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A bit of protest NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 20 Hours, 24 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) 1 Day, 14 Hours, 37 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 Days, 16 Hours, 17 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) 5 Days, 18 Hours, 56 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) 1 Week, 14 Hours, 31 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) 1 Week, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 38 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 Week, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 54 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) 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 34 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) 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 14 Hours, 32 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) 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 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) 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 42 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) 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 34 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) 1 Month, 7 Hours, 18 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) 1 Month, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 2 Minutes 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, 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 58 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, 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 34 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, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 40 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, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 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, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 38 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, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 20 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...