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Portugal is a major geographical link in the European leg of China’s New Silk Road project (NSR). A visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Lisbon on December 4-5, 2018 produced seventeen cooperation agreements thereby reaffirming the two parties' readiness to expand economic partnership. China is Portugal’s top trading partner in Asia, with bilateral trade steadily on the rise amounting to $5.6 billion in 2017.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 9-04-2019, 13:08
  • Views: 205
​Economic downturn; recession of plans and initiatives; systematically ignored calls for a fiscal and monetary justice for all; €-crisis; Brexit and irredentism in the UK, Spain, Belgium, France, Denmark and Italy; lasting instability in the Euro-Med theatre (debt crisis of the Europe’s south – countries scrutinized and ridiculed under the nickname PIGS, coupled with the failed states all over the MENA); terrorism; historic low with Russia along with a historic trans-Atlantic blow with Trump; influx of predominantly Muslim refugees from Levant in numbers and configurations unprecedented since the WWII exoduses; consequential growth of far-right parties who – by peddling reductive messages and comparisons – are exploiting fears of otherness, that are now amplified with already urging labour and social justice concerns; generational unemployment and socio-cultural anxieties, in ricochet of the Sino-US trade wars… The very fundaments of Europe are shaking.​
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 5-04-2019, 13:22
  • Views: 174
During NATO's aggression, the Yugoslav ground forces consisted of three armies. The First army defended the central and northern parts of Serbia, the Second army, based in Podgorica, controlled the western part of Serbia and all areas of Montenegro, and the Third army, with headquarters in Nis, operated in the southern part of Serbia, including Kosovo and Metohija. The Third army, led by its legendary commander, General Nebojša Pavković, bore the brunt of the enemy attacks during the aggression. General Pavkovic was the chief strategist of military operations in the part of Serbia that came under particularly heavy bombardments from the air, attacks from Albania, and raids from Albanian terrorists.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 26-03-2019, 13:00
  • Views: 257
Russia is ramping up natural gas exports to Europe. In 2018, Gazprom delivered a record 201.8 billion cubic meters of gas - 3.8 percent, or 7.4 billion cubic meters more than it did in 2017. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller disclosed these figures during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on March 12. Apparently worried by this hard fact, a number of EU countries and institutions, as well as Washington, are trying to economically pressure key buyers of Russian gas to stop doing business with Moscow and prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines.​
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 20-03-2019, 12:03
  • Views: 297
The Greater Albania project, which dates back to the 19th century is an idea of the unification of all Albanians into one state. Namely, the Prizren League then demanded the recognition of the national identity of Albanians and the autonomy of Albania within the Ottoman Empire. Today, Albanians live in two countries Albania and Kosovo* and in neighboring countries Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Greece.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 13-03-2019, 12:03
  • Views: 363

Nearly three years have passed since the Brexit referendum. As the UK’s exit from the EU scheduled for March 29 draws nearer, there have been proposed four scenarios as to what course further developments could follow: ratification of the agreement and an organized withdrawal, exit without agreement, postponement of the withdrawal and of the signing of the agreement, revocation of the signing of the agreement and non-exit from the EU. During the discussion organized by the Russian Council on International Affairs, the experts focused on how these scenarios could affect the UK and the European Union.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 6-03-2019, 12:07
  • Views: 269
Over the recent years we have observed a significant increase in the use of ICT-instruments to disseminate specially prepared content to achieve malicious political and economic goals. Many experts explicitly claim that ICT-instruments have increased manifold the capabilities to achieve objectives by non-military means. Confirmed are the predictions of competent experts that the new ICTs allow oneself to fight directly at the level of consciousness.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 19-02-2019, 11:29
  • Views: 211
In 1949, Turkey became the first Muslim country to recognize the State of Israel. Territorial disputes with Iraq (Ankara claims the Mosul region as Turkish territory) and with neighboring Syria (which has never recognized Alexandretta Sanjak, Hatayt vilayet’s joining Turkey after WWI) necessitated a search for a regional ally. Moreover, the long-simmering conflict with Greece and accusations of the Armenian genocide had threatened to cut off the supply of high technologies and weapons from Western countries. Therefore, Israel has from the very outset been a major supplier of such advanced technologies and weapons to Turkey.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 14-02-2019, 10:41
  • Views: 261
On January 15, the British MPs cast their ballots on the Agreement on the British Withdrawal from the EU, which T. May had reached with Brussels [1] - “Plan A”. The government lost the vote [2]. On January 29 they voted on the government ‘s "plan B". In fact, the Cabinet did not suggest anything new, having added a number of concessions for EU citizens in Britain, and abolishing the registration fee for them.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 7-02-2019, 11:06
  • Views: 232
A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU: The WTO Round is dead, trade wars are alive, GCC is rapidly Pakistanising while the Asia’s core and Far East slows down. No comfort either comes from the newest Oxfam Report - Are 26 billionaires worth more than half the planet?, which the ongoing Davos Vanity Fair known as the WEF tries to ignore. The Brexit after-shock is still to reverberate around.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 29-01-2019, 12:33
  • Views: 258