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Bulgarian elections 2021: shattered status quo and the need to revive the left

By Teodor Slavev / 9 April, 2021

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, Bulgarians have firmly proved they want a political change by electing six parties to the National Assembly. Corruption, fear and protests influenced the election results on 4 April and cast a shadow over the prospects of a stable government. In the summer of […]

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Electoral hold-up in Romania

By Victor Negrescu / 15 December, 2020

Romania’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) won the recent Romanian legislative elections, with around 30 percent of the votes and more than 34 percent of the seats in Parliament. Despite these results and the huge negative impact of the pandemic on Romania, we now have a political blockage. The conservative President, […]

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Turkish president Erdogan on collision course

By Kati Piri / 10 November, 2020

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be on a collision course with many of his country’s partners, including the European Union and, in particular, Greece, Cyprus and France. He has been pursuing the role of an independent but powerful actor in the Middle East and beyond, but foreign policy […]

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Saving nuclear disarmament in the time of Trump

By Adriano Iaria / 30 July, 2019

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the INF Treaty dismantles the international system of nuclear disarmament, but a strong EU voice can still save it.

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The European foreign policy in a hostile environment

By Rosa Balfour / 9 July, 2019

The debate on Europe’s ‘strategic autonomy’ gains traction – working with global networks to promote norms and public goods is key.

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Brexit and Trump – involuntary boosts for a common EU defence?

By Ronja Kempin / 9 July, 2019

In a difficult international context, the idea of EU strategic autonomy resurfaces – but what does it mean for security and defence?

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PESCO unlikely to deliver much in the short term

By Sophia Besch / 9 February, 2018

PESCO is a political framework that aims to help EU countries develop military capabilities together and improve their ability to deploy them.

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A year after: Trump and transatlantic relations in a time of risk

By Ian O. Lesser / 21 November, 2017

US global engagement hold risks of their own for transatlantic relations.

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