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What Europe can do for the Western Balkans

Vessela Tcherneva- 13/10/2017

It is high time for the EU to move beyond ‘stabilocracy’ and stand up to ethnic nationalist kleptocrat political leaders.

What is left from Kohl’s era?

Vessela Tcherneva- 23/06/2017

Much has changed, yet paradoxically, perhaps Europe is closer now to its 1990s vision than it has ever been.

Cover: European Reactions to Macron’s Victory

European Reactions to Macron's Victory

This week, rather than putting out our ordinary podcast, we're leaving the floor to Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, head of ECFR Paris, who's hosting a discussion with the heads of most of ECFR's offices from around Europe to look at France and Macron's rise from the outside in.

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Views from the Capitals on the French election

Nouveau podcast de notre série sur l'élection présidentielle de 2017 ayant pour objectif de traiter les thèmes d'actualité et de contribuer au débat dans la perspective des élections françaises.

Cet épisode des Views from the Capitals de l'ECFR examine les attitudes des gouvernements et opinions publiques dans les capitales européennes au sujet de l'élection présidentielle française et de la victoire d'Emmanuel Macron, en particulier concernant les enjeux de politique étrangère.

La discussion a eu lieu entre Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris, Josef Janning, directeur du bureau de Berlin, Vessela Tcherneva, directrice du bureau de Sofia, Silvia Francescon, directrice du bureau de Rome, Piotr Buras, directeur du bureau de Varsovie, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme European Power et représentant l'opinion britannique, et Borja Lasheras, directeur du bureau de Madrid.

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MacMeltdown: Understanding the political crisis in Macedonia

Vessela Tcherneva, Fredrik Wesslau- 05/05/2017

The ongoing crisis in Macedonia could become destabilizing for the region unless the EU takes more decisive action.

Cover: New chaos in the Balkans: what role left for the EU?

New chaos in the Balkans: what role left for the EU?

Mark Leonard talks with the director of ECFR's office in Sofia, Vessela Tcherneva and the director of ECFR's Wider Europe programme, Fredrik Wesslau about the crisis in Macedonia and the bigger picture of political stagnation and chaos in the Balkans, at a time when accession to the EU is losing its credibility in the region.

The podcast was recorded on 5th May 2017.

Bookshelf:
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Dubravka Ugrešić, Baba Yaga Laid an Egg
Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World

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European and foreign policy implications of Bulgaria's election

Vessela Tcherneva- 28/03/2017

Borissov will probably have to make some symbolic shifts on foreign policy, but he is likely to do his best to be constructive within the EU.

Cover: Will Turkey’s constitutional referendum kill its EU aspirations?

Will Turkey's constitutional referendum kill its EU aspirations?

ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Soli Özel, ECFR Council Member and Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and ECFR's Vessela Tcherneva on the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum and Turkey's EU membership prospects.

The podcast was recorded in Brussels on 24 March 2017.

Bookshelf:
Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present
Jan-Werner Müller, What Is Populism?
Lion Feuchtwanger, The Lautensack Brothers
James Burnham, The Managerial Revolution

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How Trump will save Europe

Mark Leonard, Vessela Tcherneva- 07/02/2017

Ironically, the deeply Euroskeptic U.S. president and his ally in the Kremlin may provide the push Europe needs to finally resolve its biggest crises.

Cover: Mark’s World in 30 Minutes: The Rise of Strongmen

Mark's World in 30 Minutes: The Rise of Strongmen

ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses with Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR Sofia office, and Aslı Aydıntaşbaş & Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellows, how US President Trump could subvert the European security order along 3 dimensions: NATO, Russia and Turkey.

The podcast was recorded on 25 January 2017.

Bookshelf:

Philip Roth, The Plot against America
Dan Harris, 10% Happier
Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century

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The challenge for Berlin in 2017

Vessela Tcherneva- 13/12/2016

Berlin will need to manage the fears of its fellow members, especially in regard to three specific issues.