The Europe Studies at the National Institute of Advanced Studies is an academic initiative within the Programme on Science, Technology and International Relations. This is a part of the Institute’s endeavour to build area studies within NIAS.

NIAS Europe Studies aims to monitor, record, and analyze the daily developments across Europe as short briefs, focused commentaries, and critical essays. The scope of NIAS Europe Studies includes reviewing contemporary geopolitics, security, human rights, climate change, as well as science and technology issues across Europe. Internal politics, democratic dividends and protests movements, trans-Atlantic alliances, regional integration, and the role of external actors such as China are a few niche areas of critical focus.

NIAS Europe Studies also aims to build capacity amongst young scholars researching on Europe. It organizes expert lectures on Europe, and regular discussions on Europe for young scholars. In the long run, it aims to build a network of institutions and scholars researching on Europe within India.

As a part of its research output, in collaboration with the India office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, NIAS Europe Studies publishes a monthly dispatch - Europe Monitor

Europe Monitor

NIAS Monthly on Contemporary Europe
Published by NIAS Europe Studies in collaboration with KAS-India Office

Analysis

France Presidential Elections 2022
What does Macron's victory mean for France and the EU

May 2022 | CWA # 737

Padmashree Anandhan

France Presidential Elections 2022
The rise of Marine Le Pen

May 2022 | CWA # 736

Rishma Banerjee

France Presidential Elections 2022
Five reasons why Emmanuel Macron won

May 2022 | CWA # 735

Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan

France Presidential Elections 2022
Four challenges ahead for President Macron

May 2022 | CWA # 734

Sourina Bej

NIAS Europe Monitor
Lecture report: Ukraine, Russia and Europe

March 2022 | CWA # 699

Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Into History: Northern Ireland and Bloody Sunday, 50 years later

March 2022 | CWA # 698

Joeana Cera Matthews

NIAS Europe Monitor
Munich Security Report: Six takeaways 

February 2022 | CWA # 688

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Europe and Africa: An elusive search for an equal partnership

February 2022 | CWA # 687

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Femicides in Europe: The case of France

February 2022 | CWA # 686

Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Post Brexit: Three challenges in Northern Ireland

February 2022 | CWA # 680

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Lithuania and China: Vilnius has become Beijing’s Achilles heel. Four reasons why 

February 2022 | CWA # 678

Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan 

NIAS Global Politics Brief
Russia in 2021: Expanding boundaries

February 2022 | CWA # 673

Angelin Archana

NIAS Europe Monitor
In Europe, abortion rights are "a privilege." Four reasons why

January 2022 | CWA # 664

Joeana Cera Matthews

NIAS Europe Monitor
Mapping COVID-19 protests in Europe: Who and Why

January 2022 | CWA # 663

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
The Artemis Accords: Three reasons why Europe is not on the same page with the US

January 2022 | CWA # 662

Harini Madhusudan

NIAS Europe Monitor
France, Algeria, and the politics over an apology

November 2021 | CWA # 605

Vaishnavi Iyer

NIAS Europe Monitor
NATO-Russia relationship: Looking beyond the suspensions and expulsions

November 2021 | CWA # 604

Joeana Cera Matthews

NIAS Europe Monitor
Facebook's Metaverse: Why it matters to Europe

October 2021 | CWA # 596

Padmashree Anandhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Belarus's strategy to push migrants:  Europe will find it difficult to respond. Four reasons why

October 2021 | CWA # 595

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Poland, EU and PolExit. It is complicated, for three reasons

October 2021 | CWA # 594

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Europe's Energy Crisis and Gazprom 

October 2021 | CWA # 593

Harini Madhusudhan

NIAS Europe Monitor
Recent terror attacks in Europe: Five trends from England to Norway

October 2021 | CWA # 592

Sourina Bej

NIAS Europe Monitor
Europe's Energy Crisis: It could get worse. Five reasons why

October 2021 | CWA # 573

Chetna Vinay Bhora

NIAS Europe Monitor
France: Paris Terror Trial

September 2021 | CWA # 562

Sourina Bej

NIAS Europe Monitor
Belarus: Weaponization of the Migrant Crisis

September 2021 | CWA # 561

Harini Madhusudan

NIAS Europe Monitor
From Crimea to Navalny: Putin's calibrated Europe strategy

September 2021 | CWA # 550

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Nord Stream-2: Why is the region unhappy about the pipeline?

