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Blog Profile / Eastern Approaches

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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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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

Who is Bureš?

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 26 th, the name of the finance minister, Andrej Babiš (pictured), will be removed from a list of collaborators with the communist secret police (StB). Show More Summary

Why the run on banks?

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

Signing up for Europe

WHEN Georgia signed an association agreement in Brussels today, it took a significant step towards closer political and economic ties with the European Union (EU). That includes a free trade deal, under which Georgian exporters will be able to sell their goods in the EU without tariffs–with the sole exception of garlic. Show More Summary

Tusk's tough week

DONALD TUSK, Poland's prime minister, is hanging on to power despite the damage inflicted by a spate of illegally recorded dinner conversations between ministers and other top officials, which have been splashed in newspapers around the world. Show More Summary

The doctors' declaration of faith

THE scene had a melodramatic touch: two stone tablets with an engraved Declaration of Faith by Polish doctors who recognise “the primacy of God’s laws over human laws” in medicine were carried last month to a sanctuary in Cz?stochowa, in the south of Poland. Show More Summary

The Serbs and the Hapsburgs

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife leaving the town hall, a few moments before they were assassinated On July 4th 1914 The Economist published this article in response to the assassination on June 28th of Archduke Franz FerdinandShow More Summary

A 500-year high point

OUR special report on Poland examines the country's relations with its neighbours, the shifting power of the Catholic church and how it fared after the global recession

Sikorski in hot water

MORE illegal recordings are destabilising the Polish government this week. The juiciest revelation so far is that the foreign minister, Radek Sikorski (pictured), said in January that he viewed Poland's alliance with America as “worthless”. Show More Summary

A new president

ANDREJ KISKA, Slovakia’s new president, was sworn on June 15th. If his first day in office is any indication the tenor of the presidency is about to change—and perhaps the tone of the country’s politics too. Inauguration day saw supportive crowds, rather than the protesters who turned up for his predecessor, cheer Mr Kiska. Show More Summary

Remembering the Yellow Star houses

THIS Saturday, June 21st, marks the 70 th 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

Can Belka keep his job?

MAREK BELKA, governor of the National Bank of Poland, is fighting to hang on to his post and his reputation. An obscenity-laced recording appears to show the boss of Poland's central bank striking a deal to support the government ofShow More Summary

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