The new phase of the Belt and Road Initiative- framed as a threat

The new phase of the Belt and Road Initiative- framed as a threat

Some Western critics project the Belt and Road Initiative and its projects as being “non-transparent”, “undermining EU regulations” and supporting “illiberal regimes in Eastern Europe”. As a result, there has been a move from rhetorical criticism to a “call for action” against Belt and Road projects, such as an appeal for stricter regulations and imposing […]

Cooperation in Europe

Cooperation in Europe

The following study is about the current state of affairs in Europe which is characterized by  lack of conflict and successful political-economic cooperation. This case is puzzling and unique since most of the European history, especially after the birth of the modern state, has been shaped by violence and short-term,  unstable alliances that served only […]

Is The United Kingdom essential to the existence of the European Union?

There are only two ways in which the European experiment could end

Is The United Kingdom essential to the existence of the European Union?

Since before the Brexit referendum the issue of a possible dismantling of the European Union was repeatedly raised, especially in the foreign press, in the event that the United Kingdom voted “YES”. It’s an apocalyptic scenario that has a basis in the fact that in some EU Member States, euro-skeptic groups with varying degrees of […]

Moldavia’s EU Road, the New National Project for Romania

Moldavia’s EU Road, the New National Project for Romania

As a young Romanian child raised and educated between the end of the 90’s and the start of the new millennium, my parents and my school teachers were always telling me and my colleagues that the reunification of Romania and Bessarabia (Republic of Moldova’s original name) is just a question of time and patience. But […]

The rationale behind NATO’s reorientation towards Central and Eastern Europe

The rationale behind NATO’s reorientation towards Central and Eastern Europe

The current crisis in Ukraine has offered the opportunity to the “NATO-skeptics” on the one hand to criticize again the Alliance of passivity, on the other hand to renew their convictions towards a weak NATO. The emergence of skepticism was favored by a few years in which the Alliance’s ability to respond, especially during crisis […]

France, geography and geopolitics

France, geography and geopolitics

Geographically France is a blessed country, factor which partially explains its crucial role in Europe’s history since the founding of the Frankish Kingdom in the Early Middle Ages. It has few to no geographic barriers, characteristic which – with perhaps the exception of Brittany in the north-west – facilitated social cohesion and the realization of […]

An optimal economic development vision for Romania must have people at its core

An optimal economic development vision for Romania must have people at its core

Recently, the World Bank has carried out a series of studies focusing on Romania’s sustainable and inclusive regional development. These analyses were completed within the framework of a technical assistance project for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration. One of these studies focuses on the drivers of economic growth and, specifically, on what […]

Power Struggles inside the EU: Expenditure Policy

Power Struggles inside the EU: Expenditure Policy

For the common people of Europe, the EU budget appears to be full of negative connotations. It is a threatening concept because it indirectly implies a possible loss of sovereignty, fiscal independence and eventually identity of the Member States. This negative perception is the result of the EU not being in the spotlight of domestic […]