• Ukraine and Transnistria: A Troubled Borderland

    Kyiv has taken steps both in favour and against restoring Moldova’s territorial integrity. Such an approach – sometimes called benevolent neutrality – has contributed to the survival of Transnistria as a quasi-state.

  • The Quiet Elections

    As in the previous elections, oligarchic clans are still likely to figure prominently, but this time different clans stand to benefit. Whereas at previous elections the Donbas clan came to the fore, they are now variously exiled.

  • Europe’s Mistakes

    Europe forgets that Putin does not act as a politician, but as a special agent, conducting special operations. One by one, he carries out a successful operation in Ukraine, in the tactical sense, but constantly worsens his own situation in a strategic one.

  • Immunity for Gazprom?

    By its decision to suspend the antitrust investigation into Gazprom, the European Commission showed that the EU is ready for another rotten compromise with Russia – the so-called “gas Yalta” over Ukraine.

  • Is Kyiv Prepared for a Bosnian Scenario?

    The Ukrainian parliament passed recently a bill which granted a special regime of self-governing for parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Does the recent decision by Ukrainian MPs mean that Kyiv is prepared for the execution of a Bosnian scenario on its soil?

  • There are Normal People in Russia

    Thousands of Russians took part in Sunday’s “March for Peace” in Moscow - a protest against war in Ukraine. The Muscovites demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and stopping the state’s support for separatists in Donbas.

  • Meet Poland’s New Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Grzegorz Schetyna served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs. He replaces the outgoing foreign minister, Radosław Sikorski, who will now take the position of speaker of the Polish parliament.

  • Escaping Donetsk

    We arrive at the first checkpoint of the “People’s Republic”. The separatists see there are children and allow us to pass. Once we arrive at the second checkpoint, a guy starts getting closer, but then makes a gesture letting us go.

  • We Need Solidarity to Stop Putin

    A conversation with Lech Wałęsa, Polish politician and charismatic leader of the Solidarity trade union, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and President of Poland (1990-1995). Interviewers: Łukasz Wojtusik and Iwona Reichardt.

  • Visegrad’s Do-nothing Policy

    One of the strongest voices against imposing sanctions on Russia is located in Central Europe. It is a classic case of political short-sightedness which may be costly for Central European countries in the future.

  • Underneath Putin’s Ratings

    The Russian leader is not as a real politician elected for a certain term based on certain conditions. He is rather an illusory embodiment of mass expectations which arise from a large amount of frustration accumulated over time.

  • Baltic Promises

    “Do not even think about messing around in the Baltics,” a senior White House official recently warned, clearly addressing the Kremlin. How exactly did the Baltic nations end up on America’s special friends list?


  • Barriers to Resolving Nagorno-Karabakh

    One of the fundamental problems of this conflict is that the sides do not share the same scale of values which is a necessary condition for its settlement. In this regard, Azerbaijan has still a long democratic way to go.

  • A Test on the Abandonment of Ukraine

    In the long term, the economic sanctions will undermine the Russian economy. Before the sanctions start working, however, Ukraine is most likely going to be carved up into different Russian puppet territories like Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

  • Should the West Arm Ukraine?

    The West can no longer pretend that it does not want to support Ukraine militarily because it does not want to enter an open conflict with Russia. The conflict between the West and Russia has already begun and no end is really in sight.

  • Is NATO United on the Ukrainian Question?

    To give an overview of the positions expressed by the eastern member states of NATO, New Eastern Europe compiled public statements given by the leaders of these states regarding the situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia.

  • Transnistria and Ukraine: Allies or Foes?

    Ukraine plays an important and poorly appreciated role in maintaining the status quo in Transnistria. With an unfriendly neighbour in the west (Moldova), Transnistria relies heavily on Ukraine for its transit of goods and passenger.

  • Moldova: A Long-Term Construction

    At the end of August, The Republic of Moldova celebrated its 23rd anniversary of independence. In this period, the country has taken on many challenges such as nationalism, migration and the economic crisis.

  • Now Available: Issue 4/2014 - Moldova: The Star Pupil of Europe's East?

    The September-October 2014 issue of New Eastern Europe is now available in e-version and on newsstands worldwide.

  • Shaking up the International Order

    If the West does not take the necessary steps, a return to the new Cold War with zones of influence is inevitable. In the long term, the nightmare scenario of a Third World War may really come true.

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