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URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/eastern-approaches
Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:772
Posts / Week:4.4
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

From Danzig to Donetsk

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 in Gda?sk (pictured in 1939, when it was called Danzig, just after the...Show More Summary

Eat apples to annoy Putin

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 year Poland was able to export its apples to Russia only until August 1 st when Russia imposed the import ban. Show More Summary

Disagreements over the EU's Ostpolitik

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 inShow More Summary

Holy warriors

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 media were picking up reports from Kurdish television saying that the 24-year-old from Kosovo was dead. Show More Summary

Bloodied but unbowed

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 vehicles sped up to the entrance. Show More Summary

The evidence

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. Show More Summary

Slovenia's next prime minister

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 election, which means that Mr Cerar (pictured) is almost certain to be Slovenia’s next prime minister. Show More Summary

Why the run on banks?

IN A country struggling with rampant corruption, a weak judiciary and unstable government, the Bulgarian banking system has consistently won praise for its stable institutions, high liquidity and low risk. In the past few weeks that system has come under attack in the worst run on banks in 17 years. Show More Summary

Remembering the Yellow Star houses

THIS Saturday, June 21st, marks the 70th anniversary of the forcible relocation of Budapest’s Jews. Around 220,000 Jews, including those who had converted to Christianity, were moved out of their homes, to 2,000 apartment buildings designated as ‘Yellow Star Houses’. Show More Summary

Obama's first stop in Europe

ON A visit to Poland today, Barack Obama tried to reassure central Europeans rattled by Russia's aggression against Ukraine that America's commitment to NATO and to their security was “rock solid”. Speaking in Warsaw at the start ofShow More Summary

Black sites

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.Show More Summary

A press statement while Russia was sleeping

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

Where is Radek?

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 escalating Mr Sikorski seems to have been sidelined from Europe’s diplomatic efforts. Show More Summary

“This is not a disaster. It is Hell”

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 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Show More Summary

The evidence

THE circumstantial evidence for what happened to Malaysian 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. Show More Summary

Clean sweep

GEORGIA’S municipal elections have produced a clean sweep for the governing Georgian Dream coalition. In run-off elections on July 12 th Georgian Dream won every municipality in the country. After victories in parliamentary elections in 2012, and presidential ones the following year, the coalition now controls every level of government. Show More Summary

Slovenia's next prime minister

MIRO CERAR looks a little like a man in shock. On June 2 nd the mild-mannered, 50-year old academic formed a political party named after himself. On July 13 th Miro Cerar won more than a third of the votes in Slovenia’s general election meaning that Mr Cerar (pictured) is almost certain to be Slovenia’s next prime minister. Show More Summary

A mounting toll

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 July 12th, when three Grad rockets hit 15 Lyubovich Street on the western edge of Donetsk. Show More Summary

Mixed feelings

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 comprise much of Moldova’s countryside, the news struck a raw nerve. Show More Summary

"I wanted to sell cheap Russian coal in Poland"

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 Sk?ady W?gla, a retailer of Russian coal, was arrested in connection with the wiretapping. Show More Summary

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