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  • Commentary

    Why Labour Should Back Electoral Reform

    Reform of the UK's electoral system is on the agenda at the Labour Party conference. While voting for such change could seal Labour's fate, the use of proportional representation to elect members of parliament is better suited for today's political landscape.

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    A Meloni-Led Government Need Not Spell Disaster for Italy’s Institutions

    The likely electoral victory of a right-wing coalition in Italy raises fears in Europe, especially for the country’s democratic resilience. Although democracy will remain intact, economic stability and civil rights could still be undermined.

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    No, Of Course Boris Johnson Didn’t Get Brexit Done

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson would like his legacy to be that of a successful Brexit, but most voters reject his claim. The war in Ukraine and the cost-of-living crisis has provided a vivid test of Britain's inability to 'take back control' in order to protect people from the vicissitudes of events abroad.

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    Liz Truss’s Honeymoon Poll Bounce May Be Already Over

    Liz Truss is very likely to be elected as the UK’s next Prime Minister, despite the discontent of Conservative Party members of parliament. Her predecessors’ performances under similar conditions should be cause for concern.

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    Which Potential Tory Leader Should Labour Fear the Most?

    Opinion polls show Rishi Sunak to be the British electorate’s favorite among Boris Johnson’s potential successors. The Labour Party should fear the candidate who can persuade voters that they belong to the political mainstream.

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    It’s Time for Bulgaria and North Macedonia to Move Forward

    North Macedonia’s access to the EU has been opposed by Bulgaria due to historical disputes. The bloc should help Sofia and Skopje to shift their focus to more practical concerns, such as trade, infrastructure, telecommunications, and energy.

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    Can the Tories Recover in Time for the Next Election?

    Following Boris Johnson's resignation, his successor must work to rebuild the Conservative party's reputation and rediscover its purpose ahead of the next UK general election.

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    How Georgia Stumbled on the Road to Europe

    Unlike Ukraine and Moldova who have been given candidate status, Georgia has been offered a much weaker offer of EU membership perspective. Despite the best efforts of the country’s protestors, the Georgian dream government is unlikely to back down and meet these demands any time soon.

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    The EU and Dispute Settlement: The Case of the Macedonian Name Issue

    • Dimitar Bechev
    • June 30, 2022
    • East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures

    The agreement that settled the name dispute between (North) Macedonia and Greece is considered a major success for the EU. European institutions helped resolve a domestic political crisis in Skopje and facilitated the handover of power to a government willing to compromise with Athens.

  • Commentary

    What's the Earliest Ukraine Could Realistically Join the EU?

    Ukraine should view EU accession as a long-term project. Joining the union has become increasingly harder, lengthier, and more mired with obstacles.

  • Commentary

    Last Week Byelections Were Terrible for the Tories. But Labour Should Aim Higher

    Although the Conservatives suffered a defeat in the byelections, the race for the next general election remains open. Data points and trends from past elections indicate that Labour's victory is far from certain.

  • Commentary

    Europe Must Not Allow the Momentum for Expansion to Slip

    The war in Ukraine has given impetus to a new round of EU enlargement. Concerns about corruption, stagnation, and democratic backsliding tendencies may hamper the union's response but engagement with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia must be sustained.

  • Commentary

    Even if Johnson Wins Tonight’s Vote, He Will Be Damaged Beyond Repair

    Despite the positive vote of confidence for Boris Johnson, public distrust of the British prime minister will negatively affect his party. To save face, the Conservative party should remove Johnson and replace him with a leader who is regarded as honest and competent.

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    Why Turkey Is Imperiling NATO Enlargement

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s negative stance toward Finland and Sweden joining NATO jeopardizes further enlargement of the alliance amid great geopolitical insecurity. Breaking this stalemate will require a compromise from all sides.

  • Commentary

    Brussels Takes the Initiative in Armenia-Azerbaijan Negotiations

    Peace talks involving Armenia and Azerbaijan appear to be proceeding favorably with the mediation of the European Union. In spite of this breakthrough, questions remain regarding the role of Russia and the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as for the Armenians of Nagorny Karabakh.

  • Commentary

    Nagorny Karabakh in the Shadow of Ukraine

    Russia's setbacks in Ukraine have limited its capacity to project power in its neighborhood. With the EU as the main mediator between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the two sides should use this chance to seek an elusive peace.

  • Commentary

    Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey’s Clash With the PKK?

    Clashes between Turkey and the PKK have recently intensified. By ramping up confrontation with the Kurdish armed movement in Syria and Iraq, Turkish President Erdogan is likely to improve his chances of reelection in 2023.

  • Commentary

    From Glasgow to Worthing: The Public’s Mood in the UK

    The Conservative and Labour parties continue their face-off ahead of the midterm elections in the UK. The resulting outcome of seven councils will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of these two parties, as well as who is likely to win the next general election.

  • Commentary

    European “Lessons” for Turkey

    Recent elections in Europe may provide Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan with useful examples on how to undermine the integrity of the country’s democratic processes. These include the use of disinformation, media blackouts, and state resources to advantage the incumbent party.

  • Commentary

    Ukraine War Highlights Europe’s Failure to Reassure ASEAN

    ASEAN countries’ responses to the war in Ukraine have not been cohesive, largely due to the perceived selectiveness of the EU’s refugee policy. This disconnect is resulting in a breakdown of trust in the EU-ASEAN relationship, a partnership that is necessary in order to revive multilateralism.

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