Articles

Estonia’s cold conservative spring (Commentary)

Kristi Raik - 21 March 2019

As the political climate in Estonia grows increasingly polarised, the radical right-wing EKRE party may enter a governing coalition for the first time. 

Why Viktor Orbán and his allies won’t win the EU elections (Commentary)

Ivan Krastev - 20 March 2019

Right wing populists think voters obsess about immigration. But that’s not the case.

Italy's Chinese dilemma (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 20 March 2019

Ahead of Xi Jinping's visit to Italy, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has joined the long series of issues that divide Italy's ruling parties 

Will Poland be an enfant terrible of the post-Brexit EU? (Commentary)

Adam Balcer - 18 March 2019

A Polish-Italian alliance may counteract the Franco-German driving force for European integration.

Hungary and the EU: When streetfighters enter coffee-houses (Commentary)

Tibor Dessewffy - 18 March 2019

Viktor Orbán may reject the EU’s way of doing things. But the political maelstrom he has helped unleash could equally see him floored

A foot in the door? Russia’s International Investment Bank moves to Hungary (Commentary)

András Rácz - 18 March 2019

Budapest's decision to host a revived Soviet-era bank could provide its Russian employees with sweeping diplomatic immunities and hinder action in the event of a security threat. 

Inertia on the Red Sea coast: Will Yemen’s political process collapse? (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 15 March 2019

Three months after the signing of the Stockholm Agreement, a frail hope of de-escalation in Yemen remains - but only if the warring parties soon implement its key measures. 

Familiarity breeds contempt: Why Russia makes mistakes on the world stage (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 14 March 2019

For all the accepted wisdom to the contrary, Russia is largely failing to achieve its core foreign policy objectives

When Iran goes to Iraq: The significance of Rouhani’s trip (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood & Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 March 2019

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official trip to Iraq signals the beginning of a new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations, one that rising tensions between Tehran and Washington could complicate. 

The price of disengagement: Syria and the Brussels III conference (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 March 2019

At the Brussels III fundraising conference, the question of how to help civilians without legitimizing the ascendant Assad regime looms large.