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In Moldova, an election that solves nothing

The results of a general election on 30 November show Moldovans are split on whether to pursue closer ties with the European Union or maintain existing relations with the Russian Federation, complicating the crafting of a sustainable national identity across ideological lines. Amelie Meyer-Robinson assesses what the upcoming coalition negotiations hold in store for Moldova. … Continue reading

A shock in Bulgaria
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A shock in Bulgaria

Andrea Peycheva analyses the results of European elections in Bulgaria. With the official results of the European elections in Bulgaria announced, there were hardly any big surprises. The three most popular parties – GERB, BSP and DPS – won six, four and four mandates respectively. The Reformation Block won one, which could be considered a … Continue reading

Perceptions and misperceptions in the South Western Balkans
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Perceptions and misperceptions in the South Western Balkans

From the official rhetoric of the Albanian-Greek relations, it would be easy to miss some important dimensions of both sides’ real perceptions about each other. Sashenka Lleshaj, who co-authored a recent report (PDF) on the subject, looks between the lines. Although it is not news that mutual stereotypes are a modus operandi in Balkan citizens’ … Continue reading

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