September 2021 | CWA # 548

Joeana Cera Matthews 

NIAS Europe Monitor
Nord Stream 2 is Russia’s geopolitical victory

August 2021 | CWA # 532

Sarthak Jain

NIAS Europe Monitor
The EU Summit 2021: Five Takeaways

July 2021 | CWA # 520

Keerthana Rajesh Nambiar

NIAS Europe Monitor
Spain, Morocco and the rise of rightwing politics in Europe over immigration

June 2021 | CWA # 497

Chetna Vinay Bhora

About the team

Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan

Ashwin Immanuel Dhanabalan is a Research Assistant at the School of Conflict and Security Studies, NIAS, Bangalore. His areas of interest include monitoring the crisis in Ukraine and the geopolitical changes in Europe. He is currently working on the profile of Macron and his rise as a leader.

Harini Madhusudan

Ms Madhusudan is a doctoral scholar at NIAS. Her doctoral research is on the issue of militarisation in outer space. As part of the Europe Studies at NIAS, her research focuses on Russian geopolitics and diplomacy along with a coverage of the European Islands & Oceans. She particularly researches on issues relating to science and technology such as new innovations, outer space, and cybersecurity. She is currently working on Gazprom and the energy crisis in Europe.

Joeana Cera Matthews

Ms Matthews is a postgraduate scholar from the Department of International Relations at the University of Mysore. She is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. As a part of the Europe Studies programme, she studies internal politics in Eastern Europe with a larger focus on the CEECs. Gender and climate change are her core research interests. She is currently working on the possibility of a Polexit and its impact on the EU.

Padmashree Anandhan

Ms Anandhan is a research scholar at the National Institute of Advanced Studies. As part of the Europe Studies at NIAS, her research is on issues pertaining to green energy, cybersecurity, and cryptocurrency in West Europe. Her larger research interest includes studying political conflict and security implications in Europe-Middle East relations. She is currently working on a commentary on Metaverse.

Sourina Bej

Ms Bej is a doctoral candidate and KAS-EIZ scholarship holder at the University of Bonn. Her research for the Europe Studies at NIAS includes studying political populism, protest movements, migration and social inclusion, and religious extremism in Western Europe. Her research interest also includes understanding the socio-political conflicts in post-BREXIT Europe. She is currently working on a commentary on the lone acts of terror and radicalisation in Western Europe.

Daily Briefs

05 July 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #245

War in Ukraine: Day 131

Photo : Kremlin.ru


War in Ukraine: Day 131
By Rishma Banerjee
 
War on the Ground
On 04 July, the governor of Kharkiv, Oleh Synyehubov said that missiles hit a school in the region. The Donetsk People’s Republic said that Ukraine’s forces shelled 15 of the 240 settlements under their control, in the region. Reportedly, five people were killed and 20 were injured. Moreover, Ukraine’s forces are targeting Russian military infrastructure with indirect fire and with HIMARS systems which have been provided by the US. They struck Russian ammunition depots in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Melitopol and Zaporizhzhia.
 
The Governor of Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, told Reuters that Bakhmut in the Donetsk region was facing increased shelling after the fall of Lysychansk. Gaidai spoke to Reuters after the withdrawal of troops was reported from Lysychansk. He said that after their capture of the Luhansk region, Russia’s forces are likely to move into Sloviansk city and Bakhmut town. He also mentioned that while the fall of Luhansk is indeed a ‘painful’ affair for him, it is still not the end of the war for Ukraine. Reflecting on what could be Russia’s immediate strategy, he said: “They (Russian forces) will not transfer 100% of their troops to some front because they need to hold the line. If they leave their positions, then ours can carry out some kind of counter-offensive.”
 
