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Amb. Kelly: Georgia was dress rehearsal for Ukraine
Former US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly talks about Russia’s war in Ukraine, Georgia as a prelude to the current crisis, what Vladimir Putin could count on with economic pain kicking in globally and whether the Russian President can be defeated in the political chess game with the Western world.
Hunyadi: Far-right Our Homeland party could grow in parliament
A new far-right party has started its work in the Hungarian Parliament as it passed the threshold of 5%. Its name is Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland). CEA Talks host Zoltán kész talks to Political Capital analyst Bulcsú Hunyady, who is an expert on extremism and radicalisation. They talk about what caused Our Homeland to get into the Hungarian Parliament, their Kremlin connections, their political agenda and what Hungarians can expect from them in the coming years.
Porčnik: Political turn in Slovenia
Tanja Porcnik, the President of the Slovenian Visio Institute talks to Zoltan Kesz about the Slovenian elections. On April 24, a parliamentary election took place in the country. The results reflected a clear message from voters that the government needs to change. The ruling party led by Janez Jansa lost to a completely new party led by Robert Golob. Did Jansa's good relationship with Hungarian PM Orban play a role in the election? How did the pandemic play a role in his defeat? What led to the defeat of Jansa? What can we ecpect from the new government? Ms Porcnik gives an answer to all these questions.
Le Quiniou: Nobody knows what is Macron's election program
Political analyst Romain Le Quiniou talks about the French presidential election, the impact of the Ukraine war on the vote, why President Emmanuel Macron's support has fallen in recent weeks, how Marine Le Pen's popularity is surging, and whether the European Union faces another shock momentum or the French 'cordon sanitaire' will work again?
Gressel: Next decades will be tough for European defense
Military expect Gustav Gressel talks about present and future of European defense policy, the main security providers in the continent, and why the Russian army is performing below its capabilities and expectations in Ukraine.
Shamiev: Russia's military not as great as in Hollywood movies
Russian civil-military relations expert Kirill Shamiev talks about the expanded Russo-Ukrainian War, the heavy costs of an assault on Kiev, Russia’s military reform, the benefits of foreign mercenaries, and how incorrect intelligence from the FSB’s Fifth Service could have contributed to a miscalculation of the Kremlin in Ukraine.