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Taking a Closer Look at State Partition

October 27, 2017

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World Management Team in office silhouette

Stefano Bianchini talks about the recent referendums and why we should give more attention to State partition.

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The EU Legitimacy Crisis and the UK Membership Referendum

May 27, 2016

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schweiger-brexit-handsThe public referendum on the future of EU membership in the UK on 23 June is a reflection of the EU’s deepening internal crisis.
Dr Christian Schweiger explores.

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What kind of Eurasian Union might Ukraine be joining? – by Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk

December 9, 2013

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photo credit: Ivan Bandura via Flickr cc

photo credit: Ivan Bandura via Flickr cc

Ukraine is again at the centre of global attention after its government failed to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. This failure was interpreted as succumbing to Putin’s pressure to join the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus instead of re-orienting westward. There is little doubt that Ukraine’s full accession to this Union would be a major trophy for Putin, both domestically and internationally. The details of this volte-face remain obscure, but after years of negotiation, it was unexpected to say the least.

Ukraine has faced a dichotomy: Eurasia or Europe? Either choice carries hefty implications. Not signing was seen in the West as evidence of Ukrainian ruling elites acting on their old rent-seeking inclinations, fearful of the costs of EU-style modernisation. In contrast, Russia viewed the decision as a valiant refusal to submit to EU pressure and a pragmatic rejection of a deal with ephemeral, long-term benefits in favour of current and visible gains.

However, does the rejection of the EU deal in Vilnius mean that membership of the Eurasian Customs Union is Kyiv’s best option? How clear is the commitment and how credible is the Customs Union’s promise? […]

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The Economics of European Integration – by Miroslav N. Jovanović

July 25, 2013

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European Integration, Miroslav N. Jovanovic

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The principal goal of integration in Europe has always been the safeguarding of peace through economic integration. The European Union (EU) has overseen splendid economic achievements. A sign of that great success has been the EU’s continuous enlargement. The eurozone is the crown jewel in the process of European integration, but it is also its weakest component. The EU’s most glorious attribute, the eurozone is now synonymous with harsh austerity measures, protests and no prospect of any remarkable growth in many countries for years to come. Obvious rifts between the EU’s countries are shaking its foundations like never before. The EU has passed through many crises (approximately one a decade) and always exited stronger. This time may be different. The EU may weather the storm. It may, however, end up as a big and important group, but not a very happy family of nations. The first decade of the 21st century was ‘lost’ for the EU, while the second decade may prove to be the epoch of its diminished global relevance. This is a pity as Europe has taken the reins in many global issues, such as environment for example.

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