Plus, Poland becomes the latest Russian neighbor to revive military conscription, and Tajikistan tries a go-easy approach with Islamic State fighters.
Plus, Azerbaijan moves to shore up its currency and the maker of Russia’s AK-47 plans to diversify.
Plus, Montenegro approves a broad surveillance law and Romania’s universities start to empty out.
Plus, an Armenian opposition leader lashes out at heavy-handed government tactics, and Kazakhstan’s loyal politicos urge snap presidential elections.
Plus, cash-strapped Mongolia asks for IMF assistance, and Turkmenistanis line up to buy dollars as economic bad news mounts.
Plus, Merkel urges Hungary’s Orban to respect dissent, and crowdfunders aim to save a Belarus bookstore from a crippling fine.
Plus, aid agencies criticize travel restrictions on Ukraine’s separatist zones, and uranium-rich Kazakhstan mulls the benefits of nuclear power.
Moves to dismantle recently established pension systems show a profound lack of vision.
Plus, tech companies cash out of Crimea, and a Jewish group condemns an honor given by Romania’s new president
Plus, Poland’s president rejects his foreign minister’s Auschwitz remark and the Paris attacks cloud Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen hopes.
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