On 04 July, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Sweden’s Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson. In his nightly address, he informed that primarily a new defence package was discussed. During the meeting with Andersson, he said that Ukraine is conducting talks with Turkey and the UN to facilitate a smooth export of grains from Ukraine’s ports. Zelenskyy also addressed the fall of Lysychansk and said that with the help of long-range Western weapons, Ukraine will surely regain control over the area.
 
Moreover, Zelenskyy met with senior politicians from Ukraine and spoke about the USD 750 billion recovery plan of Ukraine. The plan has 27 sectors and has is into two stages- the medium term (2023-2025) and the long term (2026-2032). Prime minister Denys Smhyal elaborated on the sectors that would need immediate attention. He said that there has been direct infrastructural damage worth USD 100 billion so far, including 1,200 educational institutions, 200 hospitals and thousands of kilometres of gas pipelines, water and electricity networks, roads and railways.

The Moscow View
Claims by Russia

On 04 July, in a televised meeting with Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, President Vladimir Putin congratulated the forces for their victory in the Luhansk region. He also suggested that the members of the forces should rest and recover from the recent ordeal. Shoigu provided an elaborate list of Ukraine’s losses in Luhansk. He said 2,218 military personnel from Ukraine had been killed and 3,251 wounded; 196 tanks and armoured vehicles, 12 aircraft, one helicopter, 69 drones, six long-range surface-to-air missile systems, 97 multiple rocket launchers among other things have been affected by this recent offensive by Russia.
 
On the same day, Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, released photos of Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS). They were shown holding the self-proclaimed republics in Luhansk and Donetsk. Roscosmos also released a statement regarding the same and said: “This is a long-awaited day that residents of the occupied areas of the Luhansk region have been waiting for eight years. We are confident that 3 July 2022 will for ever go down in the history of the republic.”

The West View
Responses from the US and Europe

On 04 July, the European Investment Bank proposed a new funding structure, similar to the one used for Europe during the COVID 19 pandemic, for rebuilding Ukraine. They have suggested up to EUR 100 billion of investment for the same. They clarified that through the EU-Ukraine Gateway Trust Fund, they will ask member countries to initially contribute EUR 20 billion in the form of grants, loans and guarantees.

On 03 July, Turkey stopped a Russian cargo ship off its Black Sea coast. It has been alleged that the ship was carrying grains stolen from Ukraine. Turkey’s senior official has said that the allegations are being investigated thoroughly. Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Ambassador Vasyl Bodnar said: "We have full cooperation. The ship is currently standing at the entrance to the port, it has been detained by the customs authorities of Turkey."

The Global Fallouts
Implications of the Ukraine war

Syria’s ambassador to Russia, Riad Haddad said that they are aware of Kremlin’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine and were in full support of the same. He highlighted that this was important for Russia’s national security. According to the Haddad, Russia is having to deal with mercenaries and a misleading media war waged by the West. He also mentioned that the economic blockade on Russia is ‘unjust’ and is similar to what the West had done in Syria. 

References
Samantha Lock and Tom Ambrose, “Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 132 of the invasion,” The Guardian, 04 July 2022
Tom Balmforth, “Russia will focus on Ukraine's Donetsk region after taking Luhansk, regional governor says,” Reuters, 04 July 2022
The recovery of Ukraine is not only about what needs to be done after the victory, but also about what we and our partners should do now - address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” President of Ukraine, 04 July 2022
Zelenskiy says Ukraine is in talks with Turkey, UN on grain exports,” Reuters, 05 July 2022
Patrick Wintour, “Ukraine lays out $750bn ‘recovery plan’ for postwar future,” The Guardian, 04 July 2022
Meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu,” President of Russia, 04 July 2022
Martin Belam, “Russia releases photo of cosmonauts holding Luhansk flag on ISS,” The Guardian, 04 July 2022
Russian offensive campaign assessment, July 4,” Institute for the Study of War, 04 July 2022
EU lending arm aims to raise 100 bln euros to help rebuild Ukraine,” Reuters, 04 July 2022
Orhan Coskun, “Turkey halts Russian ship, investigates Ukrainian claims -senior official,”  Reuters, 04 July 2022
Syria fully backs Russia’s military operation in Ukraine,” TASS, 04 July 2022
"Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain detained by Turkish customs: Envoy," Daily Sabha, 03 July 2022


IN BRIEF
By Sai Pranav

FRANCE
President Macron to reshuffle his cabinet after June’s election loss
On 04 July, president Emmanuel Macron of France reshuffled his cabinet following the loss of getting a majority in last month's elections. He retained a few prominent ministers while changing the rest. Ministers for defence, finance, and foreign affairs are the same while the portfolios of the rest were shuffled. Ministers who lost their seats in June's election have been replaced by people selected by Macron so that they can rebalance his alliance after the loss. The reshuffling came into fruition because of French political tradition that the ministers who lost their seats should resign from the cabinet. The major change was the removal of the solidarity minister Damien Abad due to him facing rape charges which he denied. ("France: Macron reshuffles Cabinet after election struggles," Deutsche Welle, 04 July 2022)

IRELAND
Government allocates EUR 70 million for the Shared Island find
On 05 June, over EUR 70 million was approved by the government of Ireland for cross-border initiatives. These cross-border initiatives include resuming the restoration of the Ulster Canal, an all-island electric vehicle charging infrastructure scheme, and art investment projects. The money is allocated to the Shared Island Fund, in which the Irish government had already given EUR 50 million in 2021. The restoration of the canal will also include new road bridges, a marina and heritage architecture. The electric car project is said to be delivering charge points in sports clubs and centres all across the island. The all-island partnership will benefit people from all communities and traditions. ("Ulster Canal to benefit from cross-border fund," BBC News, 05 July 2022)

ITALY
Declares a state of emergency after the north faces severe drought
On 04 July, Italy declared a state of emergency for the region around the Po river. The country is facing severe drought in the area surrounding the river Po, which holds roughly a third of the country's agricultural production. This might lead to enforcing water rationing for homes and businesses. Many waterways in North Italy have dried up and the flow is weaker which has led to the seawater seeping inland in turn ruining the crops. The regions that fell under the state of emergency were Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto. To overcome the water shortages, funds of EUR 36.5 million were designated for these regions. The state of emergency took care of people's assistance and relief. Further measures could be taken to prevent the same from happening in the future in central Italy. Prime minister Mario Draghi is contemplating appointing a commissioner to take care of the drought response. ("Italy declares state of emergency for drought-stricken north," Reuters, 05 July 2022)

THE UK
Solar energy becoming the solution to surging energy bills
On 03 July, the UK turned its attention to solar power due to increased energy prices. The UK's citizens have been looking into ways to cut down the expensive energy bills. Solar power getting a reduction in VAT from five per cent to zero grasped the interest of the people. As the cost of living crisis increases day by day, people are choosing green energy products as they are cheaper and healthier for the planet. The government is encouraging the use of solar panels with incentives. The solar energy industry is seeing a boom as many people are turning toward renewable sources of energy. Even businesses like Amazon are looking to use solar energy as the electricity bill along with labour costs increase. There has been a shortage of solar panels in companies that sell them due to the huge demand from the people. (Alex Lawson, "‘It’s hot’: UK interest in solar power heats up as energy bills soar," the Guardian, 03 July 2022)

INTERNATIONAL 
China issues warning to the UK about having trade talks with Taiwan 
On 04 July, China issued a warning to the UK about having trade talks with Taiwan. Taiwan's chief trade negotiator met with his counterpart from the UK to discuss bilateral trade relations between the two countries and also about joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership(CPTPP) trade bloc. China sent a clear signal to the UK stating that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. Taiwan had submitted a formal application to be a member of the CPTPP just a week after China submitted its application. The UK too is eyeing being a member of the trade bloc and had talks with the minister of Taiwan John Deng. The UK's foreign secretary Liz Truss said on a radio show that the world needed to learn from Ukraine and also that Taiwan be made sure of having the ability to defend itself so that it can maintain peace. (Graham Lanktree, "UK risks Chinese anger over trade talks with Taiwan," POLITICO, 04 July 2022)

Israel and Poland to improve their deteriorated relation
On 04 July, relations between Israel and Poland resumed after they had fallen apart due to the world war two-property incident. Poland introduced a law that limited the chance of the Jews recovering their world war two properties. The bill affected the properties that were confiscated by the Nazi German occupiers and secured by Poland's communist rulers after the war. Leaders of both nations agreed to restore their relations and improve them. Both countries would send official ambassadors to each other. If any problems arise between the two nations, they would be solved through sincere and open dialogue and in a spirit of mutual respect. ("Israel, Poland to restore relations strained by Holocaust restitution row," Reuters, 05 July 2022)


