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In Moldova, an election that solves nothing

The results of a general election on 30 November show Moldovans are split on whether to pursue closer ties with the European Union or maintain existing relations with the Russian Federation, complicating the crafting of a sustainable national identity across ideological lines. Amelie Meyer-Robinson assesses what the upcoming coalition negotiations hold in store for Moldova. … Continue reading

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has a new leader, but will it see a new beginning?
Analysis

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has a new leader, but will it see a new beginning?

Mihail Mikov was elected Leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party on 27 June 2014, following the resignation of Sergey Stanishev who had just become a Member of the European Parliament. Mikov won the position after two attempts, beating the former Minister of Economy and Energy Mr Dragomir Stoynev by just 44 votes. Here, Nikolay Manov … Continue reading

A View from the Urals: Nizhny Tagil and the anti-Putin protests
Analysis / Travel

A View from the Urals: Nizhny Tagil and the anti-Putin protests

During a visit to the Urals, Paul Hansbury sought locals’ opinions about the recent anti-government protests in Moscow and other parts of Russia. Igor Kholmanskikh’s fifteen minutes of fame came in December 2011. Kholmanskikh was Deputy Director of the assembly line at Uralvagonzavod, Russia’s largest battle tank manufacturer, situated in the city of Nizhny Tagil. … Continue reading

Hungary’s ethnic politics
Analysis

Hungary’s ethnic politics

Lili Bayer explains how a new voting law discriminates against Hungary’s ethnic minorities. Since coming to office in 2010, Hungary’s right-wing Fidesz party has transformed the country’s political system. A new Constitution, as well as a plethora of amendments and new laws changed the way Hungary is governed. Hungary’s new electoral system, however, has not … Continue reading