Politics

A Slow Conservative Revolution? Academia, Clientelism and the Right in Croatia

What’s wrong with Croatian academia? Andrew Hodges explains how new criteria has created barriers to entering academia and is pushing the country’s public discourse further and further towards the political right. (Croatian version follows the English).  ‘Rational and National’ reads a poster slogan advertising Bruna Esih’s candidacy for the position of Mayor of…

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No, the EU Hasn’t Necessarily “Dodged a Bullet” in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s recent parliamentary election was widely declared a victory for EU interests by the western media, but a closer look at the complicated web of Kremlin influence and “pro-Russia” and “pro-EU” loyalties in Bulgaria reveals a far more complex picture, argues Michael Colborne.   Bulgaria got caught in the western media…

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Op-Ed: Europe Should Brace Itself, There’s a New Autocracy on the Rise in Serbia

Sunday’s presidential election in Serbia will determine whether the country continues its slide into an open return to authoritarian dictatorship. Europe should take note, argues Marieke Walraven.   Serbia is holding elections on April 2, 2017. The current prime minister and most powerful politician in Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, is leading in…

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Op-Ed: Protests, Post-Communism and Compromise in Albania

Edi Rama’s European Albania is a public relations fantasy. It is a nation-state which exists only in the mind of two dozen politicians and publicists—whose only concern is paying lip-service to the European Union’s accession requirements. The opposition Democratic Party are protesting in Tirana because we want Albania to be…

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