Category: Central/Eastern Europe

The one change Ukraine really needs

     

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has picked up sharply in recent weeks, residents along the front line, commanders and European monitors say, The New York Times reports. Ukrainians marked the second… Read more »

How do parliaments shape democracy (and democracies shape parliaments)?

     

  Democracy and democracy-strengthening are always a work in progress, according to the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Graeme Ramshaw and Alex Stevenson.  It’s time for those involved in this work… Read more »

Roma Exclusion: A European Democratic Deficit

     

The Roma are a minority group highly concentrated in East-Central Europe, where they are over-represented among the poor. Possessing lower than average incomes and life expectancies, most Roma live in… Read more »

Hollowing out democracy: Hungary and beyond

     

Following the revolutions of 1989 that brought down communism in Central Europe, it appeared that the region was on the path to the consolidation of liberal democracy. This optimism, however,… Read more »

West finally adapting to hybrid warfare

     

  The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is developing a new strategy to speed decision-making and improve its response to the kind of unconventional warfare the West says Russia has used… Read more »

Dawning of a new era? Geopolitical and vox populi risks converge

     

Once largely confined to less-transparent emerging market economies, the post-global financial crisis saw the return of political risks to the advanced democracies as well, while challengers to Western liberalism continue… Read more »

Challenging Moldova’s pro-Western facade

     

An unknown assailant threw a grenade at the house of the governor of Moldova’s central bank overnight, RFE/RL reports: Bank chief Dorin Dragutanu and his family were asleep when the… Read more »

Inward-looking EU ‘in hock to authoritarians’

     

Over the last five years, the European Council on Foreign Relations’ annual Scorecard has tracked the European Union’s diminishing ability to influence its neighbors. In 2015, the story became one… Read more »