As parliament meets, Europe fears Ukraine’s far-right
Analysis

As parliament meets, Europe fears Ukraine’s far-right

The European Union has grown increasingly concerned about the influence of nationalist groups in Ukraine. Josh Black argues that this makes a parliamentary settlement even more urgent. This morning marks a critical stage in the development of Ukraine’s protest movement. Last week’s pitched battles in the streets of Kyiv have fortunately given way, only for … Continue reading

Rada Contemptuous
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Rada Contemptuous

A striking feature of Ukraine’s parliament is the regularity with which deputies prevent it from working. Josh Black looks at the reasons behind this phenomenon. For the second time this year, opposition deputies have brought the proceedings of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada to a halt.  In an East European version of the filibuster tactic recently deployed … 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