Europe & Russia

  • Between Russia and a hard place: The effect of sanctions on Europe

    August 16, 2017

    On 2 August, U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its alleged interference in the U.S. elections, as well as its activities in Ukraine. The European Union (E.U.) institutions oppose the new sanctions and fear for Europe’s energy security.

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  • Case Study: Illiberal democracy versus open society in Hungary

    July 20, 2017

    The saga of the Central European University in Hungary will have a lasting impact on domestic politics.

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  • Election Watch: Britain’s election increases ‘hard Brexit’ risks

    June 16, 2017

    Contrary to media claims that Britain’s hung parliament improves the chances for retaining much of the status quo in terms of the country’s relationship with the European Union, A2 finds that it instead empowers British regional interests who will resist easy compromises.

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  • Emmanuel Macron’s uphill struggle

    May 19, 2017

    On 7 May, Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential elections, winning 66 per cent of the votes in the second round of elections, against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34 per cent. In a symbolic move, he chose to celebrate his victory outside the Louvre, a world-famous museum in the capital Paris, as opposed to Place de la Concorde ...

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  • Russian Roulette: the challenges of investing in Russia

    April 28, 2017

    After all but deserting Russia, foreign businesses are cautiously returning to take advantage of a weak currency. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased in 2016, recovering significantly from the nadir of 2014-2015. However, they face significant challenges not experienced by domestic firms. Rampant corruption, a weak economy and strong anti-West sentiment mean that foreign direct investment has still not returned ...

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