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Oct 29

Update

I apologise for the long delay in posting material to this blog. I’ve been busy in my new job as International Editor, as well as working the CEE beat and trying to hurry along my new book about Russian spies. I have also put a lot of work into the new Economist blog, Eastern Approaches. …

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Apr 12

Behind the grieving faces is a thriving nation | Edward Lucas – Times Online

Behind the grieving faces is a thriving nation | Edward Lucas – Times Online Here is my take on the Kaczynski plane crash from this morning’s London Times The Times April 12, 2010Behind the grieving faces is a thriving nationThe spotlight on Poland today will burn increasingly brightly in the coming yearsEdward Lucas Tragedy and …

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Apr 08

cee election roundup

Election season in central Europe Crossed wordsApr 8th 2010 | BUDAPEST AND WARSAW From The Economist print edition This year sees elections in many countries in central Europe. The results may not change all that much IN A scruffy Budapest district, a postgraduate student from Cambridge is getting a bruising reception. Gabor Scheiring knocks on …

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Apr 08

Defining what makes a country

In quite a stateApr 8th 2010 From The Economist print edition How many countries in the world? The answer to that question is surprisingly difficult APPLY online for visa-free entry to the United States and the Department for Homeland Security offers 251 choices for “country where you live”. The wide but rum selection includes Bouvet …

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Apr 08

quick piece on Prague dinner

America and eastern EuropeGuess who’s coming to dinner?Apr 8th 2010From Economist.com Barack Obama tries to fix damaged relations with eastern European allies THE Obama administration’s closest European allies are oddly tricky to please. An invitation to the leaders of the 11 ex-communist members of NATO to dine with the president in Prague on April 8th …

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Apr 08

Katyn and Putin

Europe.view nr 178 We regret the inconvenienceApr 8th 2010 From Economist.com Russia attempts to resolve disputes with its neighbours over Soviet-era crimes AS THIS column noted recently, the era of “therapeutic historiography” is drawing to a close in central and eastern Europe (with the odd exception). The Russian authorities are also trying to clean up, …

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Apr 01

Oliver Bullough book review

The Caucasus Haunting history Mar 31st 2010From The Economist print edition Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus. By Oliver Bullough. Allen Lane; 496 pages; £25. To be published in America by Basic Books in August.Buy from Amazon.co.uk WESTERN colonialists have often behaved abominably but they usually repent of …

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Apr 01

Moldova

Poor Moldova Chisinau’s charm offensive Mar 31st 2010From The Economist print edition Europe’s poorest country looks for friends in the West FEW people have heard of Moldova—and when they have, it is usually for the wrong reasons. A frozen conflict with Russian-backed separatists in Transdniestria has hamstrung the country since 1992. A year ago a …

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Apr 01

Europe View 188

Europe.view You say Lwów, I say Lviv Apr 1st 2010From Economist.com A guide to Eastern Europe’s most tedious arguments LAST week’s column dealt with the arcane name squabble between Macedonia (aka FYROM) and Greece. This piece was soon the most-commented on the Economist’s website. That was no thanks to the brilliance of the prose and …

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Apr 01

Europe view 177

Europe.view You say Lwów, I say Lviv Apr 1st 2010From Economist.com A guide to Eastern Europe’s most tedious arguments LAST week’s column dealt with the arcane name squabble between Macedonia (aka FYROM) and Greece. This piece was soon the most-commented on the Economist’s website. That was no thanks to the brilliance of the prose and …

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