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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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NATO is one of the most impressive and successful attempt to create a collective defense organisation and, during its long history, it has shifted its visions, strategies and duties on the basis of the various kind of threats it was facing. A new question is raising nowadays: who is going to pay for NATO? In a summit at Newport, in Wales, NATO members were asked to reach the 2% of their national GDP in defense spending in ten years. Just 5 countries out of 28 are complying with this decision: United States, United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland and Greece. Donald Trump is demanding for more spending from NATO’s allies. What is going to happen if NATO’s burden will not be shared equally among all the members of the North Atlantic Alliance?



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What's left of populism?

Monday, 22 May 2017 07:58
by Eleonora Lamio & Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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The defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential elections opens a large debate on the theme of populism, nationalism and the future of this kind of Parties in Europe. The choice that French citizens made by electing Macron instead of Madame Le Pen shows, once again after the Dutch elections, that populist parties may sometimes be over estimated. Are the European populist parties a real political power or a false myth? Are they a homogeneous phenomenon or not? In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Eleonora Lamio and Giovanbattista Varricchio analyse the issue of populism in Europe, pointing out all the features of the phenomenon



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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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Newly elected President Igor Dodon is pushing Moldova  back to the East side of the continent. He is the head of the Moldovan Socialist Party and won presidential elections in November 2016  against the pro-Western candidate Maia Sandu. Dodon presented himself as a man of dialogue that wants to restore good relations with Russia. He asked to the Commission of the Eurasian Union to consider the admission of his country as observer in the organization. What might be the geopolitical effects of this decision? What will the challenges that the Moldovan leadership is asked to address?



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by Giovanbattista Varricchio (EPOS)

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Serbia is going to be one of the key-country for the future of the European Union and one of the most important actors in the Balkans region as well as a balance player between West and East. On the 2nd of April, presidential elections were held into the Republic of Serbia, and the results have clearly showed a winner and have indicated a pathway through which the Serbians are going to set their own future. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, our new intern Giovanbattista Varricchio, International Relation – European Studies student at LUISS Guido Carli University, analyses the challenges and the perspectives of Serbia in the aftermath of the presidential elections, focusing on leadership, alliances and geopolitical strategies



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