Three weeks ago, Estonians thought they were about to witness history – the country was on the verge of electing its first ever female Prime Minister. Chairwoman Kaja Kallas and the liberal market-oriented Reform Party were dubbed the irrefutable winners … Continue reading The crest and break of Estonia’s pink wave
Read part one here In this second part of my interview with Louis Wierenga, our discussion leads to cleavages within Estonian society and the broader Intermarium project of far-right groups in Central and Eastern Europe. The country, like others in … Continue reading Far-right Networking – an interview with Louis Wierenga on Estonia’s radical right, pt. 2
In light of the upcoming elections in Estonia on March 3rd, the controversy surrounding the adoption of the UN Global Compact and EKRE pulling ahead as 3rd strongest political force, the question of the Estonian far-right’s popularity remains somehow unanswered. … Continue reading Far-right Networking – an interview with Louis Wierenga on Estonia’s radical right, pt 1
Futa Dadeshkeliani was a Svan prince from the Becho Valley during a period of independence for upper Svaneti in Georgia. He wished to consolidate power in all thirteen communities of the principality, and after much effort and conflict he succeeded … Continue reading The sound of money in the mountains of Georgia
With only thirty-five days until the polls close in Estonia, newcomers to the political arena continue to make waves. Estonian elections have long been dominated by two parties; the Centre party and the Reform party, but this year is different: … Continue reading Estonian Newcomers Make Waves Before March Parliamentary Elections
After the so-called Velvet Revolution in Armenia in Spring 2018, the country in the South Caucasus has become the rising star of hope for the feasibility of profound and non-violent democratic change from below. Under enormous public pressure, former Prime … Continue reading Looking for justice in Armenia: A plea to hold the corrupt accountable
In anticipation of the upcoming winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will take place in Strasbourg between 21-25 January, Anastasia Dmitrichenko discusses why Russia may leave the Council of Europe (CoE) and why … Continue reading The Russian Question and the Council of Europe: where is the conflict headed?
Almost thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, one can wonder whether the European cleavage between West and East is back in fashion. A migrant crisis has shaken up the entire continent, and Europe seems to have become … Continue reading Macron vs. Orbán: a new iron curtain in Europe?
Clinging tight to the cold, grey asphalt, the old man refuses to budge, trying to protect the statue from the crowd. With the intimacy of a lover forced to separate from his loved one, the man strokes it until the … Continue reading War requires heroes: Ukraine rewrites its own history five years after the Euromaidan
Emerging as a new and independent state after the fall of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan has remained one of the world’s most isolated countries under the rule of President Islam Karimov. This month marks the two year anniversary since Karimov’s … Continue reading Uzbekistan post-Karimov: a real thaw or just a case of black ice?