Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Belarus: The Cloudy Crystal Ball

By Ky Krauthamer + June 29th, 2012

“Belarusian public opinion is actually a pretty good judge of what is going on. Lukashenka’s poll ratings collapsed along with the economy in 2011 to the 20s. They have now recovered, but not to massively high levels.”

EUruption II: Flood Warning

By Ky Krauthamer + June 15th, 2012

“Three out of five managers of Czech SMEs believe it is impossible to win a public contract without resorting to bribery, a kickback or some other ‘incentive.’ “

For Macedonian Media, A Pyrrhic Victory

By S. Adam Cardais + June 14th, 2012

A deal to decriminalize libel in Macedonia comes at quite a cost

It wouldn’t be great for the country’s democracy, and it could yield some unexpected election results.

Russian Team Uncovers Stuxnet on Steroids

By S. Adam Cardais + June 1st, 2012

A Moscow-based computer security firm says Flame, a new super-cyberweapon found on Iranian computers, dwarfs the infamous Stuxnet worm

EUruption, or, a Conspiracy of Dunces

By Ky Krauthamer + May 18th, 2012

“The EU hovers between politics and diplomacy, between states and markets, and between government and governance”

Serbia: The Calm Before the Storm?

By S. Adam Cardais + May 17th, 2012

The 6 May elections created a false sense of tranquility in Serbia

Grateful to Meciar?

By Jeremy Druker + May 16th, 2012

It’s hard to argue with a recent IHT article that concluded that the Velvet Divorce “proved a boon to both countries that emerged from it.”

Yellow-Bellied European Pols Deserve Yellow Cards

By Ky Krauthamer + May 11th, 2012

“I can understand the politicians who sympathize with Yulia Tymoshenko, but nothing stands in their way to express this sympathy in a clear way during the championships.”

Putin’s Strange New Base

By S. Adam Cardais + May 10th, 2012

Vladimir Putin won a third presidential term by appealing to the working class, the people who’ve benefited least from his rule. Can he hold their support?

Failed Attack

By Jeremy Druker + May 9th, 2012

Only a few years ago, the Bulgarian anti-Roma, anti-Turk Ataka party seemed to portend much worse to come. Today the party is basically a joke.

Europocalypse Now

By S. Adam Cardais + April 16th, 2012

The euro zone crisis has entered a dangerous new phase, some say

Bosnia 2025

By S. Adam Cardais + April 5th, 2012

A polymathic group offers five scenarios for the future of Bosnia

Plato Had It Right

By Jeremy Druker + April 4th, 2012

The Czech Republic demonstrates that Plato was on to something: “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”.

Russian Democracy? Define Your Terms

By Barbara Frye + April 3rd, 2012

A recent television discussion reveals the country’s highly theoretical relationship to truly representative government.

Fico May Be No Orban But …

By Jeremy Druker + April 2nd, 2012

As the Slovak prime minister plays nice on the international level, one has to wonder whether there are enough safeguards in place at home to prevent party cronies from capturing the state.

A Balkan Youthquake?

By S. Adam Cardais + March 28th, 2012

From Skopje to Sarajevo, young people are alienated and increasingly frustrated

(Mis)Education in Bosnia

By S. Adam Cardais + March 22nd, 2012

An acclaimed Bosnian writer details the alarming state of post-war education in his homeland

Who is Vladimir Putin?

By S. Adam Cardais + March 8th, 2012

A Russian journalist offers a chilling portrait of the KGB officer turned pol


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