Europe & Russia

  • The Fifa World Cup in Russia: A poisoned chalice

    January 2, 2018

    In 2018, Russia will host one of the most-watched sports events in the world: the Fifa World Cup. A total of 32 national teams will compete in 64 games to decide the winner. However, among the excitement lie major political and security concerns that Russia will struggle to address.

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  • Theresa May, isolated but irreplaceable

    November 30, 2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May is vulnerable and isolated as the U.K. comes closer to her self-imposed December deadline to begin trade talks with the E.U. over post-Brexit trade. But without a challenger, she looks set to remain in office for at least two more years.

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  • Case Study: Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s Boy King?

    October 24, 2017

    Austria’s two main parties have shared power in grand coalitions for over a decade. But now the conservative ÖVP is poised to bring the country further right.

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  • Case study: Putin’s Crimean ambitions

    September 12, 2017

    President Vladimir Putin is championing a bridge connecting Russia’s mainland to the Crimean Peninsula, de jure a part of Ukraine but de facto a separatist territory now controlled by Moscow. The bridge is not only a highly ambitious feat of engineering that could disrupt shipping, but also demonstrates that Russia will not relinquish its claim to the peninsula in the foreseeable future. 

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  • CZECH REPUBLIC: ‘Czech Donald Trump’ remains popular despite scandals

    September 12, 2017

    On 6 September, the Czech parliament voted to strip Andrej Babiš, the Slovak-born billionaire businessman and former finance minister, of his parliamentary immunity in order for police to charge him with fraud.

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