2024: The year of the "Great Reset"?

Bulgaria’s Political Scene Rocked By a Tik-Toking Bomb

Bulgaria’s Political Scene Rocked By a Tik-Toking Bomb

Against the backdrop of voter fatigue, Bulgaria’s latest elections saw the rise of a new nationalist party, “Greatness”, while Boiko Borissov’s GERB maintained its ascending trend.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
14 Jun 2024
The far-right drinks to its victory in the EU, but the EU has other problems to attend to

The far-right drinks to its victory in the EU, but the EU has other problems to attend to

The rise of the far-right in certain EU Member States will be of little consequence in the coming years, as the European Parliament and the European Commission remain under the influence of center factions. New movements are likely to emerge in the long-term that might change the configuration of the EU.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
10 Jun 2024
The apparent serenity of the European elections and the storm after

The apparent serenity of the European elections and the storm after

The European Commission will probably be formed according to the consensus reached by the center of European politics – People’s Party, the Socialists and ALDE/Renew - but it will confirm Europe's turn to the right.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
06 Jun 2024
Three Takeaways from Bulgaria’s Upcoming Double Trouble Election

Three Takeaways from Bulgaria’s Upcoming Double Trouble Election

Former prime-minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB party is tipped to win Bulgaria’s split election. But amid an expected low voter turnout, pro-Russian parties are seeking a moment.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
31 May 2024
The Romanian lists for the European Parliament elections, a rather depressing picture

The Romanian lists for the European Parliament elections, a rather depressing picture

The lists, dominated by MEPs standing out for absenteeism and "awarded" for anti-performance and newcomers who rely on scandals and TV notoriety.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
07 May 2024
Local elections in Turkey. A "turning point"?

Local elections in Turkey. A "turning point"?

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Islamist AKP party sustained a bitter defeat in the local election. Is Turkey heading for a “reset” and the end of the Erdoğan era?

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
02 Apr 2024
Poland local elections: confidence in the pro-European camp, increasingly vocal pro-Russians

Poland local elections: confidence in the pro-European camp, increasingly vocal pro-Russians

The Polish conservatives are heading for a second defeat in 6 months, this time in local elections. Meanwhile, as pro-Europeans are trying to reset the system, the pro-Russians are increasingly vocal.

Michal Kukawski
Michal Kukawski
25 Mar 2024
Putin re-elected: consolidating the dictatorship and Russia’s “break” with Europe

Putin re-elected: consolidating the dictatorship and Russia’s “break” with Europe

The presidential “election” in Russia is the pinnacle of a long series of crimes, abuses and diversions designed to turn Putin's dictatorship into a totalitarian system in the truest sense of the word. Launched as an iron-fisted regime meant to speed up the country's structural modernization, Putin's dictatorship ultimately led to Russia's complete break with Europe and its firm anchoring in the Asian political model.

Cosmin Popa
Cosmin Popa
21 Mar 2024
The EPP Congress in Bucharest – what does it mean to the EU and Romania

The EPP Congress in Bucharest – what does it mean to the EU and Romania

Leaders of the most powerful European political group are meeting in Bucharest. Their decisions might influence the EU and Romania in the years ahead, should the EPP win the European Parliament election again.

Iulian Comănescu
Iulian Comănescu
06 Mar 2024
Iran: the ayatollahs win the elections, but the regime loses support

Iran: the ayatollahs win the elections, but the regime loses support

In the recent legislative elections, the regime in Tehran scored a victory and suffered a defeat at the same time. The winners were exactly who the ayatollahs wanted to be, but the turnout was the lowest in the history of the Islamic republic. The victory shows that the regime's ultraconservatives are firmly in control of Iran, but the low turnout indicates a loss of popular support for a regime that has been increasingly challenged in recent years.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
04 Mar 2024
Belarus: no more carrots, only a stick

Belarus: no more carrots, only a stick

Elections in Belarus were anything but free, with no opposition candidates or independent observers, and a government disinformation campaign designed to instill fear. The opposition managed, nonetheless, to get its message to at least part of the electorate, and in spite governmental efforts, turnout was lower than expected.

Zmicier Mickievič
Zmicier Mickievič
01 Mar 2024
The year of the “Great Reset” ?

The year of the “Great Reset” ?

Why the year 2024 is a test for liberal democracies around the world and disinformation might be fatal to them.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
01 Mar 2024
Belarus in Putin's orbit: political repression and elections with a predictable outcome

Belarus in Putin's orbit: political repression and elections with a predictable outcome

On February 25, Belarus will hold local and legislative elections, the first since the anti-Lukashenko protests of 2020. Minsk clamped down on the opposition in the run up to the elections, and only pro-Lukashenko candidates are competing. Belarus remains firmly in Russia’s orbit.

Tatsiana Ashurkevich
Tatsiana Ashurkevich
22 Feb 2024
Azerbaijan, a regional power following the Karabakh war. What does that mean for the EU and Romania?

Azerbaijan, a regional power following the Karabakh war. What does that mean for the EU and Romania?

Azerbaijan's authoritarian leader, Ilham Aliyev, was re-elected president after winning the Nagorno-Karabakh war and can turn his country into an energy and trade hub halfway between Asia and Europe.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
12 Feb 2024
Taiwan complicates China-USA relations again at a time marked by multiple crises

Taiwan complicates China-USA relations again at a time marked by multiple crises

The victory of the pro-independence candidate in the Taiwan elections complicates once again China-USA relations. China’s economic difficulties, the elections in the USA and the crisis in Yemen can however prevent an escalation.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
15 Jan 2024
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