• Why Fight for Donetsk Airport?

    After 242 days, the defenders of Donetsk airport finally lost their battle. In Ukraine, the defence of Donetsk airport is being compared with the Battle of Thermopyle – a brave but hopeless fight.

  • Transnistria’s Economy Going from Bad to Worse

    After months of crisis which has been ongoing since 2013, Transnistria faced the threat of economic catastrophe. Such poor conditions of Transnistria’s economy have additionally worsened due to the Ukrainian crisis.

  • Is Russia a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

    As France and Europe mourned and condemned the senseless terrorism in Paris, the European Parliament only a few days later, refused to describe the Russian-sponsored separatist enclaves in eastern Ukraine as “terrorist.” Why the double standards?

  • The Paranoia over “Greater Albania” Returns

    Aside from lack of domestic support, the concept of Greater Albania is absolutely refuted by all of Albania’s key allies, including the indispensable US and the EU. There is no serious political motivation in modern Albania and Kosovo to enact any expansionist policies.

  • On the Road to Collapse?

    The ongoing conflict with Russia and the war in Donbas make the gloomy economic condition of Ukraine less visible. Meanwhile, it is the economy that will have a prevailing influence on the future stability of the country and will shape Ukraine’s statehood.

  • Sanctions on Russia: The hidden cost

    The current crisis cannot turn into a rerun of the Cold War, as has been suggested in some circles, because the economies involved are much more interlinked than before the fall of the Berlin wall. And yet, more sanctions are on the horizon.

  • Lithuania: Getting used to the euro

    No matter what the Lithuanian prime minister and Vitas Vasiliauskas, chairman of the Bank of Lithuania, say about the smoothness of transition and benefits such as cheaper loans and liquidation of costs of the exchange, some problems have already occurred.

  • Four Scenarios for the Future of Donbas

    The Kremlin alone holds the leverage over the settlement of the situation in the conflict zone. Today, there are four scenarios that pave the way out of the stalemate for Russia.

  • Ukraine’s Year of Discontent

    “The passing year has been the most difficult in the last seven decades since 1945.” – Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko recently made this statement in his new year’s address to the nation.

  • Travel Notes from Latvia and Lithuania

    Lithuania and Latvia offer inquisitive traveller destinations that are rich in history, welcoming to outsiders, pleasing to the eye, and, just as importantly, easy on the wallet.

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