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Guest blog post by Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of European Union Law at Ghent University. When he started his term in office about a year ago, European Commission President Juncker expressed a general feeling of ‘enlargement fatigue’. The message was clear: no major progress was to be expected in the process of EU enlargement in… » read more

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Guest blog post by Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of European Union Law at Ghent University. On 18 May 2015, the European Commission, Russia and Ukraine held their third trilateral meeting at ministerial level to discuss the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, more precisely on the establishment of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Vladan Lausevic, member of Alliance of Liberals And Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and student of European Studies at University of Riga.   The EU’s decision to approve Bosnia and Herzegovina to sign the pact for Stability and Association is a step in the right direction. However, without changes in the Bosnian state… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Stela Mocan, Executive Director, e-Government Center/Government CIO, www.egov.md, Moldova. The Republic of Moldova has emerged in the past few years as one of the top 10 countries in Europe with the highest Internet speed and one of the cheapest in terms of price per megabit. It succeeded through deploying advanced information and… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Scottish journalist Jack Cairns, first published on Europe’s Footsteps. Find Jack Cairns on Twitter, here. The British government’s decision to send 75 military advisors to aid the Ukrainian army has been seen by many experts as more symbolic than significant. If this is the case: why bother? Rewind the clock fifty years,… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Daniele Brunetto. After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is compared to other factors: the answer is “it depends”, and the EU should seriously evaluate all the influencing factors before imposing sanctions – scaling back when needed. On 29… » read more

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While the western world is proud of its exhausted peace doves Merkel and Hollande, Kiev is facing an incredibly difficult task. The only winner of the Minsk-talks last week is Putin; he finally pushed back the EU and NATO from his borders, writes Coen van de Ven. Coen van de Ven is a Dutch journalist… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Arif Shala, doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany and executive director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies in Prishtine, Kosovo. How does a country pave its way towards economic growth and prosperity? Why is it that some countries simply never seem to be able to overcome their… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Simonas Klimanskis, Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius. The European Union (EU) signed Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and the Free trade Agreement, which is an essential part of the Association Agreement, with Ukraine on 27 June. If these countries were previously able to balance between the East and the West, they… » read more

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Guest post by Arif Shala, doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and executive director at the Institute for Economic Development Studies in Prishtine, Kosovo. How does a country pave its way towards economic growth and prosperity? Why is it that some countries simply never seem to be able to overcome their… » read more

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