Belarus: stability instead of democracy

By Tatsiana Hurynovich | 2 August 2011

According to the Constitution, Belarus is a democratic state. The reality is however somewhat different. The opposition’s representatives define the current Belarusian regime as authoritarian and the national government also admits that Belarusian 'democracy' is significantly different from the western concept. What are the causes of these differences?

What do “roll-call” votes tell us about the 7th European Parliament?

By Valentin Kreilinger | 20 July 2011

On 13 July 2011 launched its new report on voting behaviour of MEPs, their political groups, and the national delegations within those groups. At a panel discussion in Brussels, MEPs from different political groups debated the report that was presented by Professor Simon Hix. This article looks at the findings of the report and tries to analyse them with an emphasis on certain national delegations.

Europe’s Energy Dependency: A Political Minefield

By Ivana Letic | 18 July 2011

Does our energy dependency make slaves out of us? Are we at the mercy of the energy producing countries? The question of Europe’s energy dependency led to an array of interviews with academics, journalists and those in the private sector in an attempt to discover the nature of this ‘dependency’ relationship.

Ivo Slosarcik: Why the Czech presidency of the EU could have done better

By Alexandra Yaghil | 14 June 2011

Ivo Slosarcik is a professor of European and International law at the Charles University of Prague (Jean Monnet Center of Excellence). He also participated in founding the Institute for European policy EUROPEUM. During the Czech Presidency of the European Union, he was a member of the advisory committee of the Czech Vice-Prime minister, Alexander Vondra. In this interview, M. Slosarcik draws up his assessment of the Czech Presidency and his view on the future of the rotating Presidency.

Russia-UK relations: prospect for improvement?

By Tita Aver | 25 May 2011

Relations between the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom have traditionally been tense. At the root of this long-enduring antagonism, we can find deeply entrenched Cold War legacies and an accumulation of irritating events further tensing relations between the Kremlin and Downing Street. In this article, we will first present the evolution of relations between Russia and the UK since Blair to then understand the stance of contemporary interactions, that is since David Cameron became Prime Minister.

Montenegro since independence: achievements and challenges

By Marion Soury | 10 May 2011

On May 21st 2006, Montenegro chose by referendum to become an independent state, splitting up the state union with Serbia, forged in 2001 in the wake of the break-up of Yugoslavia. However, the « yes » campaign won by only a narrow majority (55.5%), and political antagonisms reflected a genuine divide within society. Yet, almost 5 years later, the country seems to have done better than expected.

Military intervention in Libya: where is ESDP?

By Claudia Louati | 20 April 2011

On March 27th, under UN Resolution 1973, NATO became responsible for the whole military intervention in Libya. Despite Europeans' attempts to set up a Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), the Atlantic Alliance appears once again as the most credible military actor in Europe and in its neighbourhood. What does this mean for the relationship between NATO and ESDP and the issue of burden-sharing?

Professor Alyson Bailes: Reasons and Obstacles for Iceland to join the EU

By Lucie Drechselova | 14 April 2011

Alyson Bailes is Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, teaching on general security topics and on Nordic and European security, and also carries out personal projects in the field of security analysis.  From July 2002-August 2007 she was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the first woman ever to hold that post.

A generation of ‘New Europeans’ - united in diversity yet?

By Victoria Volossov | 12 April 2011

Are you under 30, have a university degree and live in a big European city? In that case, chances are you might be a ‘New European’. In April 2011 Eurobarometer published a special survey entitled ‘New Europeans’, examining indicators of European cohesion.

Turkey: AKP’s Hidden Agenda or a Different Vision of Secularism?

By Lucie Drechselova | 7 April 2011

Does the governing Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) have a Hidden Agenda? Is it currently involved in a phase of "dissimulation waiting for the right moment" to introduce the Sharia law in Turkey? There are some people, especially from the Kemalist establishment, that claim it is the case. Without the ambition to arbitrate the debate, this short overview provides several explanatory elements to the use of the Hidden Agenda thread in Turkey.