France’s Position in the Ukrainian Crisis

by Yaprak Akkaya As one of the EU’s major superpowers, France has been vocal since the beginning of the contflict between Russia and Ukraine. Until now, Macron has sought to be a negotiator and to encourage communication for innocent people. On the other hand, there is also a response to this crisis at the UnionContinue reading “France’s Position in the Ukrainian Crisis”

Pieces of the puzzle: finding common ground for a European history

by Charlotte van Vessem Prior to the start of France’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on the 1st of January 2022, French President Macron laid out his priorities regarding the European Union in a speech in December 2021. In this speech, President Macron expressed France’s desire to create a EuropeanContinue reading “Pieces of the puzzle: finding common ground for a European history”

Swift and severe costs? EU sanctions and the Russo-Ukrainian conflict

By Robin Vandendriessche In February 2022, Russia deployed up to 190 000 troops in and around Ukraine. This constitutes the greatest military build-up since the country’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and sparked a major international crisis. Moscow declared to be open to diplomacy but demanded legal security guarantees such as the withdrawal of NATOContinue reading “Swift and severe costs? EU sanctions and the Russo-Ukrainian conflict”

Bitcoin, Kazakhstan and the burden on the Environment

By Maria Callewier In the first week of January massive protests erupted in Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices. Government buildings were set ablaze and dozens of protestors have reportedly been killed, in what seems to be the first major sign of instability in decades. After requesting aid from Russia, president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered aContinue reading “Bitcoin, Kazakhstan and the burden on the Environment”