Russia fights back
Analysis

Russia fights back

In this brief history of post-Soviet integration attempts,  Giovanni Cadioli takes the Russian point of view, which has indeed been the main force behind the majority of attempts to reconnect the former Soviet Republics. He argues that after a number of disappointments, Russia finally seems to have found a way of integrating its own neighbourhood. … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 24 November 2013 Large protests in Kyiv over failure of EU-integration path. Unverified reports put numbers at 100,000. pic.twitter.com/UmYJl2AyMW — Vostok Cable (@VostokCable) November 24, 2013 Ukrainians protested in large numbers at the decision of the country’s government to suspend negotiations with the European Union over the signature of an Association Agreement. … Continue reading

An approach with more than one meaning
Analysis

An approach with more than one meaning

Josh Black highlights a difference of interpretation between Western and Central European interpretations of the Eastern Partnership. The otherwise well-informed Standard Chartered economist Tim Ash contributed an interesting guest article to the Financial Times a few weeks ago, explaining for readers who are only casually acquainted with the negotiations between the European Union and Ukraine … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 17 November 2013 Efforts by the EU to negotiate a settlement to the row over Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment continued, as politicians emphasised the importance of Ukraine signing an Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in a week’s time. Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, said that Ukraine’s hopes of greater integration with Europe … Continue reading

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests
Analysis

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests

Great Power politics has isolated ordinary citizens in Albania. Mass protests pushing the government to refuse Syrian chemical weapons have so far gained little attention. Sashenka Lleshaj comments on this new phenomenon. After Bashar al-Assad decided to ratify the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention and subsequent Security Council resolution 2118, which set 30 July 2014 … Continue reading