Russia – France relations: The fools of the Georgia war

By Tita Aver | 18 January 2011

Many remember the European Union presidency of French leader Sarkozy and its strong management of the Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008. During one summer, the EU seemed at last to act like a global player. Yet some analysts suggest that the influence of France and the EU on the solution of the crisis was clearly overrated.

Why do Belarusians go to Western countries to study?

By Tatsiana Hurynovich | 6 January 2011

According to statistics, Belarusians tend to leave their country to study in Western countries. They also seem to prefer European universities. Belarusian authorities are doing everything to encourage students to study "at home". But how is this care expressed?

Serbia’s Bid For EU Membership: A Progress Report

By Mathilde Bonneau | 4 January 2011

Serbia is getting closer and closer to an official candidacy for EU membership. It is now waiting for the Commission to give the green light in 2011. In the meantime, one may read the Progress Report which reviews the situation. True, Serbia has made strong steps so far, but at least two strides are needed: the arrest of war criminals Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić, and above all, a more constructive attitude towards Kosovo.

A Second St Malo for European defence?

By Valentin Kreilinger | 21 December 2010

In 1998, the Franco-British compromise marked the revival of a European defence policy. The United Kingdom agreed to stop vetoing every EU proposition in the field of defence, France acknowledged the role of NATO, both countries were in favour of a European "autonomous capacity of action". The new Franco-British cooperation initiated in early November does not look like such a move, but rather like a strict bilateral tie. What lessons can the European partners learn from this?

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Nouvelle Europe's 2017

By Balázs Gyimesi | January 4 2018

As the New Year begins, it is time to look back at what we achieved in 2017. For Nouvelle Europe, 2017 was a year of successful conferences, numerous articles and four, widely read dossiers on diverse topics.