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.
By Niall Green, 30 July 2010
The Kremlin has announced plans to begin shipping arms to support the US occupation of Afghanistan along the Northern Distribution Network that passes through Russia.
By Julie Hyland and Paul Mitchell, 30 July 2010
The United Nations International Court of Justice ruled last week that Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008 was legal.
By Markus Salzmann, 28 July 2010
The International Monetary Fund and the European Union have tightened the screws on Hungary following a government decision to introduce a levy on banks and insurance companies, and delay the introduction of some of its planned austerity measures.
By Andrea Peters, 21 July 2010
In recent weeks the Russian government has announced its intention to slash the country’s federal deficit by half by 2013, a move that will require drastic reductions in government spending.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 July 2010
The European elite and the IMF are demanding that the Bulgarian government implement the brutal type of cuts already introduced in Romania, Hungary, Latvia and other Eastern European states.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 July 2010
The new so-called “Coalition of Budget Responsibility” plans to implement the severest social cuts in the history of the Czech Republic.
By Marius Heuser, 6 July 2010
Bronislaw Komorowski, the candidate of the governing conservative Civic Platform (PO) party was able to win 52.6 percent of the vote in the second round of the Polish presidential election held on Sunday.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 July 2010
The new government of Slovakia has announced a savage austerity program that amounts to a declaration of war on the population.
By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2010
Bloodshed continued in Kyrgyzstan after ethnic pogroms left thousands dead and 8 percent of the country’s population homeless, and amid continuing political conflict after the April ouster of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 June 2010
Only one week after taking office, the new Hungarian government led by Victor Orban has put forward an unprecedented package of austerity measures.
By Diana Toma, 18 June 2010
Cuts prepared by Prime Minister Emil Boc and the IMF will have a disastrous impact on Romania’s already devastated health care system.
By Niall Green, 12 June 2010
The new administration in Kiev seeks to improve ties with Moscow and the EU, while preparing with austerity measures against the working class.
By our correspondents, 9 June 2010
A strike of public sector workers in Romania took place on 31 May to protest the government’s IMF-imposed austerity program.
By Niall Green, 5 June 2010
The Russian-EU summit held last weekend produced no significant agreements as both sides attempted to shore up their relative positions in the face of Europe’s deepening financial crisis.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 June 2010
The conservative Citizens Party (ODS) and the Social Democratic Party (CSSD) have suffered massive losses in recent parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 June 2010
The Hungarian parliament passed a law last month conferring Hungarian citizenship on ethnic Hungarians who live in neighbouring countries.
40,000 rally against government austerity programme
By our correspondent, 1 June 2010
On May 19, some 40,000 workers took to the street in Victory Square, Bucharest, in the largest demonstration in Romania since the downfall of the Stalinist regime in 1989.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 May 2010
The debt crisis in Greece is placing Eastern European states under increasing pressure.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 May 2010
Thousands of Slovenian students took to the streets of Ljubljana Wednesday to protest the introduction of a bill in parliament that both limits their ability to work during their studies and places a maximum wage on their earnings.
By Andrei Tudora, 18 May 2010
The scale of the new IMF dictated attacks to be imposed on Romania is unprecedented even by the country’s past standards.
By Fred Williams, 18 May 2010
In the nine days since two explosions killed scores of miners at the Raspadskaya mine a political crisis has been building in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia.
By Fred Williams, 11 May 2010
As many as 90 miners and rescuers have died in a Siberian mine disaster. As in the recent West Virginia disaster, the causes are bound up with increasing productivity and a lowering of safety standards.
By Diana Toma, 8 May 2010
The austerity program agreed by the Romanian government led by Prime Minister Emil Boc is meeting with increasing resistance on the part of the Romanian people.
Twenty years since declaring independence from the USSR
By Niall Green, 4 May 2010
Twenty years after declaring independence from the USSR, the Latvian government is carrying out savage austerity measures in collusion with international financial elite and their representatives in the IMF, the European Union, and the government in Riga.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 April 2010
The right-wing conservative Fidesz (Federation of Young Democrats), led by Victor Orban, won a more than two-thirds majority in the second round of the Hungarian parliamentary election.
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 April 2010
There is an element of the grotesque in both the domestic and international efforts to sanctify the figure of deceased Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 April 2010
The right-wing Federation of Young Democrats (Fidesz) won an absolute majority, while the neo-fascist Party for a Better Hungary took third place in parliamentary elections held in Hungary on Sunday.