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COVID-19: Make or Break Time for the Euro

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The Greek sovereign debt crisis left cracks in the foundation of the grand experiment of the euro. Will COVID-19 pry them open?

Madame la Maire: Paris, Reform, and the Improbable Rise of Anne Hidalgo

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All eyes on the upcoming Paris election, where the next president of France could be in-the-making.

Politics, Football, and a Change of Geopolitical Course of Bulgaria

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The fate of the Borisov government will have consequences for Bulgaria’s geopolitical alignment.

COVID-19 Economic Impact: Italy

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The Italian economy was uniquely vulnerable to recession even before COVID-19 arrived.

With Friends Like This: Russia and Turkey Fall Out over Idlib

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Reprisal attacks against the Syrian government and renewed refugee flows into Europe are just two of the potential consequences of a deadly airstrike on Turkish troops in Idlib.

All Those Croatian Presidents

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A brief recap of those who preceded newly elected president Zoran Milanović.

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (02-06-2020)

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Recounting the latest production stoppages due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Revisiting the Ukraine-Russia-EU Triangular Dynamics

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Assessing the wider issues that must be resolved if peace is to return to Ukraine.

Will a Hydrocarbon Discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean Bring Peace to Cyprus?

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A significant new energy discovery could give new impetus to resolving an old dispute.

Romania 101: Lessons from a Century of Struggles and Success

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In the words of Romanian poet Mihai Eminsecu: “The light is on for those who see, not for the blind ones.”

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