Striking the right balance: reinforcing Europe’s arsenal of trade defence instruments (TDIs)

By Robin Vandendriessche In December 2021, the European Union (EU), in an attempt to increase its geopolitical theft, proposed a new policy instrument that would allow it to impose sanctions more easily on economic rivals such as China. The Anti-Coercion Instrument (ACI) came after years of perceived European vulnerability to economic blackmail as third countriesContinue reading Striking the right balance: reinforcing Europe’s arsenal of trade defence instruments (TDIs)

The End of Swiss Neutrality?

By Ryan Hoi Kit Leung On 10th August, Ukraine and Switzerland reached an agreement in which the latter will represent Ukrainian interests in Russia. In light of the invasion, Ukraine severed diplomatic relations with Russia followed by the evacuation of its embassy in Moscow. According to Swiss media, Switzerland proposed to use its local embassyContinue reading “The End of Swiss Neutrality?”

The EU and the Game of Influence on the Western Balkans

By Myriam Marino Recent international developments contributed to highlighting a weakening position of the European Union (EU) in the Western Balkans. Most notably, since the prospect of an imminent EU membership for Western Balkan countries appears to be gradually fading, the inability of the EU to fulfil long made promises potentially encourages the countries toContinue reading “The EU and the Game of Influence on the Western Balkans”

Are Belarus pushbacks pushing back EU law?

By Gregory Lens Faced with an unprecedented influx of migrants from neighboring Belarus, EU countries on the region’s external borders are taking various measures to prevent and stop migrants from entering their countries. Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are currently confronted with a migration crisis caused by Belarus’ disgraced president Lukashenko, who vowed to flood EuropeContinue reading “Are Belarus pushbacks pushing back EU law?”

Sanctions will not drive Belarus into Putin’s arms

By Jelle Baartmans When Alexander Lukashenko was declared President of Belarus by the Central Election Commission in August 2020 after elections that were far from free and fair, many European countries did not recognize the election results and therefore do not recognize Lukashenko as President of Belarus. Before and after the elections, Belarusians took to theContinue reading “Sanctions will not drive Belarus into Putin’s arms”

Troubles in paradise: the darker pasts of the outposts

By Anna Woudstra Pardoen Scattered across the planet are the last vestiges of the famed former British Empire. Some of those have recently reached the news due to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union: Gibraltar, a small promontory off the coast of Spain and a cause of constant contention between Spain and the UK,Continue reading “Troubles in paradise: the darker pasts of the outposts”