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The recent conflict over Turkish drilling vessels exploring for oil in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus has triggered another wave of debates between Turkey and the European Union. For Turkey, membership or non-membership in the EU has long passed the political and economic format, having developed into a nationwide dilemma. In brief, the story began in 1963, when Turkey, following the commandment of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, wished that Turkey would become part of the “circle of advanced countries”, became a state associated with the forerunner of the EU - the European Economic Community.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 21-06-2019, 10:42
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The race for President of the European Commission has got under way. According to the rules which are questioned by many in the European Union but have so far enjoyed majority support in the European Parliament, the new head of the “executive branch” of the European Union will be elected from among the “top candidates” (Spitzenkandidat) - those nominated by European parties which have factions in the European Parliament. A candidate will finally become President of the European Commission after he receives support from EU leaders in the European Council (the Council is currently headed by former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, known for his paranoic attitude towards Russia) – this procedure should be over in June.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 7-06-2019, 12:47
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By the end of last year, the Turkish economy had slipped into a technical recession, boosting in 12 months by only 2.6%, despite the fact that a year ago the government expected GDP to grow by 3.8%. The slowdown is particularly striking against the background of sustainable development over the past seven years: in 2010, the country's GDP grew by 8.5%, in 2011 - by 11.1%, in 2012 - by 4.8%, in 2013 - by 8.5%, in 2014 - by 5.2%, in 2015 - by 6.1%, in 2016 - by 3.2% and in 2017 - by 7.4% [i] This trend has turned Turkey into one of the fastest developing economies, earning it 17th position worldwide in nominal GDP and 13th in the GDP value regarding purchasing power parity.
The ruling government in Poland, formed following the victory of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), could bring up the issue of Poland’s withdrawal from the EU. A statement to this effect was made by President of the European Council Donald Tusk during his recent visit to his native Poland. Shortly afterwards the 250,000-strong march in Warsaw of supporters of the ruling party and nationalists opposed to Tusk further divided the society.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 17-11-2018, 22:39
  • Views: 253
The issue of paying compensation to European countries, which fell victim to the Nazi aggression, is gradually becoming one of the gravest on the EU agenda. The compensation issue is high on the agenda of Polish and Greek politicians, including the presidents of Poland and Greece. Although these countries do not openly reveal their hostile feelings towards Germany, it is clear that the current differences within the European Union have been triggered by the idea of collecting hundreds of billions of euros in "underpaid" reparations.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 6-11-2018, 15:52
  • Views: 278
The recent turmoil over Idlib has pushed the developments in Syrian Kurdistan out of political and mass media spotlight. However, it’s Idlib that will most likely host the final act of the drama, which has become known as the “civil war in Syria”.
As the US sanction pressure on Russia intensifies, the US economic and political competition with their most important economic partner, China, is noticeably getting more fierce. Simultaneously, Washington has been exchanging direct and indirect economic strikes with Turkey and the EU. (In the case of the European Union, an exchange of blows occurs in connection with Washington’s threat to punish European companies that are set to ignore the US ban on cooperation with Iran.)
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 17-08-2018, 12:44
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Following the advent of NATO forces (KFOR) to Kosovo in the summer of 1999, the province evolved into a gangster paradise, a territory used by the European mafia as a base for organized crime and a gigantic drug-trafficking hub. Most of the criminal activities in Kosovo play out within the local family clans who control the area. Every clan being essentially a community of relatives, stays insulated from the outside world. According to competent Serbian sources, Kosovo is divided into three criminal zones.

The friendship of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former NATO Balkan mission commander Gen. Wesley Clark with Hashim Thaçi and the warmest feelings of the two towards the Kosovo guerrilla commander-turned-premier are an open secret. Admittedly, both  Albright and Clark have never had any regrets about the NATO decision to pound Yugoslavian cities and villages with the stated goal of saving Kosovo Albanians from alleged persecution. Albright had to reply a number of times about her emotions in the course of the Allied Force offensive. She bluntly reiterated in an interview to The Huffington Post her firm belief that everything was done right in March, 1999, and even added a passage about being sorry that the campaign had not been launched earlier.

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  • Date: 7-07-2014, 09:32
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Washington knew it could rely on its partners in Kosovo such as the province's nationalist writers and former youth communist organization leaders, but still needed desperados, preferably with connections in the Albanian diaspora in Europe and overseas, to keep a tight grip on the local “liberation movement”. Hashim Thaçi from Drenica was the first to be invited to join the project. A thorough description of the character can be found in a paper published in Belgrade-based Farti (1). He was born in 1969, attended the University of Pristina, admired the totalitarian socialist model of the neighboring Albania and was involved in organizing a radical Marxist circle. Thaçi graduated in 1991, and, the same year, became a member of the Drenica guerrilla group which subsequently emerged as the core of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

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  • Date: 6-07-2014, 19:30
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