfolding rapidly and tensions began rising between Russia and NATO, not to mention diplomatic ties being shaken with the European Union, more publications started speculating on … Continue reading

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task
Development / Economics

“The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task

Piotr Popęda analyses the subtle conflict in the energy sphere between Poland and the Baltic countries versus Russia and Germany. He raises questions about the controversial judgment passed in Hamburg and how the German lawsuit affects European geopolitics and solidarity. “The Nord Stream knot” or CEE’s Sisyphean task In 2006, the Russian company Gazprom and German companies … Continue reading

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums
Development / Economics / Politics

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s economic doldrums

Romania’s Marshall Plan for Moldova’s doldrums: quixotic crusade or methodic initiative? Dadiana Chiran contends that Romanian assistance might be the key to Moldova’s economic issues. The latter, a country which lost one billion dollars from its national budget, is in need of solidarity and support from its EU neighbour  December 1st marks the glorious unification … Continue reading