Relations between the United States and Serbia today are wider and deeper than they have ever been in the 135 years since the U.S. first recognized the Kingdom of Serbia as a sovereign, independent nation
Concerns over rule of law and corruption, plus enlargement fatigue, meant the six countries got little from the Sofia summit. Keep waiting in line, but don’t expect the door to open any time soon. That was the message delivered on 17th May to the six Western Balkan states hoping to join the EU
Because China has a higher export-to-GDP ratio than the US, its leaders are more concerned with defending the global trading system than with preserving any particular bilateral balance. By eschewing escalation in response to the Trump administration's widening tariffs on its exports, China avoids jeopardizing the system.
The EU – and the eurozone, in particular – are now facing a serious political challenge, exemplified by the outcome of Italy’s recent election. Are European institutions strong enough to confront that challenge, or must EU leaders rethink – and potentially recast – the pillars of cooperation?
The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is over and while people are still amazed, we should remember that the games have been affected by the ongoing tensions between South Korea and North Korea — including the ongoing missile crisis in the region. It was only in January 2018, after their first high-level talks in over two years that North Korea agreed to participate in the games
According to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Report, progress toward gender equality eroded last year. For the first time since 2006, when the annual employment study was launched, the percentage of women working in most industries shifted “into reverse.” The slide was particularly acute for women in software and technology development
A partially recovered but substantially more firmly-orientated negotiating Europe meets new members who, despite changes for the better, have tendencies common to pupils who have to re-sit exams. This is a combination that reserves a bit of room for optimism, but also for the question of why (if at all) lessons are learned with such difficulties in the Western Balkans
The collapse of Germany’s coalition talks is the latest shock to hit Europe. No one saw it coming. Of course the blow is of a different nature from the banking crisis, the war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis, Brexit, Trump, Poland and Hungary’s democratic backsliding, or Catalan secessionism. Germany’s politics look upended but the fundamentals are still in place: the postwar democratic set-up is hardly under threat
The crisis in Catalonia and the resilience of European populists have made a well-functioning Franco-German partnership more important than ever. But if the European project is going to have any chance of surviving, the gap between German prudence and French audacity will have to be bridged.
After weeks of crises during which the government in Barcelona showed the ugly face of separatism, while the government in Madrid showed the ugly face of power, it is tough to see how Spain could utilise some negotiated solution to emerge from this worst political crisis in the last four decades
For Europe to find its place in a rapidly changing world, its citizens will have to look beyond the nation-state as their sole source of personal identity. There are few “first nations” left in the world today – and that is a welcome development
The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly will continue for weeks to come. But the main highlight of the session wraps up on 25th September, with the final speeches given by delegates as part of the General Debate
When Angela Merkel took the initiative to establish what was to become known as the Berlin Process in 2014, she was prompted to do so by Jean-Claude Juncker’s very clear statements on the Commission’s intention to pause the enlargement process over the course of their five-year mandate
When we talk about Serbia’s strategic foreign policy goal of becoming an EU member, we always emphasise that this goal is actually a means of advancing the lives of citizens and improving the society in which we live
According to mainstream economic theory, globalization tends to “lift all boats,” and has little effect on the broad distribution of incomes. But “globalization” is not the same as the elimination of tariffs and other import barriers that confer rent-seeking advantages to politically influential domestic producers.
The digital economy is carving out new divides between capital and labour, by allowing one firm, or a small number of firms, to capture an increasingly large market share. With “superstar” companies operating globally and dominating markets in multiple countries simultaneously, market concentration throughout the Group of 20 developed and major emerging economies has increased considerably in just the past 15 years