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Hedging one’s bets

At the periphery of the European Union, two candidates for membership are trying to hedge their geopolitical bets. Turkey, the largest of the two, is a long-standing NATO member but has also gained recently ” dialogue partner “status within SCO (Shanghai Co-operation Organization) , which includes China, Russia and four of the “five stans”. While… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

It is a well-known geopolitical fact that from 1914 to this day, Serbia has received military support or security guarantees from Russia. The latest such support was in evidence during NATO’s intervention in Kosovo, when Russian troops were present in the province in order to make sure Serbian interests were being respected by the Western… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Last Saturday and Sunday the citizens of two small European countries, Latvia and Bosnia, went to the polls to elect new parliamentary and presidential leaders, respectively. Both countries are experiencing severe ethnic tensions that could, if unchecked, drag into the fray larger neighbouring federations, such as the EU or Russia. Parliamentary elections in Latvia Latvians… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Unilaterally proclaimed in 2008, Kosovo’s independence has been recognised to date only by 69 states out of 192 UN member states (source: Le Monde diplomatique). The unexpected outcome has surprised even Serbia, not to mention the United States and its allies. As Le Monde diplomatique notes in its September 2010 issue, the map of states… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Last week the Czech prime minister, Mr Topolanek, has lobbied hard for the admission of Croatia in the European Union. Talking to EurActiv, he stated that stopping EU enlargement is a “road to hell”. According to him, many EU members would favour the admission of Croatia, but delay accession talks with Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro or… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi