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Balkan Eye: Smooth Operator
With his third ascent to power, an adaptable Boyko Borissov seems to embrace yet another role.By BOYKO VASSILEV18 May 2017

Politics: Changing the Rules of the Game in Moldova
In Moldova, changes to the electoral system are afoot – but the motivations seem far from democratic.By Mihai Popsoi17 May 2017


18 May 2017
Azeri Missile Attack Ups Tensions in Karabakh
Each side says the other caused only minor damage, no casualties in skirmishes this week.

Slovenian City Bans Concert by Notorious Croat Singer
Marko Perkovic Thompson’s highly charged lyrics have been used to justify concert bans in at least five countries.

Uzbekistan Set to Garner Chinese Largesse
Xi, Mirziyoyev also find common ground on the fight against the Three Evil Forces.

17 May 2017
Ukraine Blames Presidential Website Cyberattack on Russia
The move might have come in retaliation for Kyiv’s banning of popular Russian social networks and internet businesses. 

Islamic Games Reveal Azerbaijan’s Jekyll/Hyde Personality
Baku celebrates Islamic unity and tolerance even as its sincerity about religious freedom comes under scrutiny.

Evolution Is a Western Plot: Serbian Intellectuals
Education minister dismisses plea to teach creationism in schools.

16 May 2017
Donald Tusk to Face More Questions Over Smolensk Air Tragedy
Poland’s chief of military counterintelligence says the agency may have had improper ties to Russia’s FSB during Tusk’s premiership.

Russian Volunteers Helping Quell Wildfires
Environmental groups say local authorities need more funding, better training for professional firefighters.


Projecting Soft Power Through Hard Talk
Western envoys have often played the role of gadfly in Bulgarian affairs, to good effect.
10 August 2016

Moldova Moves Closer to Russia-Led Trade Bloc: President
Not so fast, rejoins the prime minister, who recently inked a new agreement with the EU.
19 April 2017

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