By Clara Weiss, 14 December 2012
The South Stream pipeline is of considerable political importance: it will undermine the monopoly position of Ukraine as a transit country for gas supplies and ensure that Europe continues to receive a large proportion of its gas from Russia.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 13 December 2012
With 58.6 percent of the votes in the Chamber of Deputies and 60.1 percent in the Senate, Romania’s Social Liberal Union will enjoy a comfortable majority to form the new government.
By Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2012
The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia Appeals Court overturned the convictions of Croatian general Ante Gotovina and Assistant Interior Minister Mladen Markac.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 23 November 2012
In their latest report the International Monetary Fund and European Union call upon the Romanian government to continue its brutal “structural reforms.”
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2012
In early October the Hungarian premier Victor Orban delivered a bloodcurdling tirade placing himself firmly in the camp of the extreme right.
By our correspondents, 25 October 2012
The situation of 3,500 workers at Romania’s Oltchim chemical works remains uncertain following the failure of the Social Democratic government led by Victor Ponta to reopen the plant and provide funds for unpaid salaries.
By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly spoken out in favor of a ban on headscarves in Russian schools.
By Clara Weiss, 24 September 2012
The powerful pro-Putin faction in the Russian State Duma has banished a leading critic of the regime.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 September 2012
The Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban (Fidesz) is planning further austerity measures to meet demands made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 20 September 2012
Hundreds of workers have protested in Romania this month against the government’s plans to privatize state-owned companies as part of a deal agreed with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.
By Clara Weiss, 19 September 2012
Commercial conflicts between European Union energy firms and the Russian gas supplier Gazprom will inevitably raise political tensions.
By Diana Toma, 18 September 2012
In Romania itself and throughout Europe, Roma confront increasing discrimination.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 September 2012
The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban and the neo-fascist Jobbik party are deliberately provoking violent attacks against the Roma minority in Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 August 2012
German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moldova and raised the issue of the impoverished country’s possible accession to the European Union.
By Clara Weiss, 25 August 2012
Western leaders are using the Pussy Riot affair to pressure the Russian government.
By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2012
The governor of the southern Russian Krasnodar region announced he intends to deploy a Cossack militia against illegal immigrants from the Caucasus.
By Vladimir Volkov, 18 August 2012
Three members of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail for singing songs critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
By Clara Weiss, 15 August 2012
Record temperatures and fires in Russia have led to the country’s worst harvest since 2010, triggering a food crisis.
By Clara Weiss, 9 August 2012
Like all of the ex-Stalinist Eastern European countries, Belarus has been devastated by the international economic crisis and now stands on the verge of a social explosion.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 7 August 2012
The number of voters in the referendum fell short of the 50 percent+1 required for the referendum to be considered valid.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 25 July 2012
The Romanian ruling class faces a fierce political crisis, after mass protests at the start of the year brought down the conservative government of Emil Boc.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 July 2012
The 97-year-old is accused of being involved in the murder of 16,000 Hungarian Jews during the Second World War.
By Clara Weiss, 20 July 2012
The reaction of the population to the flood disaster in Krymsk shows the extent of the social divide in Russia and the level of hatred for the government and the oligarchy.
By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 14 July 2012
The Romanian ruling elite is struggling to form a stable government that can impose the austerity measures dictated by the IMF and the European Union.
By Clara Weiss, 12 July 2012
As a result of the stagnation in the eurozone the economic crisis in Russia has worsened considerably.
By Clara Weiss, 10 July 2012
At least 170 people have died following flooding in the southern Russian region of Krasnodarsk at the weekend.
The definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution
5 July 2012
Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, to the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 29 June 2012
The jail sentence of former premier Adrian Nastase on charges of corruption must be considered in relation to the ongoing political crisis in Romania.
By Clara Weiss, 16 June 2012
Tens of thousands joined an anti-Kremlin demonstration in Moscow on Tuesday.
By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian general staff to work out a plan for military operations outside Russia, including in Syria.
By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012
Trade unions are attempting to stifle the wave of strikes that have broken out recently in Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 7 June 2012
Russian president Vladimir Putin met with the German chancellor and the newly elected French president for talks centered on Syria.
By Anna Rombach, 5 June 2012
The health system in Bulgaria is undergoing a devastating decline as a result of the austerity measures dictated by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
By Andrea Peters and Clara Weiss, 26 May 2012
President Vladimir Putin has responded with force to anti-Kremlin protests in recent weeks, as the new government prepares to implement a right-wing agenda.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 May 2012
Social Democratic Prime Minister Robert Fico has made a sharp reduction in Slovakia’s budget deficit the central goal of his new government.
By Diana Toma, 23 May 2012
Cases in Romania of the inhumane treatment of children left abandoned in hospitals or simply thrown in the trash by their own parents are becoming increasingly frequent.
