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Czechs pull plug on nuclear expansion NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 19 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
A man walks past cooling towers of the Temelín nuclear power plant.More than five years of international intrigue went out with a whimper on April 10th as Czech utility company ČEZ officially cancelled the planned expansion of the Te...
A rising Russian tide NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Days, 17 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
TOWN by town, eastern Ukraine is falling under the control of men hostile to the Ukrainian state. On April 14th it was the turn of Gorlivka (also known as Horlivka), a 45-minute drive from the regional capital of Donetsk. A couple of hours earlier a...
Speaking with one voice NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Days, 50 Minutes ago
FOR years, Central European political elites have dreamed of presenting a common front in Brussels that allowed them to compete for influence with the big powers. Now, the crisis in Ukraine is making those dreams a reality. Spurred by Russian sabre-r...
The disappearing country NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Days, 13 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
THE KIEV authorities' hold on Donbas and much of the wider region of eastern Ukraine has disappeared. President Oleksandr Turchynov had said that a military operation was imminent and that anyone who left the seized buildings by 6.00 am on April 14th...
Back to the barricades NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Days, 1 Hour, 24 Minutes ago
THE situation in eastern Ukraine has moved into a new and ominous phase. Shooting was reported on April 12th in Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, two towns in which disciplined, armed and uniformed men seized control of police buildings. Arsen Avakov, U...
A boost for Donald Tusk NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 5 Days, 22 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
DONALD TUSK, Poland’s prime minister since 2007, never seemed like much of a military man. But since Russia’s annexation of Crimea he has focused increasingly on security, calling for a bigger presence of NATO troops in Poland, which cele...
On varieties of invasion NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 18 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
TANKS rolling across borders, territory seized, defending troops put to flight. That, for most people, is what the term “invasion” suggests. And something like that sequence of events seems to be in the minds of American and European lead...
Eye of the storm NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
AT FIRST sight Finnbay—"helping you to navigate in the detail [sic] when you are in Finland"—looks odd only for its Borat-worthy syntax. It mainly focusses on the joys of ex-pat life in Finland, though this alarmist story about...
To Viktor the spoils NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
VIKTOR ORBAN, Hungary’s prime minister, celebrated an historic victory on Sunday after his right-wing Fidesz party routed the opposition and looked set to maintain its two-thirds majority in the legislature. By noon on Monday, with 99% of the v...
Weaning Poland off Russian gas NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
THOUGH still very dependent on Russian gas, Poland is starting to become much better at looking after its energy needs. Last year the country imported 60% of its gas from Russia. As of April 1st Poland can import significantly more gas from Germany,...
A book too far NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Karen Dawisha is a distinguished Russia expert, who for the past few years has been working on a book about the origins of modern Russian corruption, focussing particularly on the links between the ex-KGB, business and organised crime in St Petersbur...
Choppy waters NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
IT WAS a rare point of agreement in the country’s polarised politics: on March 7th, 2013, the Georgian parliament adopted a bi-partisan resolution in support of the country’s pro-western course. Even so, recent events highlight how diffic...
Worries about freedom of the press NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
WHEN Dunja Mijatovic intervenes it is normally in countries where journalists are in real trouble. So, the fact that the Freedom of the Media Representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has written to the Slovenian fore...
Fico's surprising defeat NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
IN A surprise upset, Robert Fico, Slovakia’s prime minister (pictured), lost the March 29th presidential run-off election to Andrej Kiska, a businessman and philanthropist. The result is a rebuke for Mr Fico, who has dominated politics in...
Crimean refugees in Lviv NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
AFTER annexing Crimea, Russia has given residents of the peninsula one month to opt out of Russian citizenship. Thousands of them, predominantly Ukrainian speakers and Crimean Tatars, who make up about 12% of the local population, are leaving. Arseni...
In search of lost time NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
ABKHAZIA in 2008; Crimea in 2014: both are territories rudely seized by Russia, Abkhazia from Georgia and Crimea from Ukraine. Vladimir Putin has formally annexed Crimea, while leaving Abkhazia in a netherworld of quasi-independence. But the two plac...
Misha summoned NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
AMERICA and the European Union responded with “concern” to the public prosecutor’s decision on March 22nd to summon Mikheil Saakashvili (pictured), the ex-president, for questioning as a witness. Subpoenas tend to be the precursor f...
Still divisive NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
THE fourth anniversary of the Smolensk disaster, which claimed the lives of Lech Kaczynski, the Polish president, his wife and dozens of others from Poland’s political, military and civil elite is fast approaching.One would assume that, with ne...
The bear is back NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The current crisis in Crimea is not the first time that Russia and the West have confronted each other over the peninsula. On March 25th 1854—160 years ago today—The Economist published the following leader on the risks of fighting Russia...