Eastern Europe

Amid threat of US-Russia clash in Syria

NATO warplane buzzes jet carrying Russian defense minister over Baltic Sea

By Barry Grey, 22 June 2017

Any one of the virtually daily NATO-Russian encounters in the air could result in a fire-fight or collision, whether by intention or accident, which could quickly ignite a full-scale war between nuclear powers.

Over 8,000 VW autoworkers launch unlimited strike in Slovakia

By Dietmar Henning, 22 June 2017

The autoworkers are engaged in the first strike since VW began operations in the Eastern European country in 1991.

Trump’s visit to Poland: A return to the pre-war Intermarium strategy

By Clara Weiss, 17 June 2017

Trump’s visit is a clear signal that the US is increasingly relying on an alliance with Eastern European countries in face of mounting tensions with Germany and France.

Bulgaria: New government to include fascist parties

By Markus Salzmann, 20 April 2017

The right-wing conservative GERB party has agreed to form a coalition with an alliance of fascist parties known as United Patriots (UP).

Russian truckers’ strike enters third week amid police crackdown

By Clara Weiss, 10 April 2017

Finding support among broad layers of Russia’s impoverished population, the strike reflects the social tensions building up under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis.

European powers extend offensive against Russia into Balkans

By Paul Mitchell, 14 March 2017

The contemporary conflicts and tensions in the Balkans increasingly echo the period before the First World War over a century ago.

Germany deploys troops to Lithuania in NATO build-up against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2017

The German-led battle group is the first German battalion in Eastern Europe since the Wehrmacht’s war of annihilation against the Soviet Union during the Second World War.

Amid anti-Russia media campaign

First permanent deployment of US troops on Russian border since Cold War

By Andre Damon, 16 January 2017

Some 4,000 US troops, together with tanks, artillery and armored vehicles, arrived in Poland over the weekend, further escalating tensions with Russia ahead of the inauguration of Trump.

New report documents extreme poverty in Poland

By Clara Weiss, 11 January 2017

The report reveals the miserable living conditions facing broad sections of the working class and the peasant population who lack access to basic elements of civilization.

Devastating HIV epidemic hits Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 January 2017

A quarter century after the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991, an HIV epidemic, closely bound up with massive heroin consumption, is raging in Russia.

In wake of Trump election, Baltic states push for military build-up against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 25 November 2016

The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are demanding EU members drastically increase their military spending.

Polish bourgeoisie divided over US election

By Dorota Niemitz and Clara Weiss, 15 November 2016

Sharp divisions in the reaction to Donald Trump’s election victory exposed differences over foreign policy among Poland’s ruling elites.

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 15 November 2016

The recent period has seen a spike in hostilities in the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

NATO announces largest troop deployments against Russia since Cold War

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2016

On the eve of the US election, NATO officials announced plans to place hundreds of thousands of troops on alert for military action against Russia.

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2016

The Times piece amounts to war propaganda, echoing the hysterical claims of the Baltic states that a Russian invasion is imminent and glorifying the legacy of Nazism.

Hungary: Right-wing commemoration of 60th anniversary of workers’ uprising

By Markus Salzmann, 28 October 2016

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian uprising with a nationalist tirade against immigrants.

Poland: Tens of thousands protest proposed anti-abortion bill

By Clara Weiss, 5 October 2016

If passed, the bill would implement a ban on abortions, including for minors and victims of rape.

Hungary’s anti-refugee referendum fails after low turnout

By Markus Salzmann, 3 October 2016

The refugee referendum marked the high point of a vicious anti-refugee campaign waged by the Hungarian government and the entire European Union.

Pentagon chief outlines preparations for nuclear war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered a chilling speech in favor of nuclear escalation to US Air Force personnel in charge of launching strategic bomber and missile attacks.

Polish Parliament approves ban on abortion

By Clara Weiss, 28 September 2016

The latest ban on abortions is deeply reactionary and represents an attack on the democratic and social rights of the working class.

Polish and British governments exploit attacks on Polish immigrants

By Clara Weiss, 15 September 2016

Attacks on Polish immigrants in the UK are being exploited by the Polish and British ruling class to strengthen their alliance, amid deepening divisions within the EU.

German Luftwaffe begin NATO patrols over the Baltic

By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2016

NATO’s growing operations in Eastern Europe heighten the danger of direct conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia.

Biden’s blank check to the Baltic states: US will wage war on Russia in your defense

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2016

Vice President Biden said Washington’s commitment to militarily defend the tiny states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was a matter of America’s “sacred honor.”