Other Daily Briefs

02 July 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #243

War in Ukraine: Day 128


25 June 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #237

Bulgaria: Government loses no-confidence motion | War in Ukraine: Day 121


23 June 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #235

EU’s strategies countering rising inflation | War in Ukraine: Day 119


22 June 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #234

French Parliamentary elections: Three issues | War in Ukraine: Day 118


21 June 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #233

War in Ukraine: Day 117


20 June 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #232

War in Ukraine: Day 115 & 116


18 June 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #231

Poland and the EU’s COVID-19 aid impasse ends | War in Ukraine: Day 114


16 June 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #229

War in Ukraine: Day 112


15 June 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #228

UK’s propose new provisions to alter the Northern Ireland Protocol


14 June 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #227

Turkey’s persisting problems with Sweden and Finland joining the NATO


13 June 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #226

Ukraine faces an ammunition shortage as the battle for the Donbas rages


11 June 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #225

War in Ukraine: Day 107


10 June 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #224

Sievierodonetsk: The bastion of the east


08 June 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #222

War in Ukraine: Day 104


06 June 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #220

Bulgaria’s and Croatia’s accession into the Eurozone


04 June 2022, Saturday | #219

NIAS Europe Daily Brief


02 June 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #217

War in Ukraine: Day 98


01 June 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #216

Baltic States push towards Natoization of Baltic Sea: Implications for Russia 


31 May 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #215

War in Ukraine: Day 96


30 May 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #214

War in Ukraine: Day 94 & 95


27 May 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #212

War in Ukraine: Day 92


23 May 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #208

War in Ukraine: Day 87 & 88


21 May 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #207

War in Ukraine: Day 86


19 May 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #205

War in Ukraine: Day 84


18 May 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #204

War in Ukraine: Day 83


16 May 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #202

War in Ukraine: Day 80 & 81


12 May 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #198

War in Ukraine: Day 77


11 May 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #198

Putin's Victory Day speech: Three Takeaways | War in Ukraine: Day 76


10 May 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #197

War in Ukraine: Day 75


09 May 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #196

War in Ukraine: Day 73 & 74


07 May 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #195

War in Ukraine: Day 72


06 May 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #194

War in Ukraine: Day 71


05 May 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #193

War in Ukraine: Day 70


04 May 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #192

War in Ukraine: Day 69


03 May 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #191

War in Ukraine: Day 68


02 May 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #190

War in Ukraine: Day 66 & 67


30 April 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #189

War in Ukraine: Day 65


29 April 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #188

War in Ukraine: Day 64


28 April 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #187

War in Ukraine: Day 63


27 April 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #186

War in Ukraine: Day 62


26 April 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #185

War in Ukraine: Day 61


25 April 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #184

War in Ukraine: Day 59 & 60


23 April 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #183

War in Ukraine: Day 58


22 April 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #182

War in Ukraine: Day 57


21 April 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #181

War in Ukraine: Day 56


20 April 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #180

War in Ukraine: Day 55


19 April 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #179

War in Ukraine: Day 54


18 April 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #178

War in Ukraine: Day 52 & 53


16 April 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #177

War in Ukraine: Day 51


15 April 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #176

War in Ukraine: Day 50


14 April 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #175

War in Ukraine: Day 49


13 April 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #174

War in Ukraine: Day 48


12 April 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #173

War in Ukraine: Day 47


11 April 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #172

War in Ukraine: Day 45 & 46


09 April 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #171

War in Ukraine: Day 44


08 April 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #170

War in Ukraine: Day 43


07 April 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #169

War in Ukraine: Day 42


06 April 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #168

War in Ukraine: Day 41


05 April 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #167

War in Ukraine: Day 40


04 April 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #166

War in Ukraine: Day 38 & 39


02 April 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #165

War in Ukraine: Day 37


01 April 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #164

War in Ukraine: Day 36


31 March 2022, Thursday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #163

War in Ukraine: Day 35


30 March 2022, Wednesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #162

War in Ukraine: Day 34


29 March 2022, Tuesday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #161

War in Ukraine: Day 33


28 March 2022, Monday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #160

War in Ukraine: Day 31 & 32


26 March 2022, Saturday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #159

War in Ukraine: Day 30


25 March 2022, Friday| NIAS Europe Daily Brief #158

War in Ukraine: Day 29


24 March 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #157

War in Ukraine: Day 28


23 March 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #156

War in Ukraine: Day 27


22 March 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #155

War in Ukraine: Day 26


21 March 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #154

War in Ukraine: Day 25


19 March 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #153

War in Ukraine: Day 24


18 March 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #152

War in Ukraine: Day 23


17 March 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #151

War in Ukraine: Day 22


16 March 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #150

War in Ukraine: Day 21


15 March 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #149

War in Ukraine: Day 20


14 March 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #148

War in Ukraine: Day 18 & 19


12 March 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #147

War in Ukraine: Day 17


11 March 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #146

War in Ukraine: Day 16


10 March 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #145

War in Ukraine: Day 15


09 March 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #144

War in Ukraine: Day 14


08 March 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #143

War in Ukraine: Day 13


07 March 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #142

War in Ukraine: Day 12


05 March 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #141

Presidential Elections 2022: Zemmour guilty of copyright infringement


04 March 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #140

Top five developments in Ukraine – Day nine of conflict


03 March 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #139

Top five developments in Ukraine – Day eight of conflict


02 March 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #138

UK sanctions Belarus Defense Ministry for engaging with Russia


01 March 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #137

Putin calls on Russian army to ready nuclear forces for “combat service”


28 February 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #136

President Zelenskyy appeals to accede into the EU


26 February 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #135

Cyber attacks in Ukraine: Four lessons


25 February 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #134

President Zelenskyy announces general mobilization


24 February 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #133

Ukraine approves 30-day state of emergency


23 February 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #132

Russia hit by international sanctions after recognizing Ukrainian separatist regions


22 February 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #131

EU leaders discuss tensions in Bosnia


21 February 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #130

PM Johnson speculates a Russian invasion of Ukraine


19 February 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #129

EU and African Union leaders meet in Brussel


18 February 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #128

Ukraine: Kyiv in talks with Washington over potential SDRs from IMF


17 February 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #127

EU to discuss tensions in Ukraine


16 February 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #126

Slovakia’s defense agreement with the US: Three reasons why people are protesting


15 February 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #125

Besides Ukraine, the Baltic is also apprehensive of Russia. Four reasons why


14 February 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #124

The One Ocean Summit 2022: EU’s pledges and Four takeaways


12 February 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #123

The Normandy format: A profile


11 February 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #122

Poland and China: President Duda’s meeting with Xi


10 February 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #121

Maastricht Treaty: Thirty years after


09 February 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #120

Italy: Return of President Mattarella. Short term stability, long term challenges


08 February 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #119

Northern Ireland and Bloody Sunday: 50 years later


07 February 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #118

Northern Ireland: Challenges post the resignation of the First Minister


05 February 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #117

Germany’s hike in inflation rate: What does it mean for the Eurozone?


