For the first time ever, Gazprom officially expressed interest in using the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to deliver Russian gas to Europe. During the European Gas Conference in Vienna, on January 24, Gazprom deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said that Russia’s upstream capacity is sufficient to export more than 100 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year of extra gas to Europe, but it faces an...

Mercantilism vs Global Free Trade International economic relations have not been only bringing considerable advantages for each and every country during the globalizing decades, but also easily become a means to manipulate politics for populists, such as the new United States President Donald Trump. Mercantilism, a policy to increase a country’s exports to the point when they exceed its imports, has...

The intrigue around the Russian-Belarusian strategic drills “Zapad-2017”, which was announced in advanced to be held in autumn on Belarusian soil increase with each passing day.  And recent public explanation of the Commander in Chief of the Belarusian Armed Forces Alexander Lukashenka did not bring clarity about these war games. According to him, they are ordinary joint strategic...

In the first month of 2017, Tajikistan witnessed a major dismissal accompanied by an (un)expected appointment within the ranks of power. The mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan`s capital city, was sacked by a Presidential decree. Had such a case happened in a Western country, it would have beenacceptedas something quite ordinary, especially if the dismissed person had served 20 years in office. But in...

In the early days of the current year, the ambassadors of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Germany collectively wrote a petition asking German media to stop referring to the above-mentioned nations as “former Soviet countries”. The issue had been prompted by the Soviet Legacy column on the German news portal Die Zeit.   The Facebook page of Latvia`s embassy in...

Moldova`s newly elected president Igor Dodon paid his first official visit to Transnistria and held talks with Vadim Krasnoselsky, the head of the breakaway region, on January 4. The information was provided by Dodon on his Facebook account. According to Moldovan leader, he congratulated Vadim Krasnoselsky on his win in the December Presidential election, discussed a wide range of various issues,...

  The calculations of geopolitical strategists in Minsk, which suggested that the Belarusian-Georgian relations will receive a new impetus after Lukashenka`s visit to Tbilisi last year seem to come true.       The recent official visit of Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, to Tbilisi is intended to be such an impetus. Until now, Georgia had been the only country in the...

Who would have thought that Coca-Cola’s expulsion from Bolivia in 2012 would be the beginning of a historical demise of U. S. foreign policy influence not only in South America but also in Southern Caucasus and South East European regions as Washington’s staggering absence in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Syrian War, Crimean - Ukrainian crisis and its diplomatic incident with the Philippine...

  On its integration journey to the European Union institutions, Serbia is undertaking strenuous efforts; however, it has exhumed more rhetoric than real reforms. Unfortunately, its recent past is present with all of its reminiscences. The country embodies a series of challenges that must be addressed by its government over the coming years and decades. Among all of these obstacles appears to be the...

  Every time that Albania is a step closer to the European Union there is a political tension in Tirana. Main political sides splatter their black gloves against each other just like medieval knights who are getting ready for a fight.  The local media is raising hypothetical clouds full of amateur statements on the positions that are "in favor” or "against” integration. ...

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