Pre-electoral posturing
Friday, 07 December 2012 17:07


FIDDLING with media laws in the run-up to a contentious national election gets governments a bad press.  Victor Ponta (pictured above), Romania’s left-leaning prime minister, ruffled political feathers in Bucharest with changes to media legislation.  The blogosphere is atwitter with condemnation.

The American Chamber of Commerce...

Plus ça change…
Friday, 07 December 2012 16:18

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk (on the right) reacts to the government’s 2013 budget

NEXT year Ukraine will post 3.4% growth and restrict the budget deficit to 3.2 % of GDP. Or at least that’s what the government’s new budget for 2013 would have you believe. Just who they expect to buy that is another matter. On December 5th Moody’s, ...

A rapprochement between two former foes
Thursday, 06 December 2012 14:59


IVICA Dačić (pictured on the left), Serbia’s prime minister was in jocular mood. Abandoning a prepared speech to the Friends of Europe annual Balkan conference in Brussels on December 5th, he spoke on a variety of topics and told an anecdote from his dinner, the night before, with Hashim Thaci (pictured on the right), prime minister of...

An uneven fight
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 19:21

IN Romania's strident political environment, dominated by ex-spooks, dodgy businessmen and their sons and daughters, Iulian Craciun (pictured above) is a refreshing exception. If elected on December 9th, the 34-year old IT expert would be the first disabled person ever to enter the Romanian parliament.

Mr Craciun's first task would be to see that...

Greece 'most corrupt' EU country
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 09:06
Greece 'most corrupt' EU countryEconomic and social turmoil in Greece has contributed to an increased perception of corruption

Greece is perceived to have the most corrupt public sector of all 27 EU countries, a new global survey reveals.

Worldwide, Denmark, Finland and Sweden were seen as the least corrupt nations,...

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