Two decades after the Rwanda genocide, the promised hopes of international accountability for such crimes is in trouble. Andrew Wallis examines the ingredients of a crisis that is both legal and political.
In the tenth anniversary of the attack on Madrid’s rail network, Diego Muro analyses the consequences of the blasts for both the European Union and Spain. "Europe’s 9/11", he says, contributed to the decline of the Basque group ETA and to the creation of new mechanisms of coordination and cooperation at the European level.
has made vital steps in developing its institutional capabilities to deal with corruption. The way that such institutions have been strengthened
raises important questions about the nature of its democratic governance.
In the Bosnian protests of the last months,
the global scenario of police brutality has been re-enacted, with local
specifics. And the violence of the
police is itself a symptom of the failure of the current Bosnian political
Many civilians were killed in the war between the newly independent states of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. But the disputed period raises larger questions of common suffering, says Gerard Libaridian, adviser to Armenia's president at the time, who reflects on one incident that casts a long shadow.
There was a way out of the
Ukraine crisis this week, through dialogue and accommodation. But the regime,
backed by Russia, chose to pursue victory instead. It will be a Pyrrhic one—but
the international community can shorten the agony.
often across Europe, the rule of law is not being observed, as thousands of European
Court of Human Rights judgments remain unimplemented and some governments second-guess
the judiciary. Europe’s human-rights champion says democratic legitimacy
depends on it.
Demonstrations have spread rapidly across
Bosnia, with citizens organizing popular assemblies to voice their frustration
with the country’s institutional paralysis.
Through the adamantly non-ethnic nature of the demonstrations, the
protesters are taking aim at the entire political elite. Valerie Hopkins reports from Sarajevo.