Southeast Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: Is Moldova’s new election system a threat to democracy?

Dumitru Alaiba of the Policy and Reform Center and Natalia Otel Belan of the Center for International Private Enterprise June 26, 2017

Electoral reforms ahead of Moldova's 2018 general election appear to be an attempt at gerrymandering and will contribute to the country's slide into authoritarianism.

COMMENT: Kosovo’s guns versus its roses

Alex Young in Belgrade June 7, 2017

The parties of the Kosovo Liberation Army old guard will face those who once advocated peaceful resistance against Serbia in Kosovo's June 11 election.

COMMENT: Can Romania become Europe's energy security hub in shared partnership with China and the West?

Alexey Golovin of KMG International May 29, 2017

Given its great asset base, Romania has the potential to become a Black Sea energy hub and a bridge between East and West.

Was the Turkish referendum vote rigged?

Ben Aris in Berlin April 17, 2017

Opposition claims at least 1.5mn votes should be disallowed, which if upheld would be enough to reverse the narrow lead held by President Erdogan.

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Conradi asks pertinently, “Who Lost Russia?”

Nicholas Watson in Prague March 21, 2017

The writing is solid, embellished with great detail and research, giving some new information here, reminding of some forgotten nugget there, though it lacks any penetrating new insight or revelation.