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17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

16 Jan 18

Autonomy Demands Strain Hungary-Romania Relations

Hungary and Romania are at odds – again – over the issue of Transylvanian Hungarian demands for autonomy, which Bucharest must address one day, experts say. 

05 Jan 18

Christmas Comes Twice in Divided Moldova

Even the celebrations of Christmas and New Year are a matter of siding with the ‘East’ or the ‘West’ in this former Soviet republic.

03 Jan 18

Gagauz Resist Moldova’s Embrace of West

Turkey and Russia are competing influences in Moldova’s only autonomous region, where most locals eye Moldova’s courtship of the EU with suspicion.

02 Jan 18

Romania in 2018: More Turmoil Likely Despite Strong Growth

The failure of healthy growth rates to translate into wage rises – coupled with the passage of unpopular and controversial laws – are likely to mean a bumpy year. 

26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Balkan economies made real progress in 2017 but media freedom ebbed in some countries, and the region remained hostage to East-West rivalry for influence.

25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

As the Balkans readies for a new year, we bring you a list of ‘Balkan heroes’ – men and women who acted selflessly in tough times, or when no one else was brave enough to do so.

19 Dec 17

Romanian Prosecutors Battle ‘Dangerous’ Criminal Code Changes

Prosecutors are campaigning against proposed amendments to Romania’s criminal codes that are backed by the ruling party, warning that they would shut down organised crime and corruption investigations and intimidate victims.

18 Dec 17

With Michael, Balkan Royalist Hopes Lie Buried

The late King of Romania’s grand farewell ended an era when hopes of royalist restorations seemed faintly possible.

18 Dec 17

Vlad Plahotniuc, Moldova’s Unloved ‘Puppet Master’

He may want to be seen as the EU’s champion in Moldova, but few people there believe the wealthy businessman and media mogul will really change anything for the better in the country.

07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

06 Dec 17

Fatal Inaction: How Measles Made a Comeback

Romania’s failure to prevent a deadly measles outbreak is a story of complacency, bungling and discrimination. It is also a cautionary tale for Europe.

30 Nov 17

Romanian Protesters Vow to Overcome Net Saboteurs

Activists opposed to the government’s planned justice laws have vowed to continue protesting – despite what they believe was an organized campaign to block their Facebook accounts. 

29 Nov 17

Romania Rejects US Warning on Rule of Law

Romania’s parliament has rejected a warning from the US State Department urging it to halt a controversial bill that allegedly threatens judicial independence, accusing Washington of interfering in domestic policy.

27 Nov 17

Hungary’s Orban Woos Romania’s Restive Hungarians

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has gone all out to win the support of the discontented ethnic Hungarians of Romania - whose votes could help it retain power in next year’s elections.