Hopes for the future dashed: Balkans security after the French veto (Commentary)
Beáta Huszka - 14 November 2019
The European Council’s failure to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania could mark a turning point for peace in the Western Balkans.
Managed chaos: Russia’s deal with Turkey on northern Syria (Commentary)
Gustav Gressel - 03 November 2019
Russia is now in charge of a multi-front war. It will need to manage relations between multiple local actors very carefully.
Leverage, for now: Turkey’s deal with Russia on northern Syria (Commentary)
Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 30 October 2019
Erdogan's government views the deal as a testament to its ability to act independently of Washington even in areas where there is a US military presence.
After the French veto: The new scramble for the Western Balkans (Commentary)
Without a credible path to EU membership, the Western Balkans could easily succumb to the lure of regional nationalism – and to generous Russian, Turkish, and Chinese offers in the EU’s own back yard.
Flatter and faster: New Western Balkans pathways to the EU (Commentary)
Milica Delevic, Tena Prelec - 24 October 2019
The French veto on North Macedonia EU membership shows that Brussels urgently needs a new approach to EU enlargement
North Macedonia and Albania wanted to start negotiations with the EU after having been candidate countries since 2005 and 2014. But the enlargement plans seemed to have stalled especially after opposition from France.
Host Mark Leonard is joined by Susi Dennison, José Ignacio Torreblanca and Vessela Tcherneva to get to the bottom of things and the divisions particularly between France and Germany on this issue.
The podcast as recorded on 17 October 2019.
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The authoritarian entente: Sino-Russian security cooperation (Commentary)
Gustav Gressel - 17 October 2019
Sino-Russian arrangements for deepening cooperation on surveillance technology codify a process that has been going on for years.
Borrell will face centrifugal forces in the Balkans (Commentary)
Vessela Tcherneva - 10 October 2019
The future high representative recognises the scale of the geopolitical challenge in the Balkans. But it won’t be up to him alone to meet this challenge.
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