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November 24, 2015, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

Following the reprehensible terror attacks in Paris, politicians and the media have understandably concentrated on the security situation, the hunt for perpetrators and the fight against “Islamic State.” However, refugees […]


Fatal fire response latest in long list of grievances against Romania’s Ponta

November 4, 2015, by Alex Bivol

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned on November 4 following large protests against the authorities’ response in the aftermath of the f ...

A man stydies the election campaign newspaper of President Petro Poroshenko's Solidarnist party on Oct. 8 in Kyiv photo Volodymyr Petrov

Five lessons from the local elections in Ukraine

October 30, 2015, by Andrew Wilson of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Turnout was low, but respectable The official participation rate for Ukraine’s local elections was 46.5 per cent. This may sound low, but was not mu ...

Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Photo: Piotr Drabik

Poland’s choice: the day after

October 26, 2015, by Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations

This is an unprecedented moment in the 25 years of Polish democracy. The national-conservative Law and Justice Party won a landslide victory of 39 per ...

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    Bulgaria’s circles of coffee, compromises and coalitions
    July 31, 2015, by Clive Leviev-Sawyer

    A pattern of apparent collusion between Boiko Borissov’s GERB party and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms in recent votes in Parliament is raising questions about who is running the […]

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    Opinion: Varoufakis’ resignation comes too late
    July 6, 2015, by Bernd Riegert of Deutsche Welle

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has probably done his country the best service he can by stepping down. His move hugely facilitates new negotiations with the lenders about a third […]

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    One year on, CCB saga in Bulgaria far from over
    June 19, 2015, by Alex Bivol

    A year after the Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) asked to be put under the central bank’s administration on June 20 2014, Bulgaria has made very little headway towards a satisfactory […]