Fixing Europe

by Shada Islam, Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe It’s in the open. Clear and almost official: Donald Trump’s America is in a ‘clash of civilisations’ with Iran, China and – wait for it – the World Trade Organization.  Washington’s list of foes is long and growing longer. Trump and his aides…

Rise of the Far Right in Europe

After gaining ground in national elections across Europe, authoritarian politicians also look set to do well in the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May 2019. Today’s report by Corporate Europe Observatory offers a comprehensive overview of and shocking insights into the authoritarian right across the EU, as hundreds of millions of European citizens prepare to…

Kazakhstan Presidential Elections

In just under one month’s time on Sunday 9th June, 12 million Kazakh voters – just over two thirds of the population of the largest land-locked country in the world – will go to the polls to elect a new President. The election follows on the resignation in March of the widely respected President Nursultan…

Building Georgian statehood 

(This article was first published in International Policy Digest at https://intpolicydigest.org/2019/05/10/building-georgian-statehood/)   Parliamentary elections will be held in Georgia in November 2020 and the outcome promises to be the most crucial since the country gained independence 28 years ago, writes Nino Burjanadze Our democratic principles and traditional values will be at stake. The growing disillusionment of the…

Fragmented European Parliament Forecast for May Election

A new polling-backed report published by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), as part of its Unlock Europe’s Majority project, explores the likely group composition of the European Parliament (EP) following the election as well as likely positions of Members of the European Parliament within party groups. According to data collected across 14 member states constituting 80% of all seats in EP, there is…

Volodymyr Zelensky elected President of Ukraine

Following the results of yesterday’s elections, Volodymyr Zelensky has been elected by a landslide of more than 70% of the total vote to become Ukraine’s next President. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon in Kyiv, Rebecca Harms the Head of the European Parliament election observation delegation congratulated the citizens of Ukraine for their deep…

European Parliament Elections At Risk Of Attack

European Parliament Elections

This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament strongly condemned states that seek to undermine European democracy through disinformation campaigns and fake news in a resolution adopted overwhelmingly in plenary. Commenting on the Resolution, President Tajani stated: “Voter participation is the lifeblood of democracy. To express their right to vote, citizens must have complete and accurate…

Winning Friends Back – Kremlin Style

Kremlin Style

It is not a secret that the Kremlin wants to win back Ukraine to its sphere of influence. Some might go for flowers and chocolates,  but the Kremlin is doggedly following a different path of wreaking more chaos in Ukraine, undermining the credibility of Ukrainian power institutions, and manipulating public opinion wherever its octopus like…