Future of Schengen

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26. May 2017  |  European Union, Migration

“There is only one Europe – I saw it through the window of the plane”, Lech Wałęsa once said. While he likely did not have the Schengen zone in mind, these are still fitting words to describe the borderless plane of the European continent. There is no better symbol of European unity than the Schengen zone.

Migration politics and policies in Central Europe

19. May 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe, Migration

With the number of migrants and refugees knocking on Europe’s doors relatively stable, there is now a sense of relief at the EU political level. In several summits held in 2016, EU leaders confrmed a shift in their focus from internal and structural to external and security dimensions of the migration challenge. 

Nord Stream 2: the Gazprom pipeline accelerating the reconfiguration of European gas flows

By Nolan Theisen. Photo|tomtunguz.com
5. May 2017  |  Energy, European Union  |  Opinions

Following the cancellation of South Stream, Nord Stream 2 (NS2) represents Gazprom’s last opportunity to effectively bypass Ukraine entirely for continental European deliveries, a troubling development in Brussels. At the same time, it offers a direct line to western European markets with declining indigenous production and an abundance of LNG regasification capacity, representing Gazprom’s marginal competitor.

Recent Changes in Refugee-Related Policies in Hungary

By Attila Juhász and Edit Zgut. Photo by Kamil Porembinski | Flickr licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Hungary is still a transit country, not a final destination for asylum-seekers. The government’s approach has been based on securitisation of its policies and rhetoric. The already elevated level of xenophobia in Hungary increased further as a consequence of governmental anti-migrant campaigns and political actions in recent months. The Hungarian government uses the refugee issue consciously to transform the political system.

Czech migration discourse and policy: fuelling the fire

By Tomáš Jungwirth.Photo by Moyan Brenn | Flickr licensed by CC BY 2.0

Although the European refugee crisis has not had a material impact on the number of asylum requests in the Czech Republic, there are notable ramifications in its wake, particularly with the escalation of public debate. As of spring 2017, the political focus has shifted towards labor migrants who are on one hand in high demand on the Czech job market but at the same time ostracized and denounced as criminals. The Ministry of Interior has launched an initiative aimed to substantially curb migrants’ rights. This constitutes a part of the campaign for the general elections held this October, yet how high migration-related topics will rise on the public agenda ahead of the vote remains to be seen.

Foreign Policy Strategy of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute

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The beginning of the end of the EU-Russia geopolitical gas drama

By Nolan Theisen. Photo: Flickr|Bilfinger SE, licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0.
14. Feb 2017  |  Energy, European Union

After years of mostly unrivaled gas market dominance and segmentation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the energy relationship between Gazprom and the region is gradually equalizing thanks to successful market liberalization and integration in Europe. Greater diversification has exposed Gazprom to competition, forcing it to adjust its pricing mechanisms and revise its export strategy to maintain market share. Evidence of this can be found just last year, when Gazprom recorded its highest volume of exports to Europe ever.

Cracks Appearing

By Milan Nič. Photo: Reuters|Laszlo Balogh.
25. Jan 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Central Europe

Viktor Orbán has been in preaching mode recently. Hungary’s prime minister no longer complains about Germany’s “moral imperialism,” as he did at the peak of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. He now enthusiastically frames 2017 as “a year of revolt” within the EU: He sees the upcoming series of crucial elections in Western European countries as a great opportunity to get rid of their old political elites, hoping for an end to the liberal order in Europe – and for a greater role for a new elite, one in tune with his ideas.

Security in Europe from a Visegrad viewpoint

On December 9th, GPI Research Fellow Tomáš A.

GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative discussed in Brussels

December 1, 2016 saw the presentation of the GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative (GIRI) report Reforming Tran