The Poland–Belarus Relationship: Geopolitics Gave New Impetus,  but no Breakthrough

In 2014 Poland–Belarus relations received a new impetus after three years of having a cold relationship. Since then there has been an unprecedented rise in political contacts between the two countries. This EAST researcher Andrei Yeliseyeu’s report reviews recent developments in
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Belarus’ measured repressions

Lukashenka seeks for an optimal level of repressions, high enough to discourage Belarusians from protesting and low enough for the EU to continue a gradual rapprochement with Minsk
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Social protests in Belarus: Standing up for “Parasites”

Something has clearly been brewing in Belarus. Thousands of people protested across the country in what has come to be known as the “Marches of Disgruntled Belarusians.”
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Anti-Belarus disinformation campaign in Russian media: Trends, features, countermeasures

This paper sums up an enduring monitoring and analysis of the Russian media Belarus-related content by the EAST Center in August – November 2016.
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Belarus: Europeanisation through the “Back-Door”?

Belarus lags behind the other Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, both in its links with the EU and in its approximation to EU standards. However, despite a lack of formal contractual relations with the EU and illiberal domestic policies, Belarus still exposes some potential for Euro
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EU Visa Code reform: Necessary but not easy

Around half of all Schengen visas issued globally are issued in just three Eastern European states, i.e. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. In 2015 around 15 million of legitimate travelers had to undergo lengthy, costly and cumbersome Schengen visa procedures. Given that millions of touris
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Belarus – EU: Long bumpy road towards visa facilitation

After a decade-long story of failed attempts to start and proceed with the visa facilitation negotiations between the EU and Belarus, the long-awaited agreement was never closer to becoming a reality than on the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga. However, it was put on hol
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Belarusian middle class falls victim to the aggravating economic crisis

What is the middle class in Belarus and what impact the aggravating economic crisis has on it? While national surveys show that about 75% of Belarusians consider their income as decent / average, the actual size of the Belarusian middle class may be as low as 10% of population, explai
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