Around the Bloc

27 March 2015
Ukrainian Rightist Reportedly in Line for Defense Post, Brussels Nixes Road Funds for Hungary

Plus, the slugfests that are Albanian and Macedonian politics continue.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin
 
26 March 2015
Kyrgyzstan Courts EU, Russia; Human Traffickers Busted

Plus, a jailed Azerbaijani journalist sees her family, and a Chechen lawmaker threatens to send big guns to Mexico.

By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
25 March 2015
Poroshenko Sacks Feisty Governor, Serbia-Kosovo Talks Hit a Hurdle

Plus, German courts refuse to send Bulgarian convicts home to filthy jails; report alleges Gulnara Karimov made billions by arm-twisting foreign investors.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
24 March 2015
Bellwether Balkan Fish at Risk from Dams, Gagauzia Strengthens Ties to Moscow

Plus, a new twist in Albania’s political murder scandal, and experts say China is outpacing Russia in the 21st-century ‘great game.’

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
23 March 2015
NATO Commander Says Russia Still Arms Rebels, German Minister Visits Visegrad Leaders

Plus, Macedonian pupils borrow a protest lesson from university students, and a town in Uzbekistan demolishes a Soviet war memorial.

By Timothy Spence
 
20 March 2015
Europe Presses Moscow on Ukraine Peace Deal, Report Claims Russian-Made Missile Downed MH17

Plus, Azerbaijan releases two of dozens of political prisoners, and Serbians are urged to be careful where they throw their hand grenades.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, and Evgeny Deulin
 
19 March 2015
Serbia Makes Landmark Arrests of Massacre Suspects, Kazakhstan Convicts Police of Torture

Plus, rights groups accuse Ukrainian Army and rebels of using cluster bombs and Kyrgyzstan begins legalizing the underground economy.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
18 March 2015
Caucasus Gas Pipeline Breaks Ground; U.S., Europe Condemn South Ossetia’s New Deal With Moscow

Plus, Kyrgyzstani leader’s secretive trip to Moldova sets the rumor mill turning, and health experts warn that TB remains a major killer in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
17 March 2015
Cold Reception for Kyiv’s Autonomy Offer, Papal Envoy Welcomed in Belarus
Plus, details of Russian ‘troll factories’ emerge and Hungary adjusts to new restrictions on Sunday shopping.
By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
16 March 2015
Putin Weighed Nuclear Option to Protect Crimea, Ukraine’s Leader Calls for New Sanctions

Plus, Armenia’s top diplomat expresses concern about Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistani parties form alliance ahead of presidential election.

By Timothy Spence
 

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