German media steps up anti-Russian agitation

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 August 2016

Over the past week, virtually every leading newspaper in Germany has published articles denouncing Russia for its intervention in Syria, Ukraine, or both.

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

In April of last year, the Ukrainian violinist and composer Mark Chaet, accompanied by a small film crew, travelled from Berlin to his home in Eastern Ukraine.

Trudeau bolsters Canadian support for Ukraine’s far-right regime

By Roger Jordan, 15 July 2016

During a two-day visit, Trudeau signed a free trade agreement with the Poroshenko government and signaled support for it “reclaiming territory” through war.

NATO summit plans escalation against Russia in Eastern Europe, Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2016

NATO is planning a major military escalation, based on plans for a perpetual state of war in the Middle East and preparations for all-out war with Russia in Europe.

Death toll in Istanbul airport attack rises to 41

By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2016

The massacre is the tragic yet predictable outcome of the NATO powers' backing of Al Qaeda-linked forces in their war for regime-change in Syria.

US Navy to continue Black Sea incursions, brushing aside Russian demands

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2016

Rather than countering “Russian aggression,” the breakneck militarization of the Black Sea is rooted in the drive by the US and European powers to control the Eurasian landmass.

NATO orders four additional battalions to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 14 June 2016

The deployments are among the most provocative actions taken by the NATO high command in the course of its anti-Russian buildup, now well into its second year.

Massive NATO war game risks conflict with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 9 June 2016

NATO’s largest exercise since the end of the Cold War began Tuesday with 2,000 British, Polish and American troops parachuting from planes near the northern Polish town of Torun.

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 4

NATO’s preparations for war with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 3 June 2016

This is the final part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, which was developed as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

Ninety Years Since the Coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 3

The Intermarium and Poland’s integration into the US war alliance against Russia

By Clara Weiss, 2 June 2016

This is the third part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, which was developed as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 2

The Intermarium from 1921 to 1989

By Clara Weiss, 1 June 2016

This is the second part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, the main basis of which emerged in the period leading up to World War I, as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

Ninety years since the coup of Piłsudski

The Strategy of the Intermarium—Part 1

The Intermarium and the Russian Revolution

By Clara Weiss, 31 May 2016

This is the first part of a series reviewing the history of the Intermarium, the main basis of which emerged in the period leading up to World War I, as a bourgeois nationalist antipode to the United Socialist States of Europe as proposed by Leon Trotsky.

NATO rearmament in Eastern Europe increases danger of world war

By Johannes Stern, 19 May 2016

In the run-up to its July summit in Warsaw, NATO is building up its capabilities in Eastern Europe, heightening the danger of a nuclear conflict with Russia.

Poland’s Patriot Act: PiS government proposes new anti-terrorism law

By Dorota Niemitz, 27 April 2016

Cynically utilising the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Polish government is hastily introducing its own version of the USA Patriot Act.

US-Russia tensions flare in Baltic Sea

By Jordan Shilton, 18 April 2016

Washington’s aggressive military build-up throughout Eastern Europe, in close collaboration with its NATO allies, has brought the entire region to the brink of war between nuclear powers.

Azerbaijan-Armenia fighting erupts over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

By Kumaran Ira, 4 April 2016

The conflict threatens to escalate into a broader war between Russia, Armenia’s main backer, and Azerbaijan’s ally, Turkey, and behind Turkey, the entire NATO alliance.

US deploying additional armored brigades to Russian border

By Thomas Gaist, 1 April 2016

The US military is preparing to deploy some military equipment and thousands of troops directly on the Russian border as part of a “permanent footprint.”

Constitutional crisis in Poland continues

By Clara Weiss, 17 March 2016

The move to the right by the Polish government has exacerbated the crisis in the EU and led to growing tensions with Germany.

UN Security Council imposes harsh US-sponsored sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2016

The punitive new measures will intensify North Korea’s economic and social crisis and greatly heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.

Support for Poroshenko regime collapses in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 8 February 2016

The decline in popularity for Poroshenko explodes the myth that the right-wing Maidan “revolution” was a democratic transformation.

Pentagon budget directed toward war with Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2016

The thrust of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s speech before the Economic Club on Tuesday was that US imperialism is preparing for a new world war.

US Congress quietly enables funding for Ukrainian neo-Nazi-led Azov Regiment

By David Levine, 1 February 2016

A proposed ban on US funding of Ukrainian neo-Nazis that had attracted substantial media attention last June when it was introduced never actually became law.

German politicians and media agitate against Poland

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2016

Representatives of German imperialism and its servants in the media have absolutely no right to lecture any country about “democracy” and “tolerance.”

