Europe

Vladimir Putin: Accidental Democrat

Russia's Paradoxical Route to Democracy

‘’I am responsible only to God and history’’, these Putinistic words were repeatedly uttered by Spanish dictator Fransico Franco. For decades, Franco held his country in a dictatorial stranglehold. Yet, starting in the late 70s, La Transición Española moved the country from a fascist dictatorship into a full-fledged liberal democracy within a matter of years. Four thousand
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NATO’s Tough Decision: The Case of a No-Fly Zone In Ukraine

By Mina Schmidt and Julia Collado Serrano

In the latest edition of Rostra Debate, our editors discussed the implications of a no-fly zone in answer to the question: Should NATO get militarily involved in the Russia-Ukraine conflict / establish a No-Fly Zone (NFZ) in Ukraine? Following Russia’s full-scale invasion on February 24th, Europe has seen the largest mobilisation of forces since 1945.
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In the shadows of Russia’s psyche

How Putin’s psyops is keeping everyone on their toes

“Russia is blackmailing Ukraine and the whole world”, was the answer by Dmitry, a Kyiv resident, when asked to share his thoughts about the increasing Russian military numbers at the Ukraine border. Amidst the growing tensions, diplomatic talks, and geopolitical strategies, the “what if Russia invades” discussions are the most read and prioritised topic in
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Two decades of Hungary

How did we end up here? A political timeline of the last 20 years

Hungary has made it to the headlines of international news in the last few years: it has implemented an anti-LGBTQ law, a dictator-law, and Viktor Orban endorsed Donald Trump in the American elections. These could give the picture of a far-right dictator in middle Europe; however, the situation is much more complex. Hungarian politics went
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