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Energy cooperation between Turkey and Russia has ramped up in recent years. If it grows any closer, it could threaten EU interests, especially the key Southern Gas Corridor project. But Turkey's own interests are also at risk if its dependence on Russian gas supplies grows. The question is whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will prioritize diversification – and therefore cooperation with the EU and Azerbaijan – or placating his domestic political allies.
Dr. Frank Umbach
redrawing of national borders and creation of multiethnic states ended the bloody
ethnic wars of the late 20th century in the Western Balkans. But two decades
later, this model is under strain. One way to extend its life could be through
regional unions that reconnect the dispersed Serbian and Albanian nations.
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
A quarter of a century since the fall of Communism, the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – remain among the most underdeveloped parts of Europe. The absence of foreign direct investment (FDI) has hobbled the transition of these six countries from central planning to a free market economy. This situation po...