By Clara Weiss, 23 December 2011
In his annual address before the Federal Assembly on December 22, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced limited concessions to the liberal free-market opposition.
By Vladimir Volkov, 23 December 2011
The Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), created at the beginning of this March, is trying to establish in Russia a culture of pseudo-left opportunism, completely hostile to the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 December 2011
Havel’s anti-communism, his arrogance towards working people and his unconditional support for the wars of NATO and the US made him the darling of international politics and the media.
By Clara Weiss, 17 December 2011
On a nationally televised call-in show Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin responded to dozens of questions from callers by dismissing recent protests against election fraud and appealing to free market liberals.
By Niall Green, 14 December 2011
Russian billionaire oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov announced on December 12 that he would run in next year’s presidential elections against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
By Anna Rombach, 14 December 2011
For the last two weeks, Bulgaria has witnessed widespread protests and an indefinite strike by railway workers.
By Andrea Peters, 12 December 2011
Thousands of people joined protests on Saturday in cities across Russia in the largest antigovernment demonstrations in nearly two decades.
By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2011
German journalists have uncovered the location of one of the notorious “black site” torture prisons run in Europe by the CIA.
By Alex Lantier, 9 December 2011
Amid deep popular disaffection and opposition protests against the regime of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin following Russia’s December 4 parliamentary elections, US officials are mounting a campaign to destabilize Russia.
By Fred Williams, 7 December 2011
United Russia, the ruling party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, suffered major losses in parliamentary elections on December 4.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 December 2011
Thousands marched through the Hungarian capital Budapest on Saturday to protest against the austerity policies of the government led by Victor Orban.
By Clara Weiss, 6 December 2011
Relations between Moscow and Washington have grown increasingly tense, with the latest dispute between the countries centering on Russian opposition to a US missile defense system in Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 December 2011
The downgrading of Hungary’s creditworthiness to junk status by Moody’s rating agency means the debt crisis has now fully hit eastern Europe.
By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2011
On November 8, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched the first line of the new Nord Stream pipeline.
By Anna Rombach, 17 November 2011
Rosen Plevneliev, the candidate of the right-wing GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) party, won the Bulgarian presidency October 30.
By Diana Toma, 15 November 2011
The sacking of 900 miners in Romania is the beginning of a new offensive by the right-wing government led Premier Emil Boc.
By Clara Weiss, 11 November 2011
The recent commemoration of National Unity Day in Russia saw an outpouring of ultra-nationalism in Moscow, far-right sentiments that are a direct product of the promotion of Great Russian chauvinism by the Kremlin.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2011
A social catastrophe is looming in Hungary due to the latest austerity program adopted by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban and dictated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
By Niall Green, 24 October 2011
Russia has struck a free-trade deal with several of its ex-Soviet neighbors. The move is especially significant as it brings Ukraine and Russia closer together at a time when the EU is attempting to strike its own trade deal with Kiev.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 October 2011
Last week Slovakia was the last of the 17 euro-zone countries to vote on the expansion of the European rescue fund (EFSF).
By Diana Toma, 20 October 2011
While the rights of workers are ignored, the contract agreed by Romanian trade unions provides considerable favors for the union bureaucracy.
By Ante Dotto, 17 October 2011
The political deadlock in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) represents the systemic failure of the entire official political framework in the region and a foreign policy disaster for the state's international backers, the US and EU.
By Alex Lantier, 13 October 2011
Putin wrapped up a two-day visit to Beijing Wednesday that focused on signing billions in contracts with Chinese firms.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 October 2011
The ability of the ruling Civic Platform to remain in office—the first Polish government to be re-elected since 1989—has less to do with its own strength, but rather in the complete lack of alternatives and the bankruptcy of the political establishment.
By Clara Weiss and Andrea Peters, 10 October 2011
The Kremlin’s recent decision to put forward Vladimir Putin as the leading candidate for the Russian presidency in 2012 is a response to a deepening economic and political crisis.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 October 2011
After weeks in which the ruling Civic Platform (PO) led in opinion polls, the outcome of Poland’s parliamentary election on Sunday now seems uncertain.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 7 October 2011
Nokia, which closed down a plant in Bochum, Germany, in 2008 and switched production to a Romanian location, has just announced it is closing the Romanian factory.
By Anna Rombach, 7 October 2011
Bulgaria has recently witnessed violence against Roma for the first time. There were violent demonstrations against the Roma minority in the capital Sofia and 14 other cities, including Plovdiv, Varna and Pleven.
By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2011
As in the case of Libya, the concern of the US and European powers in Syria is not democratic rights, but the advancement of their interests in the Middle East.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2011
The Czech Civic Democratic Party is trying to suppress opposition to its austerity program by relying on far-right forces.
By Diana Toma and Marc Wells, 16 September 2011
The Roşia Montana gold mining project marks a new stage in the process of privatization of a substantial economic sector, which subordinates workers and the environment to harsher conditions of exploitation.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 September 2011
In recent weeks, the Czech Republic has witnessed violent attacks on the Roma minority, sparked by clashes between Roma and young Czechs.
