The Sejdic-Finci question
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:11

“STABLE but stagnant”, is how a diplomatic source sums up political life in Bosnia. This may be about to change.  A press conference has been called for midday on October 10th in Brussels. It will reveal whether Bosnia’s leaders have finally, after almost four years of deadlock, made a crucial breakthrough that will enable their country to...

Viktor goes to London
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:36

THE Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, will arrive in London tomorrow. In the morning he will give a speech at Chatham House, a foreign-policy think-tank, on “The Role of Traditional Values in Europe’s Future”, and in the afternoon he will meet David Cameron, the British prime minister. The Economist has obtained a confidential briefing note...

Small Border Traffic
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:14

WHEN Poland and Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004, many were concerned that the Russia exclave of 950,000 inhabitants would be cut off, once surrounded by EU members. (Just under half live in the city of Kaliningrad—east Prussia's Königsberg until Stalin annexed it 60 years ago.) This changed with Poland's law on “small-border-traffic”, s...

A festering sore
Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:53


IT IS 25 years since conflict broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority region inside Azerbaijan, and 19 years since a shaky ceasefire came into effect. To much of the outside world, it is a “frozen” conflict that merits little attention. Yet as the International Crisis Group (ICG) shows in a recent...

Kercher judge orders new DNA test
Monday, 30 September 2013 21:07
Meredith Kercher (file photo)Meredith Kercher was found dead in November 2007

The Italian judge hearing the retrial of Amanda Knox and and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher has ordered a new DNA test on a knife allegedly used in the killing.

The two suspects spent four years in jail for...

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