Europe Has Become an International Joke
Vaccine chaos underlines Europe's failed management of the pandemic. Meanwhile, China rises, the US resurfaces, and Russia makes cutting remarks. Even Erdoğan's Turkey is allowing itself to be diplomatically provocative towards the EU. What has Europe done to deserve this?
What's Behind The Diplomatic Catastrophe Between Czech Republic and Russia?
Czechs expelled 18 Russian diplomats over suspicions that the Russian security agents who were involved in the Salisbury poisoning were also linked to the deadly explosion of ammunition depots in Czech Republic in 2014. Moscow denies the accusations and ordered that 20 Czechs depart, while the tensions between Russia and the west continue to rise
Spring Escalation in Donbass: Moscow Wants Concessions
Russian media are threatening a new "great war" in Donbass. Although there is a lot of exaggeration in these claims, the situation has clearly escalated since the beginning of January. The ceasefire introduced at the end of July last year is just an illusion. Negotiations are in a deadlock, and the latest proposals from France and Germany are unlikely to change this
The Father That Doesn't Want To Leave: Between Authoritarian Violence And Social Anger in Belarus
Lukashenko is no longer a "batska", the father of all Belarusians. His supporters used this nickname because of their affirmation and his opponents – because of patriarchal nature for his rule. He himself accepted the name without a shred of modesty and at times spoke about his role in the third person. However, after 26 years, the children have rebelled and disowned their authoritarian father. By lying and using brutal violence, the long-term leader of the Belarusian state has irrevocably lost his legitimacy among the people. However, this only encourages him to stay in power – by any means necessary
A Blow to Political Opponents, a Message for Biden: What is Behind Zelensky's Shutdown of the pro-Russian TV Channels?
Volodymyr Zelensky decided to shut down the pro-Russian television channels in Ukraine. What is at stake - domestically and internationally - in the fight against the multi-headed hydra of Russian disinformation?
Prisoners of Their Own Propaganda: Russian Narratives Projected Into the ‘Near Abroad’
Promoting propaganda narratives has become an important part of Moscow’s foreign policy toolbox. While their immediate goal may be to confuse foreign audiences, these narratives are ultimately rooted in a particular worldview, that is, in fact, shared by many Russians. Therefore, we should not underestimate the extent to which the Kremlin and its supporters may actually be prisoners of their own propaganda.