The UK’s Legitimacy Crisis: Will the New Prime Minister Promise a General Election?

by Ryan Hoi Kit Leung Introduction Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who earlier announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party leadership, became the United Kingdom’s (UK) latest Prime Minister as his predecessor Liz Truss resigned over economic struggles. For all Britons, there has been a steady trend of replacements of national leaders and keyContinue reading The UK’s Legitimacy Crisis: Will the New Prime Minister Promise a General Election?

What is behind Türkiye-Israel restored relations?

By Liz Moran In August 2022, breaking news informed of Türkiye and Israel’s fully restored diplomatic relations. The countries had first broken up their diplomatic relations in 2010, when Turkish activists tried to breach Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza strip, causing a deadly confrontation between the activists and Israeli commandos. After a year ofContinue reading What is behind Türkiye-Israel restored relations?

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?”