The Opinions Forum

A selection of texts by international experts and insights by the Institute. The articles cover current topics in European politics, economy, health care, culture and science. Together with our partners we analyse the place of Europe in today’s world of complex interrelations, and reflect on the future of our continent.


The Security Compact Idea – why underestimating security in the Eastern Partnership will wreck all other issues as well. Gustav Gressel, European Council on Foreign Relations


The European Union had always tried to project stability and wealth beyond its own borders. In the time of the Cold War it reached out to European non-members particularly of the EFTA group, or states that were in a difficult geopolitical situation like Finland. After the collapse of the Soviet empire, various forms of neighbourhood policies co-inciting with enlargement policies were perused both in the east and the south.

Webinar “Challenges and Prospects for Europe’s Energy Security”


23 czerwca 2021 r. odbył się webinar pt. „Wyzwania i perspektywy bezpieczeństwa energetycznego Europy” organizowany przez Fundację Instytut Studiów Wschodnich wraz z partnerem The Henry Jackson Society.

The Three Seas Initiative as a Geopolitical Approach and Austria’s Role


The “Three Seas Initiative” (TSI) was launched in 2015 and builds a framework for a pragmatic collaboration aimed at creating a network of cooperation possibilities for twelve countries of the Central and Eastern European region (CEE).

A bigger insurance company provides greater stability and opportunities


Consolidation is no longer the domain of the banks but also the insurance industry nowadays. Insurance companies merge to create bigger, more stable and more universal companies that cater for all customers. This is the path that UNIQA took: a company based on five main pillars, with an appetite for further growth.

Lower Silesia – heart of Europe


Lower Silesia is called the heart of Europe. The region is located about 300 km from Warsaw, Berlin or Prague and is perfectly connected

How have Covid-19 and Brexit impacted trade between the UK and the rest of Europe?


The mix of Brexit and Covid-19 has seriously impacted trade between Europe and the UK. Trade procedures are unclear after Brexit, which leads to many confusions. There is also a growing number of uncertainties regarding possible lockdowns in the European countries.

The EU and the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict


Azerbaijan’s decisive military victory has shacked the geostrategic situation in the South-Caucasus.
The ceasefire agreement signed between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia, under the auspices of
Moscow

French higher education and intellectual debate during and after the pandemic


The COVID crisis started very abruptly and, in French higher education and research, has brought about changes that may or may not last, when this crisis will be finished.

Accelerating the digital transformation of the public transport system as a result of Covid-19


Over the last decade, digital transformation has represented one of the main challenges for the organisation of urban services, including for public transport. COVID-19 pandemics created a context in which the role of digitalization has become a central point of attention.

Anti-vaccine and anti-COVID Misinformation Trends


Since 2016 we have seen the phenomenon of mis and disinformation firmly take root, evolve and proliferate, and increasingly cause real world harm. As the dissemination of misinformation becomes more complex and dynamic, the methods that governments across the world use to tackle it require a sophisticated response.

Higher Education’s Conquest of the Online World Should Serve its Quality Improvement


The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic is considered a game-changer within the world of online education. While it did not spur the reinvention of the wheel concerning online instruction, it resulted in a massive shift in the mindsets of universities and business schools, who finally came to terms with digital course formats.