Once close allies, Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia are now taking different sides towards Russia. Yet in energy terms, they face the same challenge.
- World-renowned philosopher Jürgen Habermas reflects on the West’s dilemma in framing its political and military response to Putin’s war on Ukraine
- Yes, liberal democracies do need to build up a cohesive alliance to counter the threats – militarily and in the war of ideas – that are posed by aggressive authoritarianism, but without falling into two dangerous pitfalls – the author of How Democracies Die warns: to inadvertently bring all illiberal regimes into a united geopolitical front, and to think that the threat of personalistic despotism is just somewhere “out there”, and not also within the fragile corps of Western democracies themselves.
- Hungarians head to polls this Sunday, in a most degratated democratic framework. Hid from view by mainstream media, opposition candidate Márki-Zay struggles to compete.
- Political, economic and cultural factors are influencing the positioning of African countries, and citizens, towards the conflict. Here’s how.
- Patriarch Kirill’s full embracing of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is fuelling an outright rebellion among priests and bishops – not just in Ukraine.
- A joint statement on “limitless friendship” between Russia and China looks old after just one month, as Beijing reconsiders its geopolitical stance in light of its dearest foreign policy princples. An analysis by Prof. Sean Golden
- A dramatic testimony and warning to Europe from Kyiv
- Putin’s particular blend of civic and ethnic nationalism that has driven his expansionist territorial claims have no basis in international law and within Russia itself.