Category: Central/Eastern Europe

‘Fascistic’? Russia’s foreign policy in the Putin era

     

The worldview of Russia’s ruling elite can be understood within a “fascist framework” for geopolitics, argues Yale University historian Timothy Snyder, who asserts that fascism is a framework which is… Read more »

Nobel Laureate depicts ‘history of the Russian-Soviet soul’

     

A citizen of Belarus who was born in Ukraine and writes in Russian, Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich takes as her subject the “history of the Russian-Soviet soul”, The Times Literary… Read more »

As anti-corruption summit meets, Ukraine moves to keep kleptocracy intact

     

  Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday appointed a close ally of President Petro Poroshenko with no legal background as general prosecutor, a position seen by the West as crucial for Kiev’s… Read more »

Engage civil society to combat Ukraine’s corruption, says IMF

     

Ukraine’s resistance to allow civil society experts to play a role in establishing the anti-corruption bureau remains “a major source of contention,” the International Monetary Fund said in a staff… Read more »

Time to counter foreign disinformation

     

Fifteen years ago, the idea that foreign disinformation might be a problem for European countries seemed ludicrous, note columnist Anne Applebaum and Edward Lucas, a senior editor at the Economist…. Read more »

Democracy Promotion: A Distinctive European Approach?

     

The fact of different European states’ priorities on democracy and human rights reflecting different historical experiences may be illustrated by the initiative taken by Poland during its presidency for a… Read more »

Indispensable reforms for Ukraine’s ‘revolution without change’

     

Achieving progress on reforming Ukraine’s economy would send the strongest possible message to critics who doubt the country’s ability to operate as a modern state, argues Carnegie analyst Pierre Vimont:… Read more »

Mapping the New Battlespace of Information

     

In the digital age, social media can become a weapon of disinformation and sophisticated propaganda can shape important policy debates. Russia has been an early adopter of these techniques and… Read more »

Serbia’s elections: what about democratic values?

     

The victory of Prime Minster Aleksandar Vucic’s Progressive Party in Serbia’s election enables the government to continue with its proposed reform and fiscal consolidation agenda, Fitch Ratings says. But the… Read more »