Around the bloc
Putin Threatens Repercussions for Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet
Syrian Turkmen fighters, a Turkey-backed rebel group in Syria, claim they shot Russian pilots as they descended by parachute.
25 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Russia Halts Gas Supplies to Ukraine
Moscow cut gas supplies to Kyiv for nonpayment, may halt coal deliveries over Crimea blackout.
25 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Czech ‘Bloc Against Islam’ Leader Charged With Hate Speech

Far-right group leader’s lawyer says he is accused of inciting hatred against Muslims via Facebook posts.

25 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Romania to Pay 1989 Protesters
ECHR rules in favor of demonstrators injured in Bucharest uprising that brought down Ceausescu.
25 November 2015
Aliev’s Pyrrhic Victory

Another election victory cannot mask the cracks that are beginning to appear in Azerbaijan’s power structure.

By Aleksandra Jarosiewicz
25 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Uzbekistan ‘Gangster State,’ Swedish Prosecutor Says
Tashkent was behind the attempted murder of an Uzbek dissident cleric living in Sweden, a court hears.
24 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Viktor Orban: ‘All Terrorists Are Basically Migrants’
Hungary’s premier says immigration and terrorism link ‘obvious,’ calls for greater EU border controls, vetting of migrants.
24 November 2015
Around the Bloc
200,000 Kosovans Sign Petition Against Serbia Deals
Kosovo's constitution obliges the authorities to consider an initiative against giving ethnic Serb population greater autonomy.
24 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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