By Clara Weiss, 19 May 2012
The last minute decision of Russian president Vladimir Putin to not attend this week’s G8 summit is an unmistakable sign of deteriorating relations between Moscow and NATO.
By Clara Weiss, 11 May 2012
On Wednesday, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight crashed into the rock face of a volcano near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2012
Immediately after the vote of confidence, the government said it would uphold the aim of reducing the budget deficit below three percent, and would adopt further cost-cutting measures.
By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2012
Putin’s third term as president will be marked by a deepening economic crisis and geopolitical tensions that threaten to escalate into a war between the major powers.
By Clara Weiss, 7 May 2012
The recent threats by the Russian army chief to launch pre-emptive military strikes in eastern Europe underline the growing geopolitical tensions between the major powers.
By Niall Green, 30 April 2012
Explosions in Ukraine point to mounting tensions within the country’s ruling elite.
By Clara Weiss, 28 April 2012
Russia has undertaken intensive preparations during the past few months for a possible military strike by Israel and the United States on Iran.
By John Chan, 27 April 2012
Both China and Russia are deeply concerned at the aggressive US military build up in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 April 2012
The probable election of Janos Ader in May as Hungarian president will advance the policies of the country’s right-wing government.
By Clara Weiss, 21 April 2012
Two strikes have taken place in the Russian car industry in recent weeks, showing the extremely tense social relations in the country.
By Clara Weiss, 16 April 2012
After the conclusion of the election cycle and amid a deepening economic crisis, the Russian government is preparing major cuts in social spending
By Clara Weiss, 7 April 2012
At least 17 migrant workers, apparently undocumented and from Central Asian republics, died in a horrific fire in the southwest of Moscow early Tuesday morning.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 April 2012
Recent reports make clear that the debt crisis is far from over and is generating a huge social and political crisis in many eastern European countries.
By Markus Salzmann, 15 March 2012
The social democratic Smer-SD has emerged as the clear winner in the Slovak parliamentary elections held last Saturday.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 March 2012
The current election campaign is dominated by a huge corruption scandal in which virtually all of the government and opposition parties are involved.
By Andrea Peters, 5 March 2012
Vladimir Putin claimed a victory in Sunday’s presidential elections based, in a vote denounced by the opposition as fraudulent.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2012
In Hungary Orban plays the nationalist card but the truth is that his government is completely dependent on the EU and IMF, and is intent on meeting their demands.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2012
Despite modest economic growth, the Polish government led by Donald Tusk is preparing renewed attacks on workers.
By Clara Weiss, 22 February 2012
In Russia in 2012, analysts expect economic decline and a further intensification of the capital exodus.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2012
The spate of cold weather that has lasted for weeks in many parts of Europe has now claimed at least 600 lives.
By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2012
The appointment of Michael McFaul as new US ambassador to Moscow has fueled fresh tensions between Washington and Moscow.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2012
The Romanian government resigned on Monday following weeks of protests against its austerity measures.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 January 2012
The wave of social uprisings that rocked the Middle East, the US, Greece, Spain and other countries last year has now reached Eastern Europe.
By Clara Weiss, 24 January 2012
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presented his election program in an article published January 16 in the Russian daily Izvestia.
By a correspondent in Bucharest, 23 January 2012
As protests in Romania enter their second week, workers are facing increased pressure and threats from the ruling elite.
By Diana Toma and Stefan Steinberg, 18 January 2012
Last weekend Romania witnessed some of the biggest and most violent confrontations between demonstrators and the state since the overthrow of the country’s Stalinist regime over two decades ago.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 January 2012
The new constitution undermines basic democratic rights, curtailing the rights of opposition and the judiciary, and lays the seeds of armed conflict with neighbouring countries.
By Diana Toma, 6 January 2012
Unemployment is rising in Romania following the decision by a number of major companies to shift their operations abroad.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 December 2011
Just before the Christmas break, the Hungarian parliament passed a number of authoritarian and nationalist laws.
By Clara Weiss, 27 December 2011
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Moscow to protest the rigged Russian parliamentary elections of December 4.
By Clara Weiss, 23 December 2011
In his annual address before the Federal Assembly on December 22, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced limited concessions to the liberal free-market opposition.
By Vladimir Volkov, 23 December 2011
The Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), created at the beginning of this March, is trying to establish in Russia a culture of pseudo-left opportunism, completely hostile to the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 December 2011
Havel’s anti-communism, his arrogance towards working people and his unconditional support for the wars of NATO and the US made him the darling of international politics and the media.
By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2011
On a nationally televised call-in show Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin responded to dozens of questions from callers by dismissing recent protests against election fraud and appealing to free market liberals.
