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Filed Under:News / International Affairs
Posts on Regator:782
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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Scoring solidarity

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 21st. Show More Summary

Bulgaria goes to the polls (again)

BULGARIA has changed governments four times in the last 18 months. On October 5 th Bulgarians will vote for another one. After nearly two years of political instability, which began after anti-poverty protests led to the resignationShow More Summary

Party hardy

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...Show More Summary

Precious few

POLES who risked their lives, and those of their families, to save Jews during the Holocaust are to be honoured with a monument (pictured above), to be constructed next year close to the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The design contest has just been launched, but the idea remains controversial. Show More Summary

Divide and digest

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 16, its headquarters was surrounded and searched by dozens of Russian police. The raid came just...Show More Summary

Kafka on the Black Sea

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 hours before polls closed. Show More Summary

Ukraine's unhappy ceasefire

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 representatives, held for little more than 24 hours since coming into force at 6pm local time. Show More Summary

A celebration hijacked by politics

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 the Nazi occupiers. Show More Summary

Politics without Tusk

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 ruling Civic Platform (PO) party can hang on to power and win a third parliamentary term next year. Show More Summary

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

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