03 February 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #115

The Minsk Protocol


02 February 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #114

The UK: Boris Johnson and the Partygate scandal


01 February 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #113

Ukraine: Questions and responses over German ambiguity


31 January 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #112

Six reasons, why is Russia looking at Ukraine


29 January 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #111

Kosovo: The ban on Crypto mining


28 January 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #110

Russia: One year since Alexei Navalny’s arrest


27 January 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #109

Taking on China: EU, Lithuania, and France


24 January 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #106

The Artemis Accords: Europe’s Dilemma


22 January 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #105

Spain's Menstrual Leaves: Progressive or Regressive?


21 January 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #104

The Ukraine Crisis: Challenges and Ambitions


20 January 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #103

Germany's conviction of a former Syrian Colonel: Implications


19 January 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #102

France: EU Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting


18 January 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #101

NATO-Russia Council: What does it mean for Europe?


17 January 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #100

The 1350th Special Plenary Meeting of the OSCE Permanent council


15 January 2022 Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #99

Abortion Rights in Spain: “A Privilege, not a Right"


14 January 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #98

Geneva Talks: Three Takeaways


13 January 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #97

P5 statement to prevent nuclear wars: Four takeaways


12 January 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #96

Poland’s Pegasus Row: A Polish Watergate?


11 January 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #95

Pan-European ink ban: what does it mean for the tattoo industry?


10 January 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #94

The rising cases of femicide in France


08 January 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #93

France: Celebrating 60 years of Yves Saint Laurent


07 January 2022, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #92

Italy: The race for presidency


06 January 2022, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #91

Impact of BREXIT and COVID-19 on educational visits to the UK


05 January 2022, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #90

Mapping COVID-19 protests in Europe: Who, Why and How?


04 January 2022, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #89

France's EU presidency: What it means for Europe?


03 January 2022, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #88

Geneva: What to expect in the January US-Russia security talks?


01 January 2022, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #87

One year of Brexit: What does it mean for European exporters to the UK?


31 December 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #86

Marking 30 years since the dissolution of the USSR


29 December 2021, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #84

The EU's "taxonomy for sustainable activities”


28 December 2021, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #83

Gender: The Pope’s comments on Gender Violence


27 December 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #82

Germany’s nuclear waste problem


24 December 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #81

Russia's draft treaty with the US and NATO


23 December 2021, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #80

Moscow: Putin’s Annual Press Conference


22 December 2021, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #79

Poland: Infringement procedure initiated against Poland over rule of law violations


21 December 2021, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #78

IMF: Belarus economy severely impacted under Western sanctions


20 December 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #77

Poland: Protests erupt post demands to veto controversial media law


18 December 2021, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #76

The G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Summit


17 December 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #75

Regulations for Artificial Intelligence and the Council of Europe (CAHAI)


16 December 2021, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #74

Modi-Putin, reinvigorating bilateral ties and defence relations.


