Gordan Grlić Radman was born in 1958, he attainted Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural Economics and later attended management studies at the Institut für Kaderschule in Bern, and in 2007 attained PhD on the topic of Neutrality and the New European Security Architecture. Started his diplomatic career in the Croatian Embassy of the Swiss Confederation. Throughout his career, he worked on a number of distinguished functions. Most notably as an Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Hungary, as a President of the Danube Commission and later as an Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a member of numerous international associations and is a lecturer at various colleges and schools. He speaks German, English, Bulgarian and Hungarian.
Opening the EU accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia while many European countries remained in lockdown exhibited positive messaging on two fronts: it appeased the effected countries and demonstrated to the world that the EU did not pause completely, even during unprecedented times of adversity. The crisis underlined the region’s vulnerability to influence from other global powers and exposed the fragility of regional political systems. For Ukraine, which has been resisting military aggression from the Russian Federation (including the occupation of Crimea) while simultaneously enduring difficult a domestic transformation, the threat of the novel coronavirus has proven extremely challenging. Could this crisis be used by the Ukrainian national government to regain citizens’ trust, or will it further deepen political polarization? How can the EU contribute to strengthening the region’s resilience, and what regional measures are necessary in order to meet the EU halfway?