The leader of the Republicans, Francois Fillon, has the best chance to become the president of France. However, his policy will not be "pro-Russian", although his election will indeed be no "good news for Kyiv." Fillon will balance between the two superpowers in the interests of France, experts interviewed by Gorshenin Institute think.
Moscow relies on radical nationalists all over the world, not only in Europe but also in the USA. However, one should admit that Russia was quite effective in using Serbs in its operations.
The experts interviewed by Gorshenin Institute have shared cautious optimism about the EU granting a visa-free status to Ukraine in the near future. However, they said it was too early for Ukrainian diplomats and civil society to be complacent.
According to the Moldovan constitution, the president has very limited powers and commitments. He may influence foreign policy if he acts in harmony with the government and parliament. If he chooses confrontation, he is unlikely to succeed.
The travel information and authorisation system, used by the West and soon to be rolled out by the EU, would be a perfect option for Ukraine to set its migration policy straight both with regard to Russian nationals and other foreigners.
This election has disproved a huge number of stereotypes rooted in the political class and professional community of political consultants and analysts.
Moldova's potential president Igor Dodon is one of the tools of the Kremlin, therefore what is happening in Moldova directly threatens the very existence of Ukraine.
Bulgaria follows the Russian model, in which the "new nobility" formed by post-communist oligarchs and led by Vladimir Putin is a continuation of the old system. All key positions in the country, including Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, are in one way or another connected with the former Communist Party and the Committee for State Security (CSS), Bulgaria's KGB.