New Eastern Europe


The Problems for the Eurasian Economic Union Are Just Starting

Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty on the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on May 29. While Russia mainly hopes to increase its political clout, all three presidents realize how many difficulties they will have to overcome.

All (Ukrainian) Politics Are Local

Weeks ago, after heavy fighting in the southern city of Mariupol, local leaders brokered an agreement without the participation of Kyiv-based or regional authorities. Kyiv should move toward a new power-sharing deal or face more Mariupol-type solutions.

The Sanctions Crossroads

The first three months of U.S.-led sanctions did not cause yet deep-seated problems for Russian economy. Regardless, the stakes for Russia are very high. Like the proverbial ancient warrior, it is standing at a crossroads now.

Ukraine: Power to the Regions

  • Bruno Coppieters
Federalism for Ukraine constitutes a formidable challenge. But the risks involved remain acceptable—when faced with the threat of all-out civil war, a federation can still be judged a necessary compromise.

Wanted: A Ukraine Economy Impact Study

Ukraine looks set to sign a free trade deal with the European Union. However, the EU and Russia have fundamentally different ideas about what its impact will be. Now it is time for an independent study in order to fill out the political argument with some real economic data.

Ukraine After Elections: Sweat, Not Sweet

The “chocolate king” turned president is in no sweet position. More sweat is expected from Ukrainians as Poroshenko and the other key players must make hard choices.

Elections Mark the End of the Ukraine Conflict’s First Stage

The May 25 presidential vote has marked the end of the first phase of the Ukraine crisis, which will continue to reshape the global strategic landscape. For Russia important result of the crisis is pivot to Asia.

Anti-Fascism and Its Discontents

The message in Moscow is that Ukraine has been taken over by “Fascists” and neo-Nazis: if the enemies are Fascists, then all means for combatting them are acceptable.

Germany: A Leader or a Follower?

Germany is Europe’s sole emerging power, and potentially a power in Eurasia, and Ukraine is a good place to start working toward its new role. For starters, Germany needs to stop thinking of Ukraine as a U.S.-Russian issue, and assume responsibility there on behalf of the EU as a whole.

Russia and China: The Russian Liberals’ Revenge

Since the 1990s, warnings from Russian liberals that Western pressure would push Russia toward China have failed to materialize. Now, however, faced with U.S.-led geopolitical pressure in Eastern Europe and East Asia, Russia and China are likely to cooperate more closely.
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