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The election for the parliament in Bremen held on 22 May was won by the SPD which has been in power in this state for 65 years. The election revealed the clear left-wing sympathies of the voters – left-wing parties extended the ranks…
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On 24 May Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that Hungary reached agreement with the Russian oil company Surgutneftegas over buying 21.2% of shares in MOL. This is the culmination of the centre-right Fidesz government's efforts…
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On 19 May in front the main mosque in Sofia a few dozen members of the ultra-nationalist party Ataka clashed with praying Muslims. This incident is being used by opposition parties in vehement criticisms of the minority government…
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On 23 May the Central Election Commission of Albania (CEC) announced that after a recount of votes in the election for the mayor of Tirana, the winner was the candidate of the ruling Democratic Party of Albania (PD), Lulzim Basha. He…
Analyses | | Marek Matusiak
The scale of the protests in Tbilisi is limited and their impetus is failing, which shows that they will probably come to an end soon. However, structural, social and political problems which could drive protests in the future remain…
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On 19 May, at a summit of the CIS countries, no agreement was signed on a free trade zone which would guarantee Ukrainian exporters easier access to the Russian market (and the markets of the other CIS member states) and would ban the…
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On 20 May, one of the Minsk courts concluded the process of sentencing of another group of Belarusian opposition activists, who had been arrested after a post-election opposition demonstration last 19 December in the centre of Minsk…
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On May 18, President Dmitri Medvedev took part in a press conference with 800 Russian and foreign journalists in the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, which is currently under construction. The President’s first large press conference…
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On 19 May, a group of well-known Moldovan experts published a report negatively evaluating the Moldovan government’s implementation of its promised pro-European reforms. The experts have highlighted the very weak pace of change. The…
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On 24 May, the Central Bank of Belarus devalued the rouble rate by up to 56% against a basket of currencies. This is the biggest devaluation in the history of independent Belarus, and was caused by the dramatic situation on the…