Europe & Russia

  • Theresa May, isolated but irreplaceable

    November 30, 2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May is vulnerable and isolated as the U.K. comes closer to her self-imposed December deadline to begin trade talks with the E.U. over post-Brexit trade. But without a challenger, she looks set to remain in office for at least two more years.

    Chaos in the cabinet

    Theresa May has had ...

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  • Case Study: Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s Boy King?

    October 24, 2017

    Austria’s two main parties have shared power in grand coalitions for over a decade. But now the conservative ÖVP is poised to bring the country further right.

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  • Case study: Putin’s Crimean ambitions

    September 12, 2017

    President Vladimir Putin is championing a bridge connecting Russia’s mainland to the Crimean Peninsula, de jure a part of Ukraine but de facto a separatist territory now controlled by Moscow. The bridge is not only a highly ambitious feat of engineering that could disrupt shipping, but also demonstrates that Russia will not relinquish its claim to the peninsula in the foreseeable future. 

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  • CZECH REPUBLIC: ‘Czech Donald Trump’ remains popular despite scandals

    September 12, 2017

    On 6 September, the Czech parliament voted to strip Andrej Babiš, the Slovak-born billionaire businessman and former finance minister, of his parliamentary immunity in order for police to charge him with fraud.

    Babiš is the founder of the centrist ANO party, the junior coalition party, and he is the country’s second wealthiest man. He stands accused of fraudulently taking E.U. funds ...

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  • 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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