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Poland: Heading Towards ‘Polexit’?

Conflicts between the Polish government and the EU have raised concerns over their future relationship. Poland, once a shining example of post-communist recovery, has damaged its international reputation through controversial reforms and political battles with the EU, most recently attempting to block the EU budget. But are we heading towards ‘Polexit’?

Europe Politics

Reality of Post-Communist Transitions Risks Entrenching EU-Central Europe Divide

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, argue that new powers handed to the European Commission, allowing the EU to withhold payments of the €750bn Covid recovery package from member states that fail to meet EU standards on the rule of law, are a politically motivated attempt to target their countries. 

Europe Politics

The dragon over Visegrad: China in central Europe

China’s modern successor to the Silk Road – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has received heavy criticism from the West as a tool that could be used to divide Europe through economic influence. Just how well-established is China’s influence in Central Europe – and does Chinese investment represent a threat?

Europe

Poland faces isolation over Holocaust bill

Poland, along with its neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe, has recently received severe criticism from Brussels on its democratic backsliding and efforts to curb an independent judiciary, free press and other constitutional safeguards such as the rule of law.

Europe Politics Security

Europe’s main challenge in 2018 will come from within

European leaders enter the new year with a number of serious challenges on their agenda: from Russia, from the US, but mainly – from the erosion of democratic values in Europe itself.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

China hosts BRICS. South Africa considers early election. Kenya markets react to nullified election. Baltic PMs meet in Poland. All in The Week Ahead.

Economics Europe

The Moldovan election: A quiet country at an important crossroads

Europe is full of loud stories, and yet beneath the noise there are first time democratic elections shifting the tide of East-West relations, like Moldova.

Europe Security

Poland’s defense could help sustain its European relationship

The chilling of NATO-Russian relations in the Baltics, Poland and Eurasia is no secret. Both Russia and NATO have stepped up defense on their borders due to perceived threats. NATO

Europe Politics

After Brexit, Eastern Europe remains loyal, for now

After Brexit highlighted fears over immigration, the EU needs to listen better to its citizens. While Western members face uncertainty, Eastern Europe remains loyal to the EU, for now.

Asia Pacific Security

Possible South Korean THAAD deployment upsets China

Recently, a U.S. proposal to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea has impacted the security calculations of Northeast Asian countries. The proposal comes in the