IntelBrief: Special Delivery: With Long-Range Missiles Secured, Are Fighter Jets Next for Ukraine?
Long denied by Western allies, Ukraine has received a new long-range missile system from the United Kingdom, which is working with the Netherlands to procure F-16s on Ukraine’s behalf. The Storm Shadow cruise missile’s 300-kilometer range enables Ukraine to strike deep into Russian-controlled territory, placing the Russian Black Sea fleet’s …Read More »
Why was there unrest in the North of Kosovo and how does North Mitrovica differ from other municipalities?
With police brutality in the form of truncheons and spraying of tear gas in the eyes, the newly elected mayors of three municipalities in the northern part of Kosovo entered the buildings where they are supposed to establish their offices. Zubin Potok, Leposavić, Zvečan were the scene of unrest on …Read More »
“Vučić or Vučević – same party, different package”: What can be expected from the change in the top of SNS?
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, announced last night that he is stepping down from the leadership of the SNS, and Miloš Vučević , the current Minister of Defense, was elected as the new leader of the progressive party on Saturday. At the same time, Vučić announced the establishment of …Read More »
Why Is Hungary Inundating Europe with Freed People Smugglers?
Hungary is releasing hundreds of convicted people smugglers on condition they leave the country within 72 hours. Neighbouring countries are furious over an issue seen as another attempt to blackmail the EU over the freezing of billions in funds. On Monday, Austria announced the strengthening of border controls and summoned …Read More »
Bosnia Data Contradicts Croatian Claim about Migrant, Refugee ‘Readmissions’
Croatia says that a big jump in migrants and refugees being returned to Bosnia is thanks to Sarajevo finally implementing a bilateral ‘readmissions’ deal. Data from Bosnia suggests otherwise. Croatia has been sending migrants and refugees back to Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2017 on the basis of a bilateral agreement …Read More »
DEMOCRACY DIGEST: EU MISSION TO HUNGARY SEES NO REASON TO UNFREEZE FUNDS
Elsewhere, Polish parties try to outdo each other over child handouts; the media is in the headlines in Czechia; and Slovakia’s new technocratic government gets to work. Afact-finding delegation of the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee left Budapest this week with concerns that the Hungarian government is not doing enough …Read More »
Experts, Opposition in Serbia Alarmed by Leaked Hungarian Energy ‘Offer’
A leaked proposal by Hungary’s MVM Group that would see Serbia cede much of its hydropower resources has been seized on by the Serbian opposition and energy experts as another damaging consequence of the close ties between the countries’ leaders. Energy experts and opposition politicians in Serbia are accusing the …Read More »
The West and its Arab Partners are Heading for a Collision on Syria Policy
With Bashar al-Assad having outlasted his armed opponents, Syria’s neighbours have long since given up on trying to oust him. As Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab states normalise their relations with Damascus and welcome the Syrian strongman to his first Arab League summit in 13 years, Syria is …Read More »
China and Russia, Targets at G7 Summit, Draw Closer to Fend Off West
Beijing and Moscow are holding visits this week as alarm grows in China that Western countries backing Ukraine are turning their attention to Asia. When Russian troops poured into Ukraine over a year ago, many experts foresaw a strategic windfall for China, with the United States distracted again by a …Read More »