Analysis

Ukraine’s Government – An Uneasy Alliance?

Despite the appearance of success in 2012’s parliamentary elections, Ukraine’s government suffers from internal divisions, an unfavourable international climate and a rejuvenated opposition, writes Josh Black. The morning of 29 October 2012 should have been a happy one for Ukraine’s President, Viktor Yanukovych. Parliamentary elections the day before had gone well – in due course … Continue reading

Reviews

Aiding Ukraine

The Chair of the British-Ukrainian Society, Lord Risby, addresses the Oxford University Ukrainian Society on the challenges of assisting in Ukraine’s development. This week is a fateful one for Ukraine’s relations with the West, with President Viktor Yanukovych visiting Brussels to attempt to restore momentum to the stalled process of completing a Deep and Comprehensive … Continue reading

Analysis

U-Turn if you want to

Ivalyo Iaydijev describes how careless leadership and inequality in Bulgaria has shaken up the political system. Like Al Jazeera in the clip above, world news agencies have described Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who resigned last Wednesday, as the latest victim of popular angst at austerity policies in Europe. On the contrary, disillusionment with politics … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

A weekly summary to 22 February 2013 16 February: Russian president Vladimir Putin has opened the most recent meeting of the G20 in Moscow. He used the occasion to underscore Russia’s ‘exemplary’ financial and fiscal policy. Source: Tagesschau.de 18 February: The notorious Magnitsky affair which has led to considerable diplomatic tensions between Russia and the … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news for the week ending 15 February 2013 A meteorite has caused extensive damage and injured over 900 people in Chelyabinsk region, in the Russian Urals. The nationalist leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, called the meteorite an American weapons test, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for Russia and America to … Continue reading