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By: Smaranda Predescu     The last G7 summit in Schloss Elmau was hailed a success for tackling climate change, but it cannot claim the same glory for its approach to Russia. Unceremoniously uninvited and shamed out of the golden circle of global leaders, Russia saw itself, once again, excluded from former status. Evidently, there are...

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Looking at the Grey Zone in Russia

May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Katerina Tertytchnaya is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation, generally, examines hybrid political regimes in Russia. Below, Katerina talks with us about her research.   What is the main idea(s) of your research? My work looks at ‘grey zone’ or hybrid political systems – that is, systems...

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By: Emily Tamkin Follow @emilyctamkin     I learnt of Finnish-Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen last month because I came across Luke Harding’s Guardian profile of her, written in anticipation of the UK publication of her latest novel, When the Doves Disappeared. I pre-ordered the book through the Guardian’s online store because the profile painted a...

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By: Emily Tamkin Follow @emilyctamkin     This weekend marks the seventieth anniversary of what is known in Russia as Victory Day, elsewhere on the continent as Europe Day, and in the United States as Victory in Europe Day. It is recongised throughout the world as the day that the Second World War ended in...

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Can We Trust Politicians to Do Anything?

April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Cameron Westwood Follow @CameronWestwood   One word being bandied about a lot in the current election campaign is ‘trust’. Ed Balls recently said, ‘don’t trust Tories on VAT after election’; The Sunday Express told us not to trust Labour to manage the economic recovery; Wales Office Minister Jenny Randerson said neither the Conservatives nor Labour can...

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Letter from the Editors

March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Reader, We know. We know! You came here today for a piece on the latest policies of Poland, or stories of Serbia, or ponderings on Portugal, not for this letter. But we have our reasons for interrupting your regularly scheduled EUspeak post. Firstly, because it is the last week of term here at Oxford,...

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By: Mitjo Vaulasvirta (guest contributor) Mitjo Vaulasvirta is a doctoral (DPhil) candidate in Sociology at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Follow him on Twitter: @MitjoVau.   Timo Soini, co-founder and long-serving leader of the Eurosceptic Finns party (formerly known as the True Finns), may well know more about populism than anyone else in Finland. He is a...

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Reflections on the Copenhagen Shootings

March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

 By: Tine Nansen Paulsen       There is something utterly strange about being abroad when catastrophe strikes in your home country. You feel both the distance and the connection more intensely. I have no Earth-shattering new perspective on what happened in Copenhagen on 14 February. But I can give you reflections from a Dane outside...

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By: Paul Christian Sander (guest contributor) Paul Christian Sander is a Master of Philosophy (an MPhil) candidate in Russian and East European Studies at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.   Having read the headline of the present article, the interested reader might wonder: “Who are the Meskhetian Turks?” and, “What promise have they been waiting for to...

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A Separate Peace?

February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

By: Katherine Karmen Trujillo (guest contributor) Katherine Karmen Trujillo is a master of laws (an LLM) candidate in gender, conflict, and human rights and a Mitchell Scholar at Ulster University.   This April marks seventeen years since the Good Friday Agreement formally ended one of Europe’s longest-running sectarian conflicts. Lauded as a model for peace processes around the...

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