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EU Enlargement and the Geopolitical Battleground of the Balkans

cc Flickr EU2018BG Bulgarian Presidency, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The EU’s glacial enlargement process may fall foul to outside geopolitical players in the Western Balkans.

Dear Geopolitical European Commission: Crawl before You Run!

cc Flickr European People's Party, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Can the European Union bridge the gap between theoretical and actual power?

COVID-19 in Ukraine: Religion and Geopolitics in a Pandemic

cc Flickr Jennifer Boyer, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ukraine’s long-running religious schism has spilled into the country’s COVID-19 response.

Decision Time Looms for Brussels on COVID-19 Response

EUParliament, cc Flickr European Parliament, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The upcoming April 7 finance minister summit might one day be looked back on as a turning point in the history of the European Union – for better or worse.

Is Belarus Doomed to Dependence on Russia?

BelarusRussiaFlags, cc Flickr Adam Jones, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Minsk has tried to carve out a more independent niche since the Ukraine crisis, but its room for maneuver remains severely constrained.

COVID-19: Make or Break Time for the Euro

euro, cc Flickr Enrico Matteucci, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

7 November 2017; Anne Hidalgo, Mayor, City of Paris, speaking during a press conference during the opening day of Web Summit 2017 at Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Web Summit via Sportsfile, cc Flickr Web Summit, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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

Levski Sofia football fans, cc Wikicommons Javor Draganov, modified, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Levski_sofia_fans.jpg

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

COVID-19 Economic Impact: Italy

Piazza San Marco at Dawn, Venice (taken in 2015), cc Benh LIEU SONG, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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

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

Putin_with_Erdoğan, cc Kremlin.ru, modfiied, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Putin_with_Erdo%C4%9Fan.jpeg

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.

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