Right-wing Polish government takes control of public media

By Dorota Niemitz and Clara Weiss, 4 January 2016

In another step towards establishing authoritarian rule, the Law and Justice government has adopted a bill to subordinate public broadcast services to its right-wing agenda.

Polish government signals interest in hosting US nuclear weapons

By Thomas Gaist, 7 December 2015

Poland would become the sixth country in Europe to host US nuclear forces as part of the NATO “nuclear sharing” program.

Pentagon push for build-up in Europe against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2015

The Obama administration is expected to approve a plan to rotate more troops into Europe, effectively increasing by 50 percent the forces available for a NATO confrontation with Russia.

Germany to deport refugees in military cargo planes

By Martin Kreickenbaum and Andre Damon, 23 October 2015

Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation.

Political crisis in Moldova

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 24 September 2015

The governing coalition in Moldova is coming under increasing pressure to fully implement a pro-EU agenda.

Thousands of refugees held at Budapest train station

By Markus Salzmann, 3 September 2015

Record numbers of refugees are fleeing Syria and other countries devastated by the intervention of the Western powers.

German Army and NATO begin major military exercises against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015

One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.

Danger mounts of US/NATO war with Russia

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015

An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

European energy firms agree to expand Nord Stream pipeline with Gazprom

By Clara Weiss, 30 June 2015

Differences within the European Union, as well as between the EU and the US, are emerging over energy policy and relations with Russia.

Protests continue in Armenia

By Andrea Peters, 30 June 2015

Demonstrators demanding a permanent reversal of electricity rate hikes remain on the streets in the capital of Armenia, a key ally of Russia in the Caucasus.

US, NATO powers intensify preparations for nuclear war

By Thomas Gaist, 26 June 2015

NATO officials revealed plans for a more aggressive nuclear strategy to counter “Russian aggression,” just days after US war planners called for a new generation of nuclear weapons.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

NATO rapid reaction force exercises in Poland target Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2015

Germany has taken the lead in the latest in a series of military training exercises in Eastern Europe aimed at escalating the war threat against Moscow.

Polish government plagued by spying scandal

By Markus Salzmann, 20 June 2015

Only a few months before parliamentary elections this autumn, new revelations about a spying scandal have plunged the conservative Civic Platform into crisis.

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2015

Kiev is slashing subsidies to basic goods in order to funnel money to the regime’s Wall Street creditors and increase military spending on the war in east Ukraine.

Governing parties suffer defeat in Finnish elections

By Roger Jordan, 29 April 2015

The aggressive US-led drive to encircle Russia in eastern Europe and the Baltic will be one of the main issues confronting the incoming administration.

German, Romanian officials plan further escalation against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 5 March 2015

In a visit to Berlin, the Romanian president demanded a stronger NATO presence in Romania and the entire Black Sea region in response to the Ukraine crisis.

Poland increases military spending

By Sonja Bach, 25 February 2015

Poland will spend the equivalent of two percent of its GDP on its defence budget by 2016, fulfilling NATO’s minimum requirements for military spending.

US-backed Kiev regime faces military debacle in east Ukraine war

By Alex Lantier, 20 February 2015

After its defeat at Debaltseve, the Kiev regime has provocatively called for military intervention by European Union peacekeepers along the border with Russia.

US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve

By Niles Williamson, 19 February 2015

US and EU officials continued to threaten further economic sanctions and military escalation as pro-Russian separatists solidified control over a key transit hub in eastern Ukraine.

German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2015

Despite differences over whether to arm Ukraine, not a single major media outlet in Germany rejects the strategy of pursuing an aggressive confrontation with Russia.

Syriza leader issues nationalist appeal in speech to Greek parliament

By Nick Beams, 9 February 2015

British Chancellor George Osborne has indicated the UK government has made preparations for the Greek exit from the euro zone.

Tsipras rushes to reassure EU, banks on Greek debt

By Robert Stevens, 2 February 2015

If Greece fails to reach an agreement with its creditors on €3.5 billion due in February and March, funding could be withdrawn from its banks.

Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2015

The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington.

After the Charlie Hebdo attack

Governments in Eastern Europe intensify attacks on democratic rights and immigrants

By Markus Salzmann, 28 January 2015

The attacks on immigrants, which go hand in hand with restrictions on democratic rights and the adoption of police state measures, are directed against the entire population.

Netherlands covers up secret pact controlling investigation of MH17 crash

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2014

The imperialist powers have exploited the tragedy as a propaganda exercise for the purpose of threatening Russia.

