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22 Aug 14

Ponta Defies Recession to Woo Romanian Voters

With an eye on winning November’s presidential elections, Prime Minister Victor Ponta is in a give-away mood – although Romania has slid back into recession in the meantime.

09 Jul 14

Moldova Braces for Russian Ire Over EU Pact

The former Soviet republic’s decision to sign an EU association agreement has the potential to provoke conflict on a range of fronts with Moscow.

24 Jun 14

EU Deal Lures Moldova From Russia’s Embrace

Most Moldovans back the forthcoming agreement with the EU as the only option for their impoverished country – but whether ties to Europe can stop the massive emigration that is emptying the land is another matter.

27 May 14

Illegal Logging is Destroying Ancient Forests in the Balkans

An investigation shows that gangs are felling vast tracts that once gave the Balkans their name.

25 May 14

EU Election Fails to Catch Fire in Romania

The politicians may be excited by the campaign - but poverty and deep disappointment with the current elite are likely to contribute to a low turnout on the part of voters this Sunday.

23 Apr 14

Balkan Gems Surface in British Video Archive

Among the rare old video clips published recently by British Pathé are many recording key moments in Balkan 20th-century history.

16 Apr 14

Russia’s New Assertiveness Awakens Old Fears in Romania

Russia’s drive to restore itself as a great power touches a raw nerve in Romania, where for historical reasons many regard Russia with deep suspicion.

08 Apr 14

Balkans Weigh Impact of Russia-Ukraine Gas Feud

If Russia cuts or curbs the gas supply to Ukraine, some Balkan countries, especially Bosnia and Serbia, could be hard hit, as they lack alternative supply routes.

01 Apr 14

After Crimea, Transnistria Awaits Mother Russia

Following Russia's annexation of Crimea, many people in the unrecognized breakaway province of Moldova hope they will be next in line.

27 Feb 14

Liberal Exit Leaves Romania Coalition Weakened

Coalition ructions will not force early elections, but - with its reduced majority – a weakened government may resort to populist economics.

26 Feb 14

Embattled Black Sea Regimes Pile Pressure on Journalists

As protests engulf governments in Ukraine, Bulgaria and Turkey, the media is coming under greater pressure to fall into line.

27 Jan 14

Medical Exodus Drains Life From Romanian Hospitals

The departure of trained doctors and nurses to Germany and Britain is costing Romania money as well as creating staff shortages.

06 Jan 14

Romania: Talk of Recovery Awakens Hope

Romanians anticipate 2014 with caution, hoping that signs of faint economic recovery will bear fruit - and that they can find less confrontational new president.

27 Dec 13

Romania: It’s the Environment, Stupid

Falling living standards and raw politics were not the only issues pulling protesters onto the street in 2013, as the environmentally conscious middle class made its disquiet heard.

21 Dec 13

Prisoner’s Ordeal Highlights Peril of Investing in Transdniester

The case of Vitalie Eriomenco - arrested over two years ago and who claims he was tortured into admitting a crime - sheds light on the dangers of trying to run a business in the breakaway region.