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    Ukraine’s New Cabinet Lineup Offers Broad Competence for Reforms, But …
    Dec16

    Ukraine’s New Cabinet Lineup Offers Broad Competence for Reforms, But …

    Atlantic Council Analyst Lists Whom to Watch in the Battle to Improve Governance Ukraine’s overhauled cabinet lineup, now complete, offers clues to the new leadership’s seriousness and competence for its critical task of reforms. For a government that must decentralize governance, make official transactions transparent, prosecute and...

    Estonian Says He Spied for Russia; Merkel Revives South Stream Hopes
    Dec16

    Estonian Says He Spied for Russia; Merkel Revives South Stream Hopes

    Plus, British police smash an East European trafficking gang and Albanian mobsters sing as a big underworld trial opens. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Here is Why Obama May Sign Congress’ Bill for New US Aid to Ukraine
    Dec16

    Here is Why Obama May Sign Congress’ Bill for New US Aid to Ukraine

    ‘Freedom Support Act’ Authorizes, But Does Not Require, Arms Sales to Ukraine In passing its bill to boost US support for Ukraine last week, Congress has left President Barack Obama largely free to decide how and when to apply its provisions – and that flexibility is one reason Obama may sign the act, even though it includes measures...

    Accreditation Crunch
    Dec16

    Accreditation Crunch

    Belarusian journalists working for foreign media outlets used to get warnings. Now they’re getting trials. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Moldova at a Tipping Point: Four Ways the US Should Help
    Dec15

    Moldova at a Tipping Point: Four Ways the US Should Help

    Small Steps for a Small Country Could Strengthen Europe Against Russia’s Assaults In the shadow of Ukraine’s war for true independence from Russia, the small country of Moldova is entering a critical chapter of its parallel struggle. Frustrated Moldovan voters last month reelected their pro-democratic government, but also delivered a...

    The militants agree to a ceasefire when they are running out of ammunition
    Dec15

    The militants agree to a ceasefire when they are running out of ammunition

    In Eastern Ukraine, cannons should be silenced on 9 December. The Day of Silence in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, where the Ukrainian army and armed pro-Russian separatists are fighting, has been initiated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko for the second time. However, many doubt that the armed conflict will really stop this time,...

    Moscow Denies Near Miss With Poland-Bound Flight, China and Kazakhstan Sign Cooperation Deals
    Dec15

    Moscow Denies Near Miss With Poland-Bound Flight, China and Kazakhstan Sign Cooperation Deals

    Plus, EU ombudsman says key evidence is missing in Kosovo legal probe, and Serbia’s flag carrier resumes flights to Zagreb after a 23-year break. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Moscow’s Parking Wars
    Dec15

    Moscow’s Parking Wars

    New restrictions leave drivers feeling like targets. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    The End of Consensus: What does Europe Want from Russia?
    Dec15

    The End of Consensus: What does Europe Want from Russia?

    Many in Russia believe that the EU sanctions appeared as a result of the Ukrainian conflict and pressure from Washington. But the reasons for the current deterioration in Russia’s relations with Europe are far more profound. …read more Source: Carnegie Endowment for International...

    Ukraine:  Suddenly, an Information Ministry Is Born
    Dec12

    Ukraine: Suddenly, an Information Ministry Is Born

    Poroshenko’s Team Creates a Government Agency in 60 Hours; Critics Ask if This Is the Way to Counter Kremlin Propaganda President Petro Poroshenko’s government created a new Ministry of Information Policy last week in sixty hours from first proposal to parliamentary approval—and did so over the objections of pro-reform legislators,...

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