Around the Bloc

15 August 2012
Putin Death Plot Suspect Faces Extradition, Ponta Says He Can Live With Basescu

Plus, Kyrgyzstan’s methadone program comes under fire and the EU accuses Czechs and Latvians of anti-competitive telecoms plans.

By Ky Krauthamer, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Ernad Halilovic
14 August 2012
More Tribulations for Roma in France, Macedonia’s Lustration Law Goes on Trial

Plus, Russian dissidents seek asylum in Ukraine and Polish Catholics don’t want heavy metal in their energy drinks.

By Ky Krauthamer, Josh Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu and Ernad Halilovic

13 August 2012
Czech President Not Proud of Pride, Brussels Steps Into Sweden-Belarus Row
Plus, a Tajik warlord lays down his arms and Croatia’s economy gets it from all sides.
By Barbara Frye, Josh Boissevain, and Ioana Caloianu
10 August 2012
A Possible Murder Charge for Tymoshenko, a Romanian Cabinet Post for a Holocaust Denier Premium
Plus, a Russian opposition leader is detained, again, and eight are killed in a Dagestan firefight.
By S. Adam Cardais and Ernad Halilovic
9 August 2012
Medvedev the Wartime Vacillator, and Underground Muslims

Plus, drought hits Romania’s farmers and gun ownership, legal and illegal, remains high in the Balkans.

By Barbara Frye, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Ernad Halilovic
8 August 2012
More Resignations at Serbian Central Bank, Russia Reveals Arctic Defense Plans

Plus, a bombing in Ingushetia fuels a dispute between Caucasus chiefs and a sex scene scotches a Bulgarian diplomat’s plum posting.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, and Joshua Boissevain
7 August 2012
Mongolian Ex-President Convicted, Lebedev Crumples Under Police Pressure

Plus, tit for tat expulsions in Belarusian teddy-bear war and Sofia will lose a much-hated sculpture.

By Ky Krauthamer, Josh Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu and Ernad Halilovic
6 August 2012
Romania’s Impeachment Drama Continues, Russian Region Enlists Cossacks for Migration Control Premium

Plus, Serbia makes moves on the central bank and Slovenia could be the EU’s next bailout candidate.

By Barbara Frye, Josh Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu and Ernad Halilovic
3 August 2012
Putin Praises Russian Olympic Judo Team, Uzbekistan to Ban Foreign Bases Premium

Plus, Belgrade seeks a new IMF deal, and Bosnia to “out” tax evaders?

By S. Adam Cardais and Sofia Lotto Persio
2 August 2012
Polish Budget Airline Grounded, EULEX Pulling Out of Kosovo
Plus, more disruptions interrupt the Pussy Riot trial and a speedster brakes hard at the Belarus-Lithuania border.
By Ky Krauthamer, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, Sofia Lotto Persio, and Ernad Halilovic


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