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Transylvanian surprise NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Days, 23 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
IN A world where politics often seem locked down by political scientists and campaign consultants, it is nice to be surprised once in a while. Opinion polls leading up to Romania's presidential elections on Sunday all predicted a clear victory for Vi...
Shale fail NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 1 Hour, 46 Minutes ago
ON NOVEMBER 25th, fracking experts from across the continent will convene in Warsaw for the Shale Gas World Europe conference. The gathering is a reminder of the heady days, just a few years back, when the Polish government promised to wean...
A minister comes out NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
WHEN Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia’s foreign minister, came out as gay last week, he had a good sense of the political and cultural minefield he was stepping into. “All hell is likely to break loose, but #proudtobegay”, his Lat...
The dissidents look back NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
FOR most of the 1980s, avant-garde artist Laszlo Rajk deployed his creative talents towards irritating Hungary’s communist regime. From 1981-83, he ran a samizdat (underground literature) bookshop out of his apartment. “There was an...
Get on with it, already NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 15 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
BRITAIN and Germany want to save Bosnia from death by stagnation. This is the subtext of a plan unveiled in Berlin on November 5th in an open letter from the two countries' foreign ministers to the Bosnian people, at a meeting of Balka...
Georgian Dream's wake-up call NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 20 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
NOVEMBER is a fateful month in Georgian politics. The Rose Revolution took place in November of 2003. In November of 2007, a brutal police crackdown on demonstrations triggered snap presidential elections. Seven years on, the government is in turmoil...
Potemkin observers NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
REBEL commander Alexander Zakharchenko smiled only slightly on hearing that he had won this weekend's elections in Donetsk, Ukraine (pictured). The results were never in doubt: Mr Zakharchenko's nominal opponents openly supported him, and his fa...
Polls closed NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
CRITICISMS of Romanian corruption and democratic improprieties are common enough in Brussels. But on Sunday the criticisms came not from EU functionaries, but from Romanian expatriates. Thousands of Romanians living abroad had lined up outside their...
Cold self-interest NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 47 Minutes ago
IT IS getting chilly in Kiev. During parliamentary elections on October 26th, as temperatures hit 7° Celsius, polling-station officials huddled in padded coats; one warmed her hand over an electric heater while handing out ballots with the other.
A bit of protest NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 31 Minutes ago
VIKTOR ORBAN has finally hit a speed bump. The popular Hungarian prime minister had been on an unstoppable roll this year, winning a two-thirds majority in parliament and waving off foreign criticism of his increasingly illiberal policies.
Spy versus politician NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
LATELY the Czech Republic has become one of the weaker links in Europe's efforts to punish Russia for its interference in Ukraine. For months, critics, especially in Poland and the Baltic states, have accused Czech leaders of insufficient vigilance a...
A coalition for Kiev NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
THE clock starts now. Ukrainian voters opted for a Western-leaning parliament on October 26, casting off the last remnant of Viktor Yanukovych's reign after nearly a year of revolution and war. President Petro Poroshenko (pictured, holding a ballot)...
After the Maidan NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 3 Minutes ago
On the eve of parliamentary elections, a new political class is agitating for change. Only months ago, they were the revolutionariesContinue reading...
For your coal plants and ours NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Weeks, 19 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
"FOR your freedom and ours" was a motto used by Polish rebels who fought in various uprisings against the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires between 1830 and 1849, both in Poland and in Hungary and Italy. Their intent was to build a coalition...
No prize for Leyla Yunus NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
LEYLA YUNUS did not win the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought this year—it went to Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist who has battled sexual violence against women—but she was one of the three finalists. Tha...
Donetsk for me, Lviv for you NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 11 Hours ago
Editor's Note: the original version of this post was based on statements by Radek Sikorski, the former Polish foreign minister, that an offer from Vladimir Putin to Donald Tusk to partition Ukraine had taken place. Mr Sikorski has since retracted tho...
How to buy a (good) reputation NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
RHEINISCH-BERGISCHE VERLAGSGESELLSCHAFT (RBVG), a German publishing group, looks set to sell its 50% stake in Petit Press, the owner of Sme, a Slovak daily, to Penta, a powerful Central European financial group, via an intermediary. Petit Press also...
A historic football victory NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
JUST as fears are mounting that Germany is heading for a recession, there is more bad news for Germans, who have become so used to success in recent years. Poland beat Germany, the current world champion, with a 2:0 victory in a qualification game fo...
The Twelve Labours of Putin NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
VLADIMIR PUTIN turned 62 yesterday. According to the Kremlin press service, he marked his birthday deep in the Siberian taiga, a snow forest 200 miles from the nearest inhabited village.Back in Moscow, the capital was dotted by celebration. Inside GU...
How to deal with Harmony NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
HARMONY, a centrist party representing the Russian-speaking minority, won more votes than any other party in Latvia’s parliamentary elections on Saturday. Yet Harmony is far from victorious: the Saeima, Latvia’s parliament, has 100 s...