In the past few years, Chinese investments in Serbia have intensified, strengthening economic and strategic cooperation between the two countries. However, in addition to investing in production, new technologies, servicing old debts, some of these investments have brought with them harmful effects on the environment, but also a further collapse of the legal system and institutions.
The Republic of Moldova has been presented with a historic opportunity, after pro-European forces, represented by the Action and Solidarity Party (PAS), have secured the Parliament, the Government and the Presidency. The post-Soviet period of transition may now be over, and the pro-European track, which has been in the limelight in Chișinău for three decades, may become irreversible.
Turkey is increasingly in favor of a two-Cypriot solution and is working to persuade other states to recognize Turkish Cyprus. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to have taken on the Cypriot cause in order to attract the nationalist electorate to his side in the run-up to the 2023 elections.
After the warm summer, a hot autumn awaits the Czech Republic. Elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament are held at the beginning of October and they could change the political landscape in the country. The current political hegemon Andrej Babiš and his ANO movement could lose their position, traditional left-wing parties – communists and social democrats – may not make it to the upcoming Chamber of Deputies and there are some new political forces, such as a party led by former anti-mafia policemen, which is growing and promising "justice".
The study of hybrid impact tools and technologies for their application is now becoming a necessity for most European countries. It should be understood that their application lasts long enough to form the basis of the study, and the need for countermeasures will remain relevant for many years.
This Sunday Bulgaria is going through a new round of parliamentary elections, following the inconclusive ones from April which saw ruling party GERB lose votes and a Parliament dominated by opposition. The elections were called after no common ground was found between any of the parties in search of a coalition. The coming Parliament looks set to be as fragmented as the one that brought early elections. What will happen next is, thus, anyone’s guess. One thing seems sure though: long-serving former prime-minister Boyko Borissov will not return to power.
China’s global opening-up after Mao’s death and a partial adoption of capitalism have only apparently softened the communist regime in Beijing. Mao’s successors have regularly shown that they will not cede their tight grip on society and, if the system requires defending- or consolidating- they can be as ruthless as the “founding father”.
The West wants to destabilize the vicinity of Russia and has orchestrated color revolutions in Belarus and Ukraine and staged a geopolitical conflict in Moldova, says Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. The narrative about the “foreign enemy” is being rehashed as Putin’s regime is preparing for this autumn’s election.
Supporting the rights of the LGBTQI community is a disguise for the promotion of pedophilia, according to a narrative carried by some online publications in Romania. The narrative has been intensely used by the Russian media affiliated with the Kremlin, and in Bucharest it has now reappeared in the context of a pedophilia scandal in Germany and an increasingly louder discourse about the traditional family.
A campaign “started by progressives against Viktor Orban” has allegedly spread to Romania as well, according to Sputnik.md, which brings as evidence in support of this theory the fact that the G4Media publication has commissioned a survey on the perception of the LGBT community.
Maia Sandu will take revenge on the Church for supporting Igor Dodon, will close the churches belonging to the Moscow Patriarchy, at the request of the West, and will favor the takeover of parishes by the Romanian Patriarchy, according to an expert in Orthodoxy. Such narratives come in the context in which the party established by Maia Sandu won the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova and will soon form a new government.
Romania is about to build a common army with Ukraine, and this is a plan devised by the US against Russia, a false narrative carried by media in Bucharest and Chisinau reads. The narrative quotes inexistent provisions of a military cooperation agreement between Romania and Ukraine.
Seven years after the downing, over Donbass, of the Boeing-777 plane that was performing the MH-17 flight, the Russia media resumes a series of narratives meant to exonerate the rebels who launched the Russian rocket. The main thesis is that Ukraine is responsible for the tragedy, but the West has sought to hide its guilt.
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