Putinism is an expression widely used to describe the ruling style of Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin. But is it really more than a media buzzword? Our partners at CrossingtheBaltic took a closer look at what Putinism really means.
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The euro crisis has taken the form of a succession of national crises threatening the integrity of the monetary union. The response, each time, involves heads of European states meeting in Brussels or Berlin to agree on a rescue plan and hesitantly approving the necessary improvements in European governance. After Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece, does it even matter who’s next on the cliff’s edge?
2012 has not been a good year for Putin. Demonstrations across the country and growing support for the opposition are damaging his image as Russia’s “saviour” and “Restorer of former glories”. More importantly though, his most potent foreign policy tool, Gazprom, is facing increasingly tough times due to lower gas demands, more competition and the development of a European shale gas industry. To make matters even worse, the EU has opened an antitrust probe into Gazprom’s deals in Central Eastern Europe.
It seemed that Nabucco might actually win the pipeline race in the Caspian basin, but the group of contestants has grown even bigger with the addition of BP’s South East European Pipeline. Could this mean the end of Nabucco and is it a reason for concern?
The Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán has been repeatedly criticised for taking the country down the road of authoritarianism. After its grab on the Hungarian National Bank, the EU and the IMF have finally decided to prevent a further deterioration of democratic standards. The decision comes late, but is right, because Hungary is starting to resemble Russia more than any country in the EU.
“Belarus represents an extreme case of an authoritarian regime apparently little enticed by the EU’s carrots and little disturbed by the EU’s sticks”, Professor Karen E. Smith pointed out while reflecting on the EU-Belarus relations within the context of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in 2005. Although six years have already passed, things have not [...]