15 December 2021, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #73

Protests against lithium mining projects in Serbia


14 December 2021, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #72

100 years of the Anglo-Irish Treaty


13 December 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #71

Continued protests against vaccine mandates and lockdowns in Europe


11 December 2021, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #70

The Ukrainian History: Relations with Russia and the EU


10 December 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #69

Russia and Ukraine: Options for NATO, the EU, and the US


09 December 2021, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #68

Eric Zemmour and the launch of his presidential campaign


08 December 2021, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #67

Greece: Pope Francis’ visit focuses on democracy, migration and Christian unity


07 December 2021, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #66

Omicron - The New Virus Taking over Europe


06 December 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #65

Putin’s Agenda in Ukraine


04 December 2021, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #64

The NATO Summit: Key Takeaways


03 December 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #63

Ukraine: Emanating military confrontations and escalating tensions with Russia


02 December 2021, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #62

Nord Stream 2 and Europe’s Energy Supplies


01 December 2021, Wednesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #61

Lithuania, Taiwan, and China


30 November 2021, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #56

The English Channel migrant disaster


29 November 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #55

Profile of the Digital Markets Act


27 November 2021, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #54 

Ukraine: Russia's military mobilisation raise concerns 


26 November 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #53 

Austria: Protests against fresh COVID-19 restrictions 


25 November 2021, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #52

Belgium: Protests against fresh COVID-19 restrictions


24 November 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #51

The Netherlands: Three factors in COVID protests


22 November 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #49

Belarus, Migrants and the EU sanctions on airlines


20 November 2021, Saturday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #48

UK and France sign agreement to prevent migration


19 November 2021, Friday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #47

Austria: Anti-lockdown protests 


18 November 2021, Thursday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #46

Bulgaria: Despite three elections in 2021, more instability in store? 


16 November 2021, Tuesday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #44

The European Union, Google, and the antitrust bill


15 November 2021, Monday | NIAS Europe Daily Brief #43

France to build new nuclear energy reactors: what does this mean?


13 November 2021, Saturday I NIAS Europe Daily Brief #42

Portugal: Looming Political Crisis


12 November 2021, Friday I NIAS Europe Daily Brief #41

Europe's Wine Industry: Impacts of Climate Change


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #08, 10 November 2021, Wednesday

EU-US Steel and Aluminium trade deal: Five reasons why


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #07, 09 November 2021, Tuesday

"Her heart beats too": Poland's anti-abortion protests continue


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #06, 08 November 2021, Monday

The resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe: Three issues


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #03, 05 November 2021, Friday

The UK-France fishing rights row


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #29, 03 November 2021, Wednesday

France and Australia: Continuing AUKUS echo 


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #28, 02 November 2021, Tuesday

North Macedonia: Four reasons why the PM stepped down after a local election


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #24, 29 October 2021, Friday

Spain: One month after the La Palma volcanic eruption


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #23, 28 October 2021, Thursday

The European Council Summit 2021: Key Highlights


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #22, 27 October 2021, Wednesday

Turkey: President Erdogan's Osman Kavala drama 


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #21, 26 October 2021, Tuesday

Italy: The Matteo Salvini trial 


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #20, 25 October 2021, Monday

EU-Taiwan bilateral relations intensify amid Chinese opposition


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #19, 23 October 2021, Saturday

EU’s farewell to Chancellor Angela Merkel


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #17, 21 October 2021, Thursday

​​​​​​​France’s New Face: Eric Zemmour 


​​​​​​​NIAS Europe Daily Brief #16, 20 October 2021, Wednesday

​​​​​​​The Future of NATO-Russia relations


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #15, 19 October 2021, Tuesday

FIFA versus EA: It is more than Football


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #14, 18 October 2021, Monday

Metaverse: Facebook unveils virtual five-year plan for the EU


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #13, 16 October 2021, Saturday

Norway: The bow-and-arrow attack


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #12, 15 October 2021, Friday

Addressing the Energy prices in Europe: The new EU proposal 


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #11, 14 October 2021, Thursday

Czech elections: Andrej Babis' defeat emboldens anti-populism


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #10, 13 October 2021, Wednesday

The G20 Extraordinary Leaders' meeting on Afghanistan 


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #09, 12 October 2021, Tuesday

The French-Algerian bilateral tensions


NIAS Europe Daily Brief #08, 11 October 2021, Monday

Austria: The Sebastian Kurz Scandal


09 October 2021, Saturday

'Polexit' now?


07 October 2021, Thursday

The Balkans and the EU Summit


06 October 2021, Wednesday

Europe's Energy Crisis


27 September 2021, Monday

Elections in Iceland


22 September 2021, Wednesday

Erdogan's UNGA address


21 September 2021,

Russian Elections 2021