Around the Bloc
Moldovan Police: Paramilitary Band Planned Uprising

 Group allegedly aimed to set up a breakaway territory like those in eastern Ukraine.

27 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Croatian Parties Fail To Agree On New Premier
Newcomer party could play kingmaker role when consultations resume.
27 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Criminals Face Albanian Politics Ban
Elected and appointed officials could be barred from public service for 10 years or more.
27 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Polish Army To Grow By Half
New government says additional troops will be stationed along its eastern borders.
27 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Embattled Russian NGOs Propose Forming Lobby Group
Labeled ‘foreign agents,’ ‘undesirable,’ and threatened with closure, pressure groups mull creating a union to protect their common interests.
27 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Polish Officials Call for Tusk’s Trial Over Smolensk Air Crash
Remarks may revive conspiracy theories about Russian involvement in disaster that killed Polish president, many other officials.
26 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Bulgarian Diaspora Grows as Home Population Keeps Shrinking
Remittances from foreign-based workers are vital to the nation’s economy.
26 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Russian Pilot: Turkish Jets Fired Without Warning
Russia slaps restrictions on agricultural imports in first concrete action against Ankara.
26 November 2015
Crime and Corruption
Moldova: Water – Source of Corruption?

Moldova’s environmental fund give grants without much oversight; one to the village of Gura Cainarului may land its mayor and local business in hot water.

By Marcela Zamosteanu, and Dorin Galben
20 November 2015
A ‘Bucket of Mud’ for Belarus
The country’s mercurial leader first welcomes the Nobel Prize in literature for Svetlana Alexievich, then attacks the world-famous writer. By Tatiana Kozak
19 November 2015
Bosnia Rising

The waters have long receded, but as aid dried up – or never materialized – a flood of questions remains for a Bosnian town at the confluence of two rivers and divided nations.

By Jim Marshall
18 November 2015
Freedom from Expression
Balkan EU hopefuls failing to ensure freedom of expression, the European Commission says.
By Tihomir Loza
17 November 2015
Propaganda Wars in the Czech Republic
Better that Czech teenagers learn about Russian propaganda in school than be hit by it unprepared. From By Alexandra Malachovska
16 November 2015


Middle Europa
An Unlikely Leader in the Making?
Last week the Czech Republic witnessed the emergence of Bohuslav Sobotka as a major new political player.By MARTIN EHL
24 November 2015
The New EU
The Resurrection of Vaclav Klaus

At the get-together of Kremlin sympathizers in Greece last month, one of the headlines was the presence of Czech former President Vaclav Klaus.

13 November 2015
Middle Europa
Corruption Nightmare: Ungovernable Countries Premium
A third of Romania’s political elite face prosecution or are already in jail, a third fear they will be, and a third still think themselves untouchable.By MARTIN EHL
10 November 2015
The Winner Takes the Burden Premium

This is maybe his 10th or his 11th election victory, and friends and foes alike have lost count. Boyko Borissov, the prime minister of Bulgaria, looks unbeatable. 

5 November 2015
Middle Europa
Who’s Afraid of Big, Bad Jaroslaw? Premium
We shouldn’t be so quick to describe Poland’s new government as a ‘threat to democracy.’By MARTIN EHL
27 October 2015
Middle Europa
Europe On the Edge Again Premium
Could the Baltic states‘ stance on Russia be adopted by the EU after testing times?By MARTIN EHL
14 October 2015
Balkan Eye
Tossed by the Waves of History Premium

Bulgarians are feeling torn between fear of an influx of refugees and empathy with their plight.

5 October 2015



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