As parliament meets, Europe fears Ukraine’s far-right
Analysis

As parliament meets, Europe fears Ukraine’s far-right

The European Union has grown increasingly concerned about the influence of nationalist groups in Ukraine. Josh Black argues that this makes a parliamentary settlement even more urgent. This morning marks a critical stage in the development of Ukraine’s protest movement. Last week’s pitched battles in the streets of Kyiv have fortunately given way, only for … Continue reading

Love him or leave him
Analysis

Love him or leave him

Giovanni Cadioli argues that the contradictory fate of Lenin’s monuments in Ukraine is yet another sign of the profound divisions within the protest-riven country. Soviet monuments have long been object of dispute. The relocation of a Red Army monument from central Tallinn to a military cemetery in 2007 triggered riots and caused a serious diplomatic row … Continue reading

Russia’s modern Slavophile-Westerniser debate
Analysis

Russia’s modern Slavophile-Westerniser debate

Russia’s search for an identity has been its dominant issue since the early eighteenth century. Vladimir Sarkisyants argues that the Kremlin-promoted idea of the unique ‘Orthodox civilisation’ could be viewed as an answer to two dilemmas. Domestically, it settles the lingering quest for identity; internationally, it is foundation for a more coherent Russian stance vis-à-vis … Continue reading