Right-wing protests against the Czech president

By Markus Salzmann, 22 November 2014

At celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution supporters of the Ukraine regime denounced President Zeman.

Right-wing minority government formed in Bulgaria

By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 15 November 2014

The formation of a far-right minority government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his party will intensify the crisis in the European Union’s poorest member state.

Drone flying “Greater Albania” flag provokes soccer riot in Serbia

By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2014

The violence at the UEFA qualifying match happened on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade to mark the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II.

Dutch investigation into MH17 shoot-down fails to substantiate accusations against Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 14 October 2014

Sections of the American media have sought to spin the DSB report as implying that Russian responsibility for the attack had been established.

Germany to deploy combat troops in Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 7 October 2014

The German government is planning to send troops into Ukraine for the first time since the Second World War.

Elections in Bulgaria take place amidst political and economic crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 4 October 2014

It is already clear that the second general election in 18 months will not bring stability to Bulgaria.

Dutch report into Ukraine jetliner disaster continues cover-up

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2014

The Dutch Safety Board’s preliminary report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is being portrayed by imperialist governments as confirmation that anti-Kiev rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down the plane.

US, EU intensify military threats against Russia

By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2014

The US and the EU are escalating military threats against Russia, while preparing a raft of new economic sanctions targeting key sections of the Russian economy.

War and social attacks spread throughout Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 22 August 2014

The Ukrainian army has expanded its offensive against the rebel-controlled cities of Luhansk and Donetsk, fighting house-to-house battles with rebel groups.

Greek power workers threatened with state strikebreaking

By John Vassilopoulos, 5 July 2014

Workers at the Public Power Corporation in Greece began a 48-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday.

Bulgaria suspends construction of South Stream pipeline

By our correspondents, 19 June 2014

The EU and US have forced Bulgaria to halt construction of a pipeline that would allow Russian gas supplies to Europe to bypass Ukraine.

G7 unity shows cracks on Russia sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2014

While the G7 powers issued a joint statement backing the right-wing regime in Kiev and denouncing Russia, they failed to agree on a new sanctions regime pushed by Washington.

Political repression mounts in run-up to Ukrainian presidential vote

By Alex Lantier, 20 May 2014

As the unelected Western-backed regime in Kiev prepares to hold presidential elections on May 25, right-wing forces are attacking and murdering members of opposition parties.

Russia seeks fresh accommodation with US over Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014

The Western powers consider elections in Ukraine politically imperative to reinforce the claim that the government of oligarchs and fascists imposed by the February putsch has a democratic mandate to rule.

German Greens incite conflict with Russia

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2014

Ralf Fücks, a leading member of the Green Party, has accused the German government of weakness in the Ukraine crisis.

Washington responsible for fascist massacre in Odessa

By Mike Head, 3 May 2014

The killings expose the brutal character of the right-wing government installed in Kiev.

Does Washington want war with Russia?

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2014

The evident desire of Washington to provoke a military conflict with Russia has brought the world to the brink of a catastrophic confrontation.

Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.

Ukrainian troops reject orders from US puppet regime in Kiev

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

Ukrainian troops sent to the eastern part of the country have refused orders to suppress opposition to the right-wing imperialist-backed government in Kiev.

US-backed regime drops deadline against east Ukraine protesters, but threat of war remains

By Mike Head, 12 April 2014

The dangers of a civil war and a US-provoked war with Russia still hang over the people of Ukraine, despite the Western-backed regime in Kiev backing away from a 48-hour deadline for a violent crackdown on protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Civil war looms as pro-US regime threatens massacre of east Ukraine protesters

By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2014

Plans for a bloody crackdown by the US-backed regime in Kiev threaten to plunge Ukraine into a civil war that could draw in Russia and the NATO powers.

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukrainian regime announces utility price hikes

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2014

Over the course of four years, Ukraine’s Western-backed, ultra-right government plans to implement a 120 percent increase in the cost of natural gas for households.

EU and Ukrainian regime seek to discipline fascist Right Sector

By Stefan Steinberg and Chris Marsden, 5 April 2014

Since the February putsch in Kiev, ties between the supposedly “democratic” regime installed by Washington and its fascist allies have become increasingly tense.

Eastern European states demand stronger action against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 2 April 2014

Eastern European governments have fully supported the right-wing US and EU-led coup in Ukraine and are now demanding intensified military action against Russia.

Polls predict victory for right-wing Fidesz in Hungarian elections

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2014

Despite catastrophic social conditions, polls anticipate that right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban will emerge victorious in parliamentary elections on April 6.

US, EU threaten retaliation as Crimea votes to join Russia

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014

US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.