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The war for public opinion over the Middle East is heating up between Moscow and Ankara. Since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on its border with Syria in late November, the recriminations have been flying. Each of these powers is accusing the other of playing Daesh’s game, one by supporting the moderate opposition, the other by propping up Syrian President Bas...
Recent polls indicate that more Swedes now want their country to join Nato than those who want it to remain outside the alliance. In the Swedish political landscape, this represents something of an earthquake, upsetting a traditional consensus on non-alignment. And it is the obvious result of mounting pressures from Russia. But Nato membership is likely far off – a...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Balkans entered turbulent waters which have still not calmed down 100 years since the First World War. Borders were the top priority for countries as new geographies were drafted and re-drafted. New countries were created and old ones dissolved. But unresolved ethnic issues have remained and the limited geography has been unable to digest such a heavy history. ...
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
European Union countries are using their veto to protect their national interests and block their neighbours’ aspirations to join. This could create a dangerous vacuum threatening Europe’s security. Turkey, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo are all falling foul of the European veto and Greece is wielding it in disputes with three of its four neighbours.