Our (new) Brussels normal?

Our (new) Brussels normal?
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. Matthew 6:34 On March 22nd  2016 I was supposed to take part as a speaker to the international conference  The EU and member states: sharing the same political orbit? meant to present the results of a ...

The Black Sea Games: The Treaty of Paris (1856)

The Black Sea Games: The Treaty of Paris (1856)
The Treaty of Paris of 1856 settled the Crimean War between Russia and an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire, Second French Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The treaty, signed on 30 March 1856 at the Congress of Paris, made the Black Sea neutral territory, closing it to all warships, and prohibiting ...

Guest article: “Russian demographics, winter or spring?”

Guest article:
On September 2nd, 2014, Masha Gessen published in the reference magazine New York Review of Books (NYR) an article with a provocative title, , illustrated by a lugubrious winter picture, taken in 1997 at the train station of a small town southwest of Moscow, Aprelevka. […] Between 1991 and 1999, the Russian birth rate collapsed, and ...

Guest article: “Germany moves to the right!”

Guest article:
State elections in Germany: right-wing-populist-party AfD enters three parliaments During the past weeks, Germans have often made fun of the Americans. “How can they vote for someone like Donald Trump?” German people would ask. And they cannot be blamed. The Republicans’ presidential candidate wants to forbid the entry in the United States to Muslims; he ...

Romania’s Stance in the Issue of the Refugees Crisis. Preliminary Observations. (revised edition)

Romania’s Stance in the Issue of the Refugees Crisis. Preliminary Observations. (revised edition)
The refugee crisis acted for all the Member States, and the European Union as such, as an indicator of the structural stress the European construction can endure. We have seen in the same both the worst and the best of European ideals put into practice. This crisis had also a similar effect on the Romanian ...

Country Report Romania 2016 (I)

Country Report Romania 2016 (I)
On 9 March 2016 I had the chance to take part to the conference dedicated to the Country Report Romania 2016 issued by the European Commission. It is an objective report although not a positive one. This report assesses Romania’s economy in the light of the European Commission’s 2016 Annual Growth Survey published on 26 ...

Happy Women’s Day!

Happy Women's Day!
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2016: Political priorities in Romania, Policy priorities in Moldova (I)

2016: Political priorities in Romania, Policy priorities in Moldova (I)
On February 9th I had the intellectual privilege to take part to the launch of the Expert Forum (EFOR) ANNUAL REPORT 2016: Political priorities in Romania, Policy priorities in Moldova. It had a timely appearance given the domestic political context in both of our countries. Subsequently I shall briefly present the main ideas of the report, a ...

Happy spring!

Happy spring!
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