Around the Bloc

30 January 2015
Minsk Plans Another Round of Ukraine Talks, Slovaks to Vote on Gay Marriage

Plus, Serbia’s military chief faces new Kosovo allegations, and Mongolia gets a taste of SMS democracy.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
29 January 2015
West Mulls Response to Escalation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan Extends Reporter's Detention
Plus, warnings of a 'new authoritarianism' in the Balkans and mounting repression in Kazakhstan.
By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
28 January 2015
U.S. Gives Military Hardware to Uzbekistan, New Outbreak of Violence in Pristina

Plus, the murder trial of a fugitive Kazakhstani tycoon is postponed, and Belarus rediscovers its own language.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
27 January 2015
Litvinenko Death Probe Opens, Kremlin Blasts S&P’s ‘Junk’ Rating

Plus, aid agencies criticize travel restrictions on Ukraine’s separatist zones, and uranium-rich Kazakhstan mulls the benefits of nuclear power.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
26 January 2015
Mariupol Deaths Prompt Calls for New Sanctions, NATO to Beef Up Presence on Eastern Flank

Plus, tech companies cash out of Crimea, and a Jewish group condemns an honor given by Romania’s new president

By Timothy Spence and Barbara Frye
 
23 January 2015
Poroshenko Insists on ‘Unitary’ Ukraine, Top Schools in Tajikistan Under Threat

Plus, Poland’s president rejects his foreign minister’s Auschwitz remark and the Paris attacks cloud Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen hopes.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, and Will Sandeman
 
22 January 2015
New Cracks in EU Front on Russia, Think Tank Warns of IS Push in Central Asia

Plus, tough talk from Moscow on gas for Europe, and prosecutors want Seselj back in The Hague.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
21 January 2015
Lavrov Calls for New Ukraine Cease-Fire, Russians Offered Free Land in Far East

Plus, governments scramble to defend currencies against the skyrocketing Swiss franc, and Armenia takes a fresh look at EU integration.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
20 January 2015
Fighting Nears Central Donetsk, Balkan Neighbors at Odds Over Trepca Mine

Plus, bomb blasts shake Albania’s second city and a major Eurasian communications link comes closer to reality.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
 
19 January 2015
No New Cease-Fire for Ukraine, Mass Killing in Armenia Prompts a Call from Putin

Plus, jihadists reportedly expand their recruitment drive in Kyrgyzstan, and rights groups protest the jailing of a Macedonian journalist. 

By Timothy Spence
 

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