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Kafka on the Black Sea NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Day, 5 Hours, 41 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 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 1 Minute 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 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 43 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) 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 2 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) 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 4 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) 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 6 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) 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 54 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...
Holy warriors NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
IS LAVDRIM MUHAXHERI dead? At the end of July the leading Albanian jihadi fighting in Syria (pictured) was posting photos of himself on Facebook in which he appears to chop the head off a young man who he said was a spy. A few days ago the Balkan med...
Bloodied but unbowed NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Weeks, 10 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
THE one hospital for the Russian city of Donetsk (not to be confused with the larger Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, 135 miles away) sits just a few miles from the border with Ukraine. Around 5pm on August 17th I was standing outside when a convoy of veh...
Black sites NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Minutes ago
POLAND has become the first jurisdiction to suffer the consequences of taking part in the American government's secret detention and torture programme, launched in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in New York. The European Cour...
A press statement while Russia was sleeping NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 19 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
VLADIMIR PUTIN told the world that Russia supports an investigation into MH17. But at home he will continue to wage an information war favouring Russia's version of events Continue reading...
Where is Radek? NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
AT THE start of the Ukraine crisis Poland’s foreign minister, Radek Sikorski (pictured), was a central figure in formulating a European response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Yet as the crisis in Poland’s neighbouring country is escalat...
“This is not a disaster. It is Hell” NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
THE field is filled with bodies. One has on jeans, but no shoes. A second is in a polo shirt and grey socks, one of which is charred. A third wears blue trousers, but your correspondent cannot see the face, smashed as it is under the wreckage of Mala...
The evidence NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
THE circumstantial evidence for what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and to the 298 people on board is already powerful. But there are still many unresolved questions, the answer to which will have a major bearing on what happens next. There...
Clean sweep NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Months, 17 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
GEORGIA’S municipal elections have produced a clean sweep for the governing Georgian Dream coalition. In run-off elections on July 12th Georgian Dream won every municipality in the country. After victories in parliamentary elections in 2012, an...
Slovenia's next prime minister NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Months, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
MIRO CERAR looks a little like a man in shock. On June 2nd the mild-mannered, 50-year old academic formed a political party named after himself. On July 13th Miro Cerar won more than one-third of the votes in Slovenia’s general electi...
A mounting toll NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Months, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
VLADIMIR PISKUNOV once had roses in his garden, red and white ones lining the patio. He once had tomatoes, ripening alongside the cherry trees. He once had a roof over his house. He once had a wife. All of that was wiped out late in the afternoon of...
Mixed feelings NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
WHEN Moldova became the first Eastern Partnership country to ratify its association agreement with the European Union last week, many in Chisinau celebrated a milestone. But further from the capital city, in the ethnically concentrated regions that c...
"I wanted to sell cheap Russian coal in Poland" NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
POLAND’S wiretapping scandal touches many walks of the country’s political and business life, including the coal industry. On June 24th Marek Falenta (pictured), the largest shareholder of Składy Węgla, a retailer of Russian coa...
Who is Bureš? NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 13 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
THE sun seems to have set on the so-called Czech lustration laws passed in the 1990s . After he won a lawsuit in a Slovak court on June 26th, the name of the finance minister, Andrej Babiš (pictured), will be removed from a list of collaborato...