Cold war between Visegrad and Brussels
Brussels is angry with Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for allegedly lacking solidarity and “EU values.” But the European Commission’s plan to use financial pressure to rein in the four politically conservative Central European members is nearly certain to backfire.
Scenarios for Central and Eastern Europe in a Russia-NATO conflict
Geopolitically, the region between Russia and Western Europe is among the most volatile parts of the globe: in the 20th century alone, it was a major theater for two world wars and the Cold War. As relations between the West and Russia sour, the region may again see its fate ...
New kingmakers: Putin or Erdogan?
Evidence that Russia tried to manipulate the outcome of the United States presidential elections is flimsy. It is increasingly clear, though, that EU leaders themselves are manipulating their electorates with gross anti-Turkey populism as they try to cling to power.
China’s push towards Europe through Piraeus boosts infrastructure and tensions
Beijing’s investment outflows are growing fast, and Europe is one of the main beneficiaries of this trend. By mid-2015, China had invested more than US$60 billion in shares of European companies, passing Japan to become the fourth-largest investor in the ‘Old Continent.’ Since 2014, Chinese investments have targeted Central and ...