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The fifth edition of the EUISS Security Monthly Stats (SMS) compares the eastern neighbours’ relationships with the EU and Russia, respectively. Which of the two players dominates which sector? And how do Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine differ in terms of trade, remittances and views?
This Alert examines recent negative political developments in the Western Balkans, against the backdrop of a worrying drift towards illiberal authoritarianism in countries of the region. It argues that if local political actors do not take tangible steps towards reform to address the ongoing illiberal trends, political instability could re-emerge once again in the region.