New articles on the TOL website

Around the Bloc: Uzbekistan Offers to Host Afghan Peace Talks
Both Kabul and the Taliban appreciate Tashkent’s quiet diplomacy, but peace talks still seem a distant prospect.
8 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Polish Teachers Launch Nationwide Strike
Unions demand big pay rises as the government splashes out on costly new benefit programs.
8 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Belarus Demolishes Crosses at Site of Stalinist Massacres
Activists have long demanded a more dignified memorial for victims of mass terror campaign waged by Soviet secret police.
5 April 2019

Around the Bloc: West Balkans to End Roaming Fees
In southeastern Europe, the days of shockingly high roaming charges are numbered.
5 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Ukrainian Presidential Hopefuls to Meet in Stadium Debate
The incumbent Poroshenko accepts Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s challenge to a drug- and alcohol-free contest.
5 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Architects Slam Zagreb Redevelopment Scheme
UAE’s Eagle Hills is a possible partner on the huge revitalization project.
4 April 2019

Conflict & Diplomacy: Lithuania Jails Accused Russian Spy
The verdict comes days after the latest sentence in a major Russian case linked to 2016 hack of U.S. Democratic Party.
4 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Greek Premier Makes Historic Visit to Skopje
Nationalists continue to grumble as leaders move to end almost 30 years of bad blood.
3 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Romania Tightens Net Around Embattled Kovesi
Former chief prosecutor slapped with a new indictment even as EU mulls picking her for a top anti-fraud post.
3 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Moscow Uncompromising About Crimea in the Wake of Ukrainian Elections
Russian authorities rounded up dozens of Crimean Tatar activists in a show of strength ahead of the Ukrainian vote.
2 April 2019

Around the Bloc: Azeri, Armenian Leaders Hold First Formal Talks
Aliev and Pashinyan agree on need for concrete steps toward Karabakh peace while offering no specifics.
2 April 2019

Arts & Culture: Nut Jobs
He spent half a year in an Israeli prison, and he’s sometimes mistaken for a terrorist on the metro. This Minsk native is the world’s only sculptor creating figures out of hex nuts.
2 April 2019


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