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?
What if a migration crisis draws your society into an identity crisis? What if your continent is fearfully awaiting another economic watershed? What if your politicians are no longer trusted by their citizens? You blame the European Union, of course. … Continue reading Orbán’s Christian Europe: A Europhile Far-Right
This article is part of a collaboration between Lossi 36 and New Eastern Europe. Initially a concept created by the Polish interwar statesman Józef Piłsudski, Intermarium has made a comeback within frameworks such as Visegrad and the Three Seas Initiative … Continue reading How the Ukrainian far-right has become one of the biggest proponents of Intermarium
The war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia have been defining events for the current state of international politics in Europe. As tensions in the region and among global powers have increased, nearby countries reacted as best … Continue reading Turning a threat into an asset: Belarus’s image-making and the war in Ukraine
In Croatian history, football and politics have always been strictly intertwined. The Russian World Cup has not lacked scandals or prominent figures profiting (or not) from their positions. However, there is only one group of people to thank for the … Continue reading A nation on fire: how politics and sports intersect in Croatia
In recent years China’s political influence in Central Asia has been growing steadily. With Russian preeminence in the region being somewhat challenged, China has showed its willingness to manoeuvre through regional party elites when necessary. At the end of the … Continue reading A Trojan horse? China’s latest moves in Central Asia
EU-Russia relations appear to have reached an all time low. A consistent problem that only seems to increase tensions is the fact that Western media neither pay attention to, nor seek to understand Russia’s incredibly complicated identity. An identity that … Continue reading Russian Sonderweg. Is understanding Russia’s “Special Path” key to improving EU-Russia relations?
If one would ask most westerners about the state of Belarusian-Russian relations, chances are high that people would reply, “Belarus…isn’t that Russia’s little Slavic brother?” And one could hardly blame them; Belarus’ path of self-isolation has made it incredibly hard … Continue reading Humour à la Belarus – a fake state going viral in Lukashenko’s post-Soviet autocracy