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Although the electoral alliance increases the chances the parties of the centre-left have of securing a strong election result, it is unlikely they will beat Fidesz.
Russia is intent on portraying a negative image of the protests in Ukraine by highlighting their potential consequences.
The first concessions by President Yanukovych confirm that the option of violence is now no longer being considered.
It is highly likely that, due to a coalition compromise, the current course of Sweden’s security policy will be maintained following the parliamentary election.
Considering the scale of violence in the North Caucasus, the conflict in the region should be regarded as a local civil war.
On 21 January, Serbia formally embarked upon negotiations prior to it joining the EU.
Many factors indicate that the militant underground in the Caucasus is essentially different to the one operating there a few years ago.
Russia is seeking to bolster its position towards the United States, with the aim of forcing it into strategic bargaining.
In its current form, however, the protest does not pose any real threat to President Yanukovych’s rule. The continuance of the Maidan protests may even be beneficial for the authorities.
The expectations of political and social change produced by the Maidan rallies among large parts of the Ukrainian public will not disappear.