Eastern Focus, Summer Issue: EUROPE still unwhole and unfree

Exactly thirty years ago, shortly before the fall of the Iron Curtain, the late president George H.W. Bush was urging German citizens and political leaders (including chancellor Helmut Kohl) gathered in Mainz, on May 31, to build a ‘Europe Whole and Free’.

Fast forward to mid-2019, when the new EU leadership takes office after elections to the European Parliament, and Europe is still neither whole, nor free. This issue of EasternFocus focuses on the Union’s ability to continue to nurture democracy and rule of law within its own borders and to help engender it in its neighbourhood.

Propaganda Made to Measure: Dimensions of Risk and Resilience in the Western Balkans

A Study of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia

The second part of our ‘Propaganda Made to Measure’ project was developed by GlobalFocus Center under its Asymmetric Threats Programme as a continuation of its regional efforts to enhance awareness of malign interference and to offer policy-makers and other interested stakeholders an innovative, practical assessment instrument, which can be easily replicated and used proactively in the process of evidence-based resilience-building.

The publication on Risk and Resilience in the Western Balkans maps out vulnerabilities to malign interference in the region. A study funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy of the German Marshall Fund.

Read more: GlobalFocus_Dimension of risks and vulnerabilities in WB

Eastern Focus Issue 01 Spring 2019


EasternFocus is an international affairs magazine focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, the Black Sea and the Western Balkans, which aims to bring Romanian and regional perspectives onto matters that define the world of today, and facilitate the integration of themes and voices from the region into the international circuit of ideas and debates that matter. The themes covered include foreign affairs, regional dynamics, politics, economy, business and trade, society, art and culture, technology and innovation, media, communication and creative spaces.

Propaganda Made to Measure: How Our Vulnerabilities Facilitate Russian Influence

Think Cambridge Analytica is the worst it gets? No, it’s only the top of the iceberg!

Personal data collection and individual profiling lead – as we have seen so far – to elections interference and effective propaganda. But state and non-state actors, from Russia to illiberal governments, from Daesh to far-right movements similarly profile our collective structural weaknesses and internal divisions, and seek to amplify them to reach a tipping point. A new GlobalFocus Center study by a multidisciplinary, multinational team, of the permeability of countries in the Black Sea region to malign influence and propaganda and the associated Propaganda Permeability Index provide the first in-depth, extensive analysis of what makes us vulnerable to hostile influences from within and from without, with a focus on the Kremlin agenda.

Vacation Is Over

By Oana Popescu

January 2016

Aspen Institute

Romania did indeed take a long vacation after its 2007 EU accession. A process, which literally absorbed the whole creative and executive energy of the country at political, administrative, and social level, the EU/NATO integration was a monumental endeavor and THE national project for at least a generation.

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