By Niall Green, 14 December 2011
Russian billionaire oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov announced on December 12 that he would run in next year’s presidential elections against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
By Anna Rombach, 14 December 2011
For the last two weeks, Bulgaria has witnessed widespread protests and an indefinite strike by railway workers.
By Andrea Peters, 12 December 2011
Thousands of people joined protests on Saturday in cities across Russia in the largest antigovernment demonstrations in nearly two decades.
By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2011
German journalists have uncovered the location of one of the notorious “black site” torture prisons run in Europe by the CIA.
By Alex Lantier, 9 December 2011
Amid deep popular disaffection and opposition protests against the regime of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin following Russia’s December 4 parliamentary elections, US officials are mounting a campaign to destabilize Russia.
By Fred Williams, 7 December 2011
United Russia, the ruling party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, suffered major losses in parliamentary elections on December 4.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 December 2011
Thousands marched through the Hungarian capital Budapest on Saturday to protest against the austerity policies of the government led by Victor Orban.
By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2011
Relations between Moscow and Washington have grown increasingly tense, with the latest dispute between the countries centering on Russian opposition to a US missile defense system in Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 December 2011
The downgrading of Hungary’s creditworthiness to junk status by Moody’s rating agency means the debt crisis has now fully hit eastern Europe.
By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2011
On November 8, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched the first line of the new Nord Stream pipeline.
By Anna Rombach, 17 November 2011
Rosen Plevneliev, the candidate of the right-wing GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) party, won the Bulgarian presidency October 30.
By Diana Toma, 15 November 2011
The sacking of 900 miners in Romania is the beginning of a new offensive by the right-wing government led Premier Emil Boc.
By Clara Weiss, 11 November 2011
The recent commemoration of National Unity Day in Russia saw an outpouring of ultra-nationalism in Moscow, far-right sentiments that are a direct product of the promotion of Great Russian chauvinism by the Kremlin.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2011
A social catastrophe is looming in Hungary due to the latest austerity program adopted by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban and dictated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
By Niall Green, 24 October 2011
Russia has struck a free-trade deal with several of its ex-Soviet neighbors. The move is especially significant as it brings Ukraine and Russia closer together at a time when the EU is attempting to strike its own trade deal with Kiev.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 October 2011
Last week Slovakia was the last of the 17 euro-zone countries to vote on the expansion of the European rescue fund (EFSF).
By Diana Toma, 20 October 2011
While the rights of workers are ignored, the contract agreed by Romanian trade unions provides considerable favors for the union bureaucracy.
By Ante Dotto, 17 October 2011
The political deadlock in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) represents the systemic failure of the entire official political framework in the region and a foreign policy disaster for the state's international backers, the US and EU.
By Alex Lantier, 13 October 2011
Putin wrapped up a two-day visit to Beijing Wednesday that focused on signing billions in contracts with Chinese firms.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 October 2011
The ability of the ruling Civic Platform to remain in office—the first Polish government to be re-elected since 1989—has less to do with its own strength, but rather in the complete lack of alternatives and the bankruptcy of the political establishment.
By Clara Weiss and Andrea Peters, 10 October 2011
The Kremlin’s recent decision to put forward Vladimir Putin as the leading candidate for the Russian presidency in 2012 is a response to a deepening economic and political crisis.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 October 2011
After weeks in which the ruling Civic Platform (PO) led in opinion polls, the outcome of Poland’s parliamentary election on Sunday now seems uncertain.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 7 October 2011
Nokia, which closed down a plant in Bochum, Germany, in 2008 and switched production to a Romanian location, has just announced it is closing the Romanian factory.
By Anna Rombach, 7 October 2011
Bulgaria has recently witnessed violence against Roma for the first time. There were violent demonstrations against the Roma minority in the capital Sofia and 14 other cities, including Plovdiv, Varna and Pleven.
By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2011
As in the case of Libya, the concern of the US and European powers in Syria is not democratic rights, but the advancement of their interests in the Middle East.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2011
The Czech Civic Democratic Party is trying to suppress opposition to its austerity program by relying on far-right forces.
By Diana Toma and Marc Wells, 16 September 2011
The Roşia Montana gold mining project marks a new stage in the process of privatization of a substantial economic sector, which subordinates workers and the environment to harsher conditions of exploitation.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 September 2011
In recent weeks, the Czech Republic has witnessed violent attacks on the Roma minority, sparked by clashes between Roma and young Czechs.
By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2011
Following the Russian abstention in the UN resolution sanctioning NATO’s invasion of Libya, Moscow’s recent recognition of the Libyan TNC exposes mounting tensions within the Russian ruling elite.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 August 2011
Scrabbling to defend their privileges, Hungary’s trade union leaders warn of a social explosion following legislation to outlaw strikes.