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Thursday, 1. April 2012     1 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
Researcher - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
Some of the presidential campaign posters, France, April 2012. Photo: radiowood2000, Flickr commons Some of the presidential campaign posters, France, April 2012. Photo: radiowood2000, Flickr commons

Some thoughts on the upcoming French elections

On Sunday 22 April France will hold the first round of its presidential elections. Voters will choose from among ten candidates, with the top two candidates competing in a run-off vote on 6 May. Since the outcome can be full of surprises, it is worth becoming acquainted with what is now on offer.

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Monday, 1. August 2011     0 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
Researcher - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme

Belarus: the silenced revolution

The street protests that agitated Belarus in June-July failed to evolve into a massive popular uprising. Even if the “clapping revolution” fell apart, Lukashenka’s authoritarian regime won but one round in its fight for survival.

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Thursday, 1. April 2011     0 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
Researcher - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
Top pictures: the photofits of the two suspects released by the Belarusian KGB on 12 April (www.kgb.by/press/inform/205.html)<br />Bottom pictures: a caricature of the latter, circulated on the Russian-speaking blogosphere (http://besttoday.ru/postimage/2/) Top pictures: the photofits of the two suspects released by the Belarusian KGB on 12 April (www.kgb.by/press/inform/205.html)
Bottom pictures: a caricature of the latter, circulated on the Russian-speaking blogosphere (http://besttoday.ru/postimage/2/)

The closed society and its enemies: conspiracy theories made in Belarus

In the absence of clear motives and a known mastermind, the 11 April blast in the Minsk metro, labelled as a terrorist attack by the authorities, bred numerous conspiracy theories. This trend tells a lot about the climate of doubt and uncertainty now prevailing in Belarus.

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Friday, 1. February 2011     0 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
Researcher - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
Street celebrations of the fall of Ben Ali in Paris, 15 January 2011.<br />Picture by gwenflickr. Street celebrations of the fall of Ben Ali in Paris, 15 January 2011.
Picture by gwenflickr.

France: a year starting 'in la merde'

French diplomacy has been marred by missteps and controversies over the past few weeks. In most democratic countries, such scandals would probably have forced the Foreign Minister out. Not in Sarkoland however.

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Thursday, 1. February 2011     1 comment(s)
Anaïs Marin
Researcher - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
A ballot box in Brest, Belarus, 19 December 2010. Picture: Anaïs Marin A ballot box in Brest, Belarus, 19 December 2010. Picture: Anaïs Marin

So powerless faced with post-election deadlocks

The past months saw the international community helpless to solve the power confiscation crisis in Ivory Coast and unable to obstruct the fraudulent re-election of a dictator in Belarus. Should we infer from these drawbacks that interference is passé?

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