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Section: Emerging Europe (UK)

    When Neutrality Isn’t an Option
    Aug19

    When Neutrality Isn’t an Option

    The new US sanctions against Russia overwhelmingly passed Congress. But in parts of Europe, they are far less popular. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel last week called them “more than problematic.” In diplomatese, that means the Germans oppose them. The Association of European Businesses, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of European...

    Valga and Valka – Where Estonia and Latvia Work Together
    Aug18

    Valga and Valka – Where Estonia and Latvia Work Together

    Two twin towns, Valga and Valka, on the border of Estonia and Latvia, have launched a project to ease integration into other countries’ job markets and to help with language barriers, qualification confirmation and documentation. As underlined by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund member of the board, Piile Liimal, this new project...

    Ukraine’s Q2 Growth Climbs
    Aug18

    Ukraine’s Q2 Growth Climbs

    In Q2 2017, Ukraine’s GDP growth rate reached +0.6 per cent, compared to -0.3 per cent in Q1. According to Vasily Astrov, a senior economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), there are several reasons for this growth. “The very high statistical base in Q4 2016 (because of a record harvest), and the negative...

    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Moves from Frozen to Kinetic
    Aug16

    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Moves from Frozen to Kinetic

    The war in Ukraine stands as a pressing test of Western commitment and resolve towards European security. But another security threat is emerging, with a real risk of rapid escalation. This new threat, emanating from the Nagorno-Karabakh region, pits Armenia and the Armenian-populated Karabakh against Azerbaijan. Long regarded as one of several...

    How strong is V4?
    Aug11

    How strong is V4?

    According to Viktor Orbán the V4 is “as strong as never”. Orbán considers the strengthening of this group as the most important event in recent times. Is this really so? Is V4 really strong? Does it even exist at all? Orbán claims the V4 that unites “romantic Hungarians, enthusiastic Poles, rational Czechs and moderate Slovaks” not only exists,...

    Can Armenia Keep a Foot in Both Camps?
    Jul31

    Can Armenia Keep a Foot in Both Camps?

    Geography and history are political tyrants and nowhere more so than for in Armenia. For all the emphasis, nowadays, on the potential of regional trade, Armenia is boxed into a situation that offers little or no openings. History, distant and none too distant, rules our alliances with Turkey or Azerbaijan and Russia’s brutal show of force...

    Good Match But Unlikely Marriage
    Jul08

    Good Match But Unlikely Marriage

    Moldova and Romania have long toyed with the idea of (re)unification. The two countries, which were a single entity until Russia annexed present-day Moldova in 1812 (and then again in 1940), have much in common in the way of language, culture, and history. Both countries are predominantly Romanian speaking, have populations that are...

    What Was First on the Romanian Table?
    Jul02

    What Was First on the Romanian Table?

    For me, food is not just a basic human need but also a cultural act, and the way it is prepared expresses the identity of the people who eat it. Romania has been long been at the intersection of many customs and traditions and its food has been influenced by other nations. In the Daco-Roman period, the Romans brought the pie, or plăcintă. The...

    Robust First-Quarter Growth in Romania
    Jun29

    Robust First-Quarter Growth in Romania

    The Socialist-led government, in office since the beginning of the year, has started implementing its popular election programme by further cutting the VAT rate and increasing minimum wages, as well as public sector salaries. This has given a boost to consumption which accelerated real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2017, to an unexpectedly...

    EU Visa-Liberalisation Strengthens Georgia’s Pro-Western Path
    Jun29

    EU Visa-Liberalisation Strengthens Georgia’s Pro-Western Path

    On 2 February 2017, the inhabitants of Georgian capital, Tbilisi, saw the city’s two landmarks — the Bridge of Peace and the TV tower lit up in the colours of the EU flag, marking the day when the European Parliament adopted a visa-free regime for Georgia. Starting from 28 March 2017, when the newly adopted regulation came into force,...

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