By Clara Weiss, 8 September 2011
Following the Russian abstention in the UN resolution sanctioning NATO’s invasion of Libya, Moscow’s recent recognition of the Libyan TNC exposes mounting tensions within the Russian ruling elite.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 August 2011
Scrabbling to defend their privileges, Hungary’s trade union leaders warn of a social explosion following legislation to outlaw strikes.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 August 2011
Hungary’s right-wing government led by Victor Orban has used its 15 months in office to systematically establish an authoritarian regime.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2011
A Budapest district court has acquitted the 97-year-old Nazi war criminal, Sandor Kepiro.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 July 2011
The Hungarian Parliament passed a law on 11 July introducing forced labor for the unemployed.
By Clara Weiss, 1 July 2011
At its June 25 extraordinary party conference, the Russian right-wing liberal party “Right Cause” elected its new leader, the Russian businessman and billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 June 2011
Slovenia’s conservative opposition parties are poised to oust the current government, in order to subject the country to the social devastation demanded by the EU and IMF.
By John Chan, 22 June 2011
Ten years after its formation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is emerging as a potential rival bloc to the US and its European allies.
By Diana Toma, 15 June 2011
Especially hard hit in Romania is the Roma minority, which already faces discriminatory treatment and suffers from extreme poverty.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 May 2011
The Hungarian government, led by the ultra-nationalist Fidesz Party, is now looking to the trade unions to impose far-reaching social attacks.
By Diana Toma, 20 May 2011
A series of scandals in Romania have revealed the union leaders’ immense wealth and their connections to the ruling class.
By Niall Green, 19 May 2011
Amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistan and Russia are developing close security and economic ties.
By Vladimir Volkov and Alex Lantier, 16 May 2011
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s May 6 call for a Russian National Popular Front reflects rising tensions in his relations with President Dmitri Medvedev.
By Anna Rombach, 11 May 2011
The European Union is currently using Bulgaria, which has the lowest wages in all of Europe, to set standards that could become a model for all of Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 May 2011
Weeks of violence by neo-fascist groups against the Roma minority in the northern Hungarian town of Gyöngyöspata is a direct result of the right-wing nationalist policies of the ruling Fidesz party.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 April 2011
Hungary’s right-wing government led by Viktor Orban has used its two-thirds majority to adopt a new constitution that will abandon democratic principles and establish the basis for authoritarian rule.
By John Chan, 18 April 2011
Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.
By Clara Weiss, 13 April 2011
Forces allied to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev are continuing to push for significant changes to the Russian military.
By John Chan, 25 March 2011
Moscow and Beijing are concerned that Washington is once again using its military might to advance its strategic ambitions at their expense.
By Diana Toma, 11 March 2011
During the past 20 years almost all major industries in Romania, including factories, research centers and coalmines, have been closed down.
By Andrea Peters, 2 March 2011
The ongoing wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa has provoked alarm within the Kremlin, which fears the destabilizing impact of these events on Russia’s national interests in the region, the world economy and mass consciousness throughout the former Soviet sphere.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2011
The EU has virtually accepted the abolition of press freedoms in Hungary, passed by the right-wing government of Victor Orban.
By Anna Rombach and Markus Salzmann, 26 February 2011
The planned rail protest is directed against the drastic cuts being imposed by the Bulgarian government under pressure from the World Bank.
By John Chan, 17 February 2011
Talks between the Japanese and Russian foreign ministers broke down last week—another indication of sharp tensions in North East Asia.
By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2011
The Russian government has promised to increase state repression in the aftermath of Monday’s deadly terror attack at Moscow’s international airport.
By Niall Green, 25 January 2011
An apparent suicide bombing in Moscow’s main international airport Monday killed at least 35 people and injured at least another 130.
By Niall Green, 24 January 2011
President Karzai paid his second visit in six months to Moscow, hoping to drum up support for his regime.
By Andrea Peters, 22 January 2011
Rising utility prices across Russia are pushing down real wages.
By Vladimir Volkov, 20 January 2011
Russia’s new year began with a series of disasters pointing to the advanced state of decay of the country’s infrastructure.
By Niall Green, 15 January 2011
The regime of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus has brutally cracked down on opposition political parties and mass protests following the December 19 presidential elections.
By Vladimir Volkov, 11 January 2011
Russia’s new year began with a series of disasters pointing to the advanced state of decay of the country’s infrastructure.
By Diana Toma, 10 January 2011
On December 23, a session of the Romanian parliament was forced to recess when a 40-year-old man tried to commit suicide by jumping from the balcony.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2011
As Hungary assumes the EU presidency, a new media law gives the government in Budapest massive powers to curb the press.
By Anna Rombach, 6 January 2011
The international financial and economic crisis has hit the working population particularly hard in Europe’s “poorhouse”―Bulgaria.
By David Firestone, 3 January 2011
Thousands of passengers were left stranded in the airports, some spending several days waiting for their flights, leading to protests.
