In a world marred by geopolitics, what do Chinese investments in Europe mean for the EU? Do these financial manoeuvres mark a collaborative milestone or a strategic ploy?
As another election comes to an end, so too does an unsuccessful attempt to change Serbia’s political status quo — or so it may seem. What clouds lurk on the Serbian political horizon, and are they as ominous as many believe?
As tensions around the world grow high, war fatigue looms over a Europe still at peace. An Italian case-study.
The consequences of Brexit and a post Covid-19 realities will begin to play out. Though, how did this happen and where will it lead?. (Part 4 of the series)
Ukraine has been actively pursuing a process of derussification for several years, which involves promoting the Ukrainian language and culture and distancing itself from its Soviet legacy. A crucial aspect of this process has been the elimination of communist symbols, including holidays observed during the Soviet era. Consequently, International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8, has become a topic of significant debate.
As the war rages across Ukraine with its consequences felt throughout Europe, a different kind of war has taken to the streets and alleys of Serbia’s capital. Namely, a ‘graffiti war’ between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian groups. Indeed, through the defacement and ‘conversion’ of ‘enemy’ graffiti, messages and victories taint the roads of Belgrade.
As the war in Ukraine enters its second year with most European countries having taken sides in the conflict, Serbia has been ever so reluctant to align itself to either camp. Torn between both its desire for prosperity with the EU along with all its benefits and a more traditional friendship with Russia, the country is struggling to pass unscathed in the current climate since not taking sides is perceived as undesirable by either bloc.
Having undergone a European integration journey rife with cultural disputes with neighbouring EU members, the Republic of North Macedonia has finally begun EU Accession Negotiations on July 2022 and may soon become the EU’s newest member.
Exacerbated by the accession of the two nordic countries to NATO, the already-changing European security climate is entering a new phase in its history; one which is expected to be more antagonistic and uncertain.
With the European Council falling short of offering Georgia EU candidate status, Georgia’s path to achieving its long-established European ambitions will have to be prolonged…