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21 April 2016

Resolving referendum roadblocks

The recent referendum in the Netherlands on the European Union’s Association Agreement with Ukraine raises important questions about the EU’s ability to reconcile ostensibly popular national opinion with the principles of a multi-nation political union.

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18 November 2015

Will the IMF bend for Ukraine?

The IMF will soon consider an important change to its policy on lending that may help continue its bailout programme to Ukraine, even if Ukraine defaults on a loan from Russia that matures in December 2015. If it does make the change, the IMF could be staking its credibility to favour the West’s political agenda

ATHENS , GREECE - MAY 1:  Greek riot police clash with protesters during May Day protests on May 1, 2010 in Athens, Greece. Thousands of protesters gathered in Athens and other Greek cities to participate in May Day rallies, angered by the harsh austerity measures demanded by the EU.  Reports suggest that the 45 billion euros ($60 billion) already pledged by the International Monetary Fund and European Union will be insufficient to tackle Greece's mounting debt crisis.  (Photo by Milos Bicanski /Getty Images) Courtesy: Milos Bicanski (Getty Images)
25 June 2015

Can Europe overcome its crisis?

With the Eurozone portion of Greece’s $276 billion bailout credit expiring on June 30, Europe is in the midst of a standoff over this unsustainable debt. But it is only the latest in a number of Eurozone crises since 2008, and if the prospects for economic growth remain dim, how will the EU address its interlocking problems?

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12 February 2015

‘Ukraine crisis has one winner: China’

With the crisis in Ukraine worsening, Europe seems to have realised that the solution is not military, though the U.S may push to send in arms. Although no country wants a war with Russia, the conflict over Ukraine between the West and Russia could escalate. What are the future scenarios for the region and with what global implications?

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22 July 2014

The dangers of tightrope walking

Eastern Europe has seen tensions rise, increasing violence and a hardening of stands. Only the softening of the stark “either/or” choice currently being demanded by western powers as well as Russia will put an end to the precarious tightrope walking of east European governments and prevent their citizens from becoming victims of increased regional instability

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16 June 2014

A divided Ukraine dividing Europe

As the dispute over Ukraine unravels, geopolitical currents surge in the shadow of historic Cold War narratives. Nonetheless, several EU member states have placed their individual, economic imperatives above the larger agenda of the Union, showing that the core of crisis is economic, rather than political

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13 June 2014

Bratislava reflections

GLOBSEC, the Bratislava Global Security forum is central and eastern Europe’s premier security forum. While this year’s edition focused on the crisis in Ukraine, a lack of balanced – or even representative – discourse painted a very bleak picture of Russia and its president