The Czech Republic's first presidential debate
Friday, 30 November 2012 20:23

IT was hardly politics as usual as presidential contenders took part in the Czech Republic's first (but surely not the last) official presidential debate November 28th.

Six leading contenders, who met filing requirements by the November 23rd deadline, took centre stage for a debate hosted by Charles University and the Prague Security Studies...

Ukraine remembers the Holodomor
Friday, 30 November 2012 12:50

AS the electoral turmoil faded into the background, Ukraine marked two important anniversaries last week. The first was eight years since the Orange Revolution of 2004. The second was eight decades since the Holodomor.

Holodomor literally means death by hunger. In 1932 and 1933, a vast famine in Soviet Ukraine killed three to seven million people,...

Old wounds, new grievances
Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:52

WHAT a difference a year makes. After a long period of improvement Serbian-Croatian relations have plummeted to old lows. In 2011 Ivo Josipović, Croatia’s president and Boris Tadić, his Serbian counterpart, were spending so much time together that questions began to be asked about quite why they were seeing one another so much. Now the leaders of C...

Márton's list
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 15:46

LISTS have a terrible resonance for Hungary’s Jews. When the Nazis invaded in March 1944 they used the lists of members of the Jewish community to organise one of the swiftest and most efficient episodes of the Holocaust. With the ready assistance of Hungarian officials and the Gendarmerie 430,000 Jews were deported to Auschwitz in a few weeks, m...

Catalan nationalists 'lead poll'
Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:46
Catalan nationalists 'lead poll'Nationalists complain the central government does not treat them well

Nationalists in the Spanish region of Catalonia are set to win in regional elections, partial results show.

With more than 95% of the votes counted, the ruling CiU had 50 seats, short of an absolute majority. The...

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