Conflict & Diplomacy
Is This the End of the Caucasus Emirate?

As several North Caucasus commanders transfer their allegiance to the Islamic State, an IS spokesman announces the creation of a ‘Caucasus Province.’ From openDemocracy.

By Regis Gente
1 July 2015
Around the Bloc
Siemens Reportedly Skirts Sanctions on Crimea, Kremlin Slates UN Srebrenica Resolution

Plus, EU to help ‘frontline’ Hungary with migrant influx, and energy challenges lie ahead for Kazakhstan.

By Clare Speak, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
1 July 2015
Around the Bloc
Migrants Riot at Hungarian Camp, Albanian Police-Murder Suspects Arrested

Plus, an OSCE mission reportedly comes under fire in Ukraine, and Azerbaijan opens a naval base on the Caspian Sea.

By Clare Speak, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
30 June 2015
Around the Bloc
Armenian Protests Continue, Macedonia Adds to Greek Bank Woes

Plus, a bid to create a war crimes court in Kosovo falters, and a pro-EU mayor wins re-election in Moldova’s capital.

By Timothy Spence
29 June 2015
Environment
Russia’s Bridge to Crimea: Quick Profits for Putin’s Crony, Zero Accountability

The huge project disregards major environmental and safety issues.

By Halya Coynash
29 June 2015
Around the Bloc
IS Plants a Flag in North Caucasus, No Serbian Trial for Ex-Bosniak Commander

Plus, Kosovo hits allegedly Iran-linked groups, and Hungary’s tobacco-trade reform raises competition concerns.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
26 June 2015
Around the Bloc
Bosnia Gets a Historic Wartime Rape Ruling, Romania’s Embattled Leader Takes Sick
Plus, Kyrgyzstan’s ‘gay propaganda’ bill clears another hurdle and Central Europeans mull the workings of Russia’s energy giants. By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
25 June 2015
Around the Bloc
Moscow Livid Over U.S. Arms Shipments to Its Border, Trans-Asian Pipeline Inches Ahead

Plus, Russian authorities slap down a consumer group for questioning the takeover of Crimea, and Kyrgyz nationalists go head to head with the Kremlin over a World War I ‘genocide.’

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
24 June 2015

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Not Exactly Friends of Greece

After a sometimes-traumatic transition, then austerity, post-communist countries especially have lost patience with Athens.

By MARTIN EHL
30 June 2015
The New EU
Which Refugees are ‘Threatening’ the Czechs?

When a government minister says accepting 1,853 migrants could destroy his country, it’s Europe’s hard-won freedoms that are really under attack.

By KATERINA SAFARIKOVA
18 June 2015
Middle Europa
In (Russian) News We Trust?

We are fighting the information war with rusty weapons.

By MARTIN EHL
9 June 2015
Balkan Eye
Thunder Near the Powder House

What is the price of failed Roma integration in Bulgaria?

By BOYKO VASSILEV
4 June 2015
Middle Europa
Out of Nowhere

Does the shocking election victory of Poland’s new president represent a sea change on the political scene?

By MARTIN EHL
26 May 2015
Middle Europa
A Wake-up Call in Poland

The incumbent president’s second-place finish in the first round of elections throws Polish politics into disarray.

By MARTIN EHL
12 May 2015
Balkan Eye
Sorosoids Versus Rubladjiis

As the anniversary of a bloody year unfolds, cue the pseudo-intellectual historical parallels.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
7 May 2015

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