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Putin and the West: What Next?
Just when relations between Russia and the West seemed to have reached an all-time low, things have taken a turn for the worse this fall.
By Peter Rutland

The Region That Did Not Win
How Bulgaria’s UN campaign sheds some light on Eastern Europe’s problems
By Boyko Vassilev

It’s the Economy, Stupid!
Poland and Hungary’s cultural counter-revolution follows naturally from the region’s economic and political developments.
By Martin Ehl


October 21

Kazakhstan School Hijab Ban Upheld
Adopted in January, the ban, which prohibits any kind of religiously affiliated clothing, has not deterred students from wearing hijabs until now.

Azerbaijan Govt. Accused of Unrelenting Crackdown on Critics
A report released by Human Rights Watch describes the extent of continuing human rights infringements.

Albania’s Two-Headed Refugee Crisis
While the number of Albanians seeking asylum in Germany spikes again, the country is also facing a domestic refugee problem.

Romania the Leanest, Central Europe and Baltics Among Heaviest In the EU
Eurostat survey shows positive correlation between age and obesity, and a drop in obesity as education levels increase.

October 20

Estonia to Engage More Women in Military
As the Baltic states build military capacity, Estonia hopes to recruit women for its defense forces.

China Flexes Its Muscles in Central Europe
China threatens to take action against Slovakia after President Andrej Kiska meets with the Dalai Lama, while Czechs send mixed signals.

Fate of Kazakh Land Reform Protesters Likely ‘Sealed’
Observers feel a guilty verdict is inevitable, as critics accuse government of launching a smear campaign against activists through friendly media.

October 19

Montenegro Opposition Disputes Election Results
Opposition parties are trying to form a coalition to send long-serving PM Djukanovic into political retirement.


UN Expert: Azerbaijan’s Civil Society ‘Paralyzed’
Report by UN special rapporteur comes ahead of 26 September referendum on enhancing President Aliyev’s powers.

Nordic Nations: EU Must Punish Hungary Over Stance on Refugees
Hungarians are expected to reject a EU plan for quotas in an upcoming referendum.

Poland and Baltic States Seek Missile Shield to Deter Russia
Divisions within NATO could stymie demands from Russian neighbors for bigger, better weaponry.

NATO Leaders Agree to Boost Presence in Poland, Baltics
Thousands of troops to be deployed in Eastern Europe, in a decisive move to counter Russia.