By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2010
The politically manipulated proceedings targeted Khodorkovsky, a Russian oil tycoon who has attracted the support of all the major imperialist powers, particularly the United States.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 December 2010
A new media law gives the Hungarian government sweeping powers to regulate the press.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 24 December 2010
Without any significant protest from the European Union or the European press, Hungary’s Fidesz party has won overwhelming parliamentary support to pass a new media law that will effectively deprive the country of freedom of the press.
By Tom Eley, 23 December 2010
The US Senate on Wednesday approved the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, which was heavily backed by the US military and foreign policy establishment.
By Diana Toma, 23 December 2010
The year 2010 was marked by social unrest, protests and demonstrations against the Romanian government of Emil Boc and its “laws of misery”.
By Andrea Peters, 15 December 2010
Tensions remain high in Russia after violent anti-immigrant demonstrations by nationalists in several cities this past weekend.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 14 December 2010
Moldova’s third election in two years failed to deliver any party the number of seats required to elect the president.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 December 2010
More than 150,000 public sector workers took strike action in the Czech Republic on Wednesday to protest against the austerity measures of the government.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2010
US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks have unveiled secret NATO plans for a US-led war against Russia over the Baltic states.
By Andrea Peters, 2 December 2010
President Medvedev used his annual address to a issue sharp warning to the US, while sidestepping any discussion of economic and political problems facing Russia.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 December 2010
Nearly two months after Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, no one in the world of politics or business is prepared to take responsibility for the devastating consequences.
By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2010
The World Bank’s recent report on Russia points to the social crisis affecting the population as the result of the global economic downturn.
By Niall Green, 19 November 2010
The United States has exerted enormous political pressure on Thai authorities to extradite Viktor Bout, a Russian accused of being a major international arms dealer. Both Moscow and Washington greatly value Bout as a man who knows too much to be in the hands of their rivals.
By Andrea Peters, 5 November 2010
Diplomatic tensions have erupted between Russia and Japan, following a high-profile visit by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to the South Kuril Islands.
By Diana Toma and Mark Salzman, 29 October 2010
The Moldovan elections to be held on November 28 are the third elections the country has held in less than two years.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2010
The six-foot-high tidal wave of caustic sludge that buried several Hungarian villages last week and swept away houses, cars and bridges claimed nine lives.
15 October 2010
A spontaneous strike by employees of the finance ministry has turned into a major crisis for the government.
By Markus Salzmann, 11 October 2010
Twenty years after the collapse of the Stalinist regime in Hungary, an extreme right-wing party is taking control of the state.
By Vladimir Volkov and Andrea Peters, 9 October 2010
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev dismissed Moscow’s mayor Yuri Luzhkov September 28. One of the most powerful politicians in the country, Luzhkov had occupied his post for 18 years, virtually the entire post-Soviet period.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2010
The devastation following the release of a tidal wave of toxic sludge in Hungary is part of the high price the population is paying for the implementation of the free market economy.
By John Chan, 6 October 2010
Amid rising tensions between China and the US and its ally Japan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement with Chinese President Hu Jintao for closer relations.
By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 25 September 2010
Over 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Bucharest on Wednesday to protest against the Romanian government’s austerity policies.
By Vladimir Volkov and Andrea Peters, 23 September 2010
At a recent international forum, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev outlined his views on the meaning of democracy.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2010
In its first 100 days in office, the Hungarian government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has introduced a series of laws and initiatives aimed at building up authoritarian structures in political and social life.
By Stefan Steinberg, 3 September 2010
The recent shooting of a Roma family in Slovakia is a product of the racial prejudice sanctioned by the Slovak state.
By Niall Green, 30 August 2010
The Russian government announced last month that it would sell minority stakes in 11 state-owned companies.
By Andrea Peters, 21 August 2010
The wildfire disaster in Russia, which is now abating, has exposed the decay of social infrastructure resulting from the restoration of capitalism and the vast chasm that separates ordinary working people from the ruling elite.
By Diana Toma, 17 August 2010
The latest austerity measures introduced by the Romanian government will invariably intensify the social crisis in a country already ranked as one of the poorest in Europe.
By Andrei Tudora, 11 August 2010
International financial circles are demanding that the Romanian government of Emil Boc prosecute deeper attacks on the working class, in the form of austerity measures.
By Andrea Peters, 10 August 2010
Moscow health department reports a near doubling of the city mortality rate, as heavy smoke caused by burning wildfires continues to blanket the area. The public health crisis is a product of the dismantling of Russia’s public infrastructure and the semi-privatization of the country’s forestlands.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 August 2010
The spread of HIV/Aids is directly related to the destruction of the health system and social infrastructure carried out at the beginning of the 1990s in the name of the free market.
By Andrea Peters, 7 August 2010
The Russian government has banned all grain exports, in response to widespread crop failures caused by a severe drought. The agricultural crisis has sent wheat prices soaring in Russia and internationally.
By David Firestone, 6 August 2010
Forest and peat fires, resulting from sustained record high temperatures and unusually dry weather, have been raging across central Russia for over a week.