The triple legitimacy of Operation Sangaris
A neo-colonialist intervention driven by geostrategic and economical goals
12/06/2013 - 08:41
On 21st of November, the Ukranian Cabinet of Ministers unanimously decided "to stop the process of preparation for the signing of the Association agreement" with the European Union. The decision caused spontaneous protests in Kiev, hashtagged as #Euromaidan. Is Euromaidan, as protestors claim, a true "new revolution"?
A geopolitical game larger than Euromaiden
The future of Ukraine should be decided by Ukrainians
10/28/2013 - 13:46
In September 2013, bilingual signs in Serbian (in Cyrillic letters) were introduced in the municipality of Vukovar in Eastern Croatia, after census showed that more than 33% of the population belonged to a Serbian national minority. This triggered numerous protests by ethnic Croats throughout the country.
Bilingual signs undermining post-war recovery
Respect of the law, respect of minorities
10/13/2013 - 08:46
The Parliament of Ukraine passed an amendment to the law regarding homeless people. According to the new law they will have the possibility to vote. Ukrainians are trying to understand whether it is a positive, democratic reform or just another attempt of the authorities to fulfill their egoistic interests.
Towards a truly universal suffrage
A step forward for the homeless a step back for democracy
08/07/2013 - 17:35
Functioning of modern societies has become increasingly specialized rendering decision-making very complex. Because of the speed of the processes experts are often called in to give their insight. Is it wise to always rely on expertise or should civic society take up a more active part?
Complex societies need expert knowledge
Democracy needs a participatory culture
07/31/2013 - 08:48
Romania has entered the European Union on January 1st 2007. However, to this day has not joined the Schengen Area, for entering this zone of free internal circulation requires both the unanimous vote of the old members, and the fulfillment of technical requirements. Why has Romania cumulated such a delay?
Fulfilling requirements is not enough, external support is necessary
Fulfilling requirements internally is necessary before accession
07/30/2013 - 22:19
Slovakia is getting ready for the presidential elections of 2014. Who will follow current President Gasparovic in the presidential seat? Will the elections turn out to be the occassion for the right-wing to reaffirm its position? Or on the contrary, will they only proove that the left-wing has gathered all power?
The secret left-wing candidate
The fragmented right-wing
07/02/2013 - 16:13
Given the state of public healthcare in Slovakia, it sometimes seems like we are back in the Soviet era. The buildings are old, the equipment is dated and apparently no renovations are planned. More than twenty years after its independence, how can Slovakia account for such degradation of its public healthcare?
Renewal from the inside is inevitable
Slovak public healthcare mismanaged by the State
06/30/2013 - 17:47
Montenegrins seem to agree on the fact that joining the European Union would benefit their country. However, the means of achieving this goal are not nearly as obvious. Should Montenegro first join NATO? Should the government or the civil society pave the road to integration?
EU integration tied to NATO membership and executive performance
All roads lead to Brussels if Montenegrin society acts now