I like / I dislike
Week 16 [20240224-202402229]


Every Monday, the Research Trainees of the CERESE assess the news of the previous week. You can read their opinions below:


I like…


…that Latvia has extended the ban on Russian citizens entering the country until 4 March 2025. Latvia made this extension on the grounds of ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine and the threat to its internal security. This decision is aligned with the agreement between Poland, Finland, and the Baltic States to limit the Russian presence. Such a measure reflects Latvia’s efforts to counter Russian influence, especially given the significant ethnic Russian minority within the country. Similar restrictions have been implemented by Estonia and Lithuania, indicating a regional response to security concerns related to Russian aggression.



the ambitious master plan for the transformation of the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. This plan has many potential benefits, such as improving urban infrastructure and creating more livable spaces for residents and visitors. In addition, modernization projects create opportunities for economic development, as they attract investment and promote growth. The improved transport systems that will be created can reinforce connectivity, facilitating trade and tourism. A revitalized urban landscape can enhance cultural identity and pride, promoting a sense of community. In general, such initiatives signal progress and promise a better future for Baku and its residents.



I dislike…


the news that the European Court of Auditors is reporting that there are problems in the implementation of the rule of law in the European Union. The report shows that only a few of the Commission’s recommendations have been fully implemented, and there is a need for long-term efforts. The need for cooperation between member-states, and transparency in the evaluation process are central issues. Although the annual report is an important tool for promoting the rule of law in the EU, improvements to its methodology and terminology are proposed to make it more understandable and effective.




the fact that on February 28, the separatists of the breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Russia for protection from the Moldovan government. The Russian Foreign Ministry replied that the protection of the Transnistrian compatriots is always a priority. The Kremlin uses the separatist tendencies in the region for destabilizing purposes to maintain its influence. Moldova may have managed to obtain EU candidate status, but the unrecognized entity continues to suffer economically due to the ongoing war, as it receives free Russian gas through Ukraine, a deal that is due to expire in December. 




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