Europe & Russia

  • Situation report: Poland’s political crisis

    February 3, 2017

    Just 15 months into its term, Poland’s ruling Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) party is facing the largest political crisis the country has seen in years.

    The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, held its first session of 2017 on 11 January, but only after a seven-hour delay during which political leaders met to try and end a major crisis ...

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  • Brexit: What to expect

    February 3, 2017

    The U.K. voted to leave the European Union (E.U.) on 23 June 2016, and the indications in the months since have pointed to a clear separation – what the British media have dubbed a ‘hard Brexit’.

    The first step is to trigger the article in the Treaty of Lisbon, one of the E.U.’s foundational legislative texts, that allows for the withdrawal ...

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  • Trend Assessment: How big businesses are targeted by traffickers

    February 3, 2017

    The discovery of EUR50 million worth of cocaine in a Coca-Cola factory is symptomatic of a wider trend of major trafficking operations in the E.U.

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  • CROATIA: ‘Chocolategate’ threatens fragile relations with neighbours

    January 25, 2017

    Just before Christmas, the Croatian embassy in Slovenia sent employees of the Slovenian foreign ministry chocolate boxes to celebrate the upcoming holiday. However, the foreign ministry quickly returned the gifts in a bag with the words ‘I Feel Slovenia’, complaining that a map on the top of the boxes showed Piran Bay as being part of Croatia. The bay is the subject of a territorial dispute between the countries, both former Yugoslav republics, and has been an issue since 1991. Croatia withdrew from international arbitration on the issue in 2015, after a leaked tape revealed that a Slovenian judge on the tribunal had discussed how to influence the outcome with an employee of the Slovenian foreign ministry.

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