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For your coal plants and ours NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Day, 4 Hours, 30 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) 2 Days, 4 Hours, 37 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) 3 Days, 5 Hours, 53 Minutes 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 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 33 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 Week, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 31 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) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 24 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) 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 41 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...
More instability NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 8 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
AFTER 18 months of political turbulence, which saw four governments fall, the last thing Bulgaria needed was another inconclusive election. And yet yesterday’s snap parliamentary poll produced a highly fragmented parliament that will do little...
Scoring solidarity NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
SHUNNED by members of other Czech football teams, who have refused to join them on the pitch, a Roma team is winning matches without having to score a single goal. In a show of support, Western diplomats played the Roma footballers on September...
Bulgaria goes to the polls (again) NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 1 Minute ago
BULGARIA has changed governments four times in the last 18 months. On October 5th Bulgarians will vote for another one. After nearly two years of political instability, which began after anti-poverty protests led to the resignation of the centre-righ...
Party hardy NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
POLAND'S outgoing foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, is a polyglot foreign-policy wonk who helped lead his country to its heftiest international presence in centuries. Grzegorz Schetyna is a party insider who has evinced little interest in intern...
Precious few NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
POLES who risked their lives, and those of their families, to save Jews during the Holocaust are to be honoured with a monument to be constructed next year close to the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The design contest has just been launch...
Divide and digest NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
THE Mejlis is the governing body of Crimea’s Tatars, the Muslim indigenous group who make up 12% of the region’s population. On September 16th, its headquarters was surrounded and searched by dozens of Russian police (pictured). The raid...
Kafka on the Black Sea NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
TO NO one’s surprise, Crimea’s first elections since Russia annexed it this spring were won by United Russia, the party of Vladimir Putin. Official figures showed a healthy turnout of 60%, though this jumped rather oddly from 45% just two...
Ukraine's unhappy ceasefire NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 37 Minutes ago
A TENUOUS ceasefire took hold in Ukraine on September 5th, bringing a lull to fighting that has raged for nearly five months, killing over 2,500 people. The agreement, devised by Russia's Vladimir Putin and signed by Ukrainian and rebel representativ...
A celebration hijacked by politics NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Minutes ago
FIFTY frail Slovak octo-and-nanogenerians, their uniform jackets adorned with shiny medals, sat patiently in the sun on August 29th through speeches and performances (pictured). Seventy years ago, these men and women joined a bloody uprising against...
Politics without Tusk NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 39 Minutes ago
DONALD TUSK’s elevation to president of the European Council, the most prestigious job for a Pole since Karol Wojtyla became John Paul II, has left a gaping hole at the heart of Polish politics. Who will fill it will determine whether the rulin...
From Danzig to Donetsk NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
SEVENTY-FIVE years after the start of the second world war, the West seems to capitulate again to aggression, say Polish intellectuals. In an appeal, signed today, the anniversary of the start of the war, in Gdańsk (pictured in 1939, when i...
Eat apples to annoy Putin NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
RUSSIA’S import ban on Polish fruit and vegetables will leave Poland with a big surplus of apples by the end of the year. Last year 677,000 tonnes of Polish apples went to Russia, accounting for 56% of Poland’s apple exports.  This y...
Disagreements over the EU's Ostpolitik NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
IN RECENT years Germany has become Poland's closest political ally and economic partner. The heads of state, heads of government and foreign ministers of the two countries are on excellent terms and see each other frequently. But in the last few mont...