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The opposition Liberal Party has organized a demonstration against Russian troops in Moldova, which was crushed by the police. A break-away region ‘invited’ more Russian troops into the small Eastern European country. Familiar story? Moldova (still on the map in the right hand corner) is a former Soviet republic between the European Union and Ukraine.… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

A Fistful of Euros has an excellent round-up to the Second Balkans war. This is the dispute that poisons relationships between Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. David Muir draws an analogy between the case of Macedonia and the Georgian-Russian war. I had made a less weaker link between this events before, and even if the analogy… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

EU will grow own rice

As global food prices are soaring, the Doha trade liberalization talks are dead, more and more countries are going back to self-reliance in food. Western European investors are just discovering Romania’s rice paddies, which were build under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. The dictator himself prided Romania as a self-sustainable country. As the world price… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

It’s been almost a year that I have analyzed the interest of the Internet-users for the Visegrad Countries – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Given Poland’s size still most English-language users are looking for Poland, but the American/NATO missile defense plans in Central Europe has lured more searches for the Czech Republic in the… » read more

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Hundreds of thousands took part in the 442th Csíksomlyó pilgrimage in Transylvania on last weekend. The pentecostal event is the most popular religious festivity of Hungarians. In fact, it is the most popular event in the Hungarian speaking world despite the fact that Hungarians are one of the least religious peoples of the world. Csíksomlyó… » read more

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Ten member states, including most of Central Europe has been in the European Union for four years. Some people start to make assessments. Café Bábel’s Krisztina Fogas claims in Happy fourth birthday to Central and Eastern Europe that “it has been four years since the European Union opened its door wide open and welcomed fifteen… » read more

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Turkmenistan has agreed to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union each year. The pledge cannot be taken seriously until there is a viable transport route to ship this amount to the EU. EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner announced that the Turkmen president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov promised to ‘set aside’… » read more

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It had been a privilege of Russian politicians to destabilize Ukraine and Moldova. Romanian president Traian Basescu seems to be joining the club. Mr Basescu was quoted saying that should Ukraine annex some parts of Moldova, Romania should annex some parts of it, too. The Romanian leader also noted that Romania did not find it… » read more

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Serbia in NATO?

The Transitions Online laments on the Serbia’s possible NATO entry. In Central Europe, where European and Russian interest zones are intercepting, war has been fought a mere 13 years ago, military alliance and stability is as important as economic and political union is. Since all countries but Serbia have a policy to join EU and… » read more

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