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

By Nolan Theisen. Photo|
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.

Solidarity with refugees Is not exclusively reserved for the “West”

20. May 2016  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Migration  |  Opinions

In recent months, the Slovak government has been strongly criticized by EU-member states for its anti-migration attitude and European media have commented on the refusal to take in 800 refugees via the EU relocation scheme. Slovakia – along with other Visegrad (V4) countries – has been accused of failing to show solidarity with other member states and standing by in this crisis.

Geopolitical confusion in Central Europe

By Milan Šuplata. Photo: Miroslav Petrasko | Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
19. Apr 2016  |  Central Europe  |  Slovakia  |  Opinions

Spread of illiberalism, extremism and nationalism – exacerbated by a massive Russia-orchestrated anti-Western propaganda campaign – recently became a non-negligible feature of the Central Europe’s political landscape. The public – despite the fact that life in this region has become more prosperous, free and secure than ever before – remains disoriented with regard to its own geopolitical embeddedness.

A View from Central Europe: Germany and V4 moving further apart?

By Krzysztof Blusz, Paweł Zerka, Pavol Demeš and Michal Vít. Photo: Government of the Czech Republic  
29. Feb 2016  |  Central Europe  |  V4, Germany  |  Opinions

A few days before the EU summit on migration crisis on 7 March, German chancellor Angela Merkel is still committed to find a joint EU approach to the refugee crisis, and to making the deal with Turkey work.

The spies who protect the Russian bear

By Filip Tuček. Photo:
22. Feb 2016  |  Russia  |  Opinions

When Vladimir Putin succeeded Sergei Stepashin as Prime Minister in 1999, he was the third former high-ranking KGB officer in a row to lead the Russian government. By the end of the year, President Boris Yeltsin – in poor health and politically weak – announced his resignation and pointed to Mr. Putin as his successor. Thus, with the new millennium, a new chapter in Russia’s history has begun; a chapter, where former intelligence officers play a crucial role.

The Dire Straits of Brexit: Potential implications for the EU, UK, and V4

By Christian Schweiger, Frank Markovic, Tomas A. Nagy. Photo: UK Prime Minister' Office on flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
19. Feb 2016  |  European Union  |  Opinions

Towards the ´inevitable´ referendum

Chill winds in Central Europe

On 4-6 December 2015, Slovak Chateau Bela welcomed over 40 high-profile policy makers from around Europe to openly discuss the current security challenges for Europe. Edward Lucas, a journalist and senior editor at the Economist, reflects on the debates at the Chateau Bela Central European Strategic Forum 2015.

How (not) to reform Ukraine

By Ivan Mikloš. Photo credit: Petro Poroshenko, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
30. Nov 2015  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Ukraine  |  Opinions

The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers is to submit the draft 2016 state budget together with the draft tax reform to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) by December 2015. The original draft 2016 state budget bill was rescinded in September, in part in response to a heated debate regarding the Tax Code. There are two competing proposals – one by the Ministry of Finance, the other by the Parliament Tax Committee. On the eve of the announcement of the crucial decisions, Ivan Mikloš compares the two proposals and comments on the tax reform process in Ukraine.

Countering Kremlin’s Information War

By Jakub Tomášek. Photo credit: Jaime Silva, licensed by CCBY-NC-ND 2.0.
13. Oct 2015  |  Security and Defence  |  Russia  |  Opinions

With the end of the Cold War, imagery of decrepit Russian warships driven ashore on remote peninsulas, an unpaid conscript army, and low morale characterized the country’s public coverage. But during the period of underfunding of physical capability, Russia focused its efforts on information and other non-kinetic levers.

NATO enlargement: Will Warsaw deliver?

By Wojciech Lorenz and Mário Nicolini. Photo credit: US government works
13. Oct 2015  |  Security and Defence  |  Opinions, Studies

In a completely new security context after Russian agression against Ukraine NATO is reviewing all fundamental principles, which has driven its decisions over the last two decades. Enlargement, the Alliance’s primary policy to realise the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace, should be — and has been — no exception.