Month: February 2016

A spray painted wall in Serbia reads: "I don't want NATO"

On February 19th, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic signed into law a draft agreement regulating Serbia’s relationship with NATO, following its passage in parliament on the 12th of February. The agreement calls for free passage of NATO personnel throughout Serbia as ...
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Each week we summarize the top 10 pieces of news from the Balkans.   10. Albanian children’s park protest turns violent (BIRN) 9. Kosovo and Macedonia sign an EU integration cooperation agreement (European Western Balkans) 8. Bosnia’s FM visits Iran ...
One of Moscow's ubiquitous kiosks.

The last week saw the demolition of shopping centers and kiosks near metro stations all around Moscow. The shopping centers were demolished in the dead of night, many not having been emptied of their contents by their tenants. This demolition ...
Sicherheitskonferenz am 01.02.2014 in München. Foto: Tobias Kleinschmidt

Each week The Vostokian republishes a compilation of the most relevant Eastern European news courtesy of The Elicitor. You can find the original here. “The complicated Russia-EU trade relationship” by Vladimir Chizhov (New Europe, 20 February 2016) “Making good on the ...
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Each week we summarize the top 10 pieces of news from the Balkans.   10. Controversial TV interview with opposition chief in Macedonia (BIRN) 9. Croatian Culture Minister used to write for pro-fascist journal (BIRN) 8. Turkish Kurds’ Party Leader ...
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Each week we summarize the top 10 pieces of news from the Balkans.   10. Austria launches campaign to bring Albania and Kosovo closer to EU (Balkan EU) 9. NATO reaffirms continued commitment to KFOR (European Western Balkans) 8. Kosovo, Bosnia and ...
An Akula class submarine

Each week The Vostokian republishes a compilation of the most relevant Eastern European news courtesy of The Elicitor. You can find the original here. “The Brilliance and Lunacy of Putin’s Chechen Hitman” by Brian Whitmore (The Atlantic, 5 February 2016) “No ...
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Each week we summarize the 10 most important pieces of news from the Balkans. 10. Serbian PM Vucis sacks Defense Minister over racist remarks (BIRN) 9. Hague prosecutors question Mladic expert’s Srebrenica testimony (BIRN) 8. Turkey denies reports of bargaining over refugees (Balkan EU) ...
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The Russian Government has approved a document containing a list of services and activities that Turkish companies or companies headed by Turkish individuals are restricted from carrying out on the territory of the Russian Federation. Published on the Russian Government ...