Craig Willy

Craig James Willy is a Brussels-based EU affairs writer.


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Dark Days for Democracy?

Protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo by andresAzp via flickr.com, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Democracy and the rule of law are suffering in many countries, with the rise of “illiberal” democracies or even outright dictatorships. Why is that? And what makes it a cause of serious concern for the global community? News-watchers are by now long-familiar with […]

Breaking BRICS: More Differences Than Similarities?

The BRICS leaders, 2016. Photo by kremlin.ru via flickr.com, CC BY 4.0 This month brings the tenth summit of the fast-growing BRICs nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China and South Africa. But does the label still hold given the countries’ starkly different political and economic realities? Almost 17 years after Goldman Sachs coined the […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán © kremlin.ru

Towards a Putinization of Central Europe?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán © kremlin.ru With the migrant crisis ongoing, Central European countries are increasingly inching towards populism and nationalism. Russian President Vladimir Putin may well become a model for some. How can Europe avoid the rift? If the Eurozone crisis stoked great divisions between northern […]

Seoul, South Korea's capital city © Clint Sharp via Flick (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Success beyond Gangnam Style

Seoul, South Korea’s capital city © Clint Sharp via Flick (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) With a strong state, powerful industries and high innovation spending South Korea provides a model for managing globalization. Yet Korea also shows some of the dangers of national oligarchy and over-centralization. South Korea today faces economic and political headwinds as strong as any country in […]

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Progress and Roll-Back of Europeanization

© Ocean Photography/veer Ten years after their accession to the European Union, Poland is seen as a model of development while Hungary is turning to a populist, in some ways illiberal, nationalism. These diverging trends highlight how fragile attachment to Western orientation and institutions potentially is. The nations of Central-Eastern Europe provide an interesting case […]

© María Alejandra Mora (SoyMAM)

Towards Political Participation and Social Justice?

© María Alejandra Mora (SoyMAM) Tahrir, Maidan, Taksim: What do the political protests across the globe have in common and how should governments react to the instability and the civil unrest? There has been a tendency in recent years towards an apparent increase in the spread of political protests across the world and, in some […]