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    EU considers civil mission in the Balkans
    Oct29

    EU considers civil mission in the Balkans

    The EU is considering launching a “civil mission” to help Western Balkan countries deal with the flow of refugees through the region, officials said Thursday. Diplomats met in Brussels to discuss ways to control the influx of migrants traveling from the Middle East through the Balkan countries and on to northern Europe. The proposal for a civil...

    Europe suspends Belarus sanctions
    Oct29

    Europe suspends Belarus sanctions

    The European Union decided Thursday to suspend most of its sanctions against Belarus after the authoritarian country freed political prisoners and did not crack down on dissent following this month’s flawed presidential election. The asset freeze and travel ban applying to 170 people, including President Alexander Lukashenko, and an asset...

    Moldova’s government ousted over banking scandal
    Oct29

    Moldova’s government ousted over banking scandal

    Moldova’s parliament on Thursday dismissed the country’s government, part of the fallout from a banking scandal that saw nearly $1 billion vanish from Europe’s poorest country and that set off long-running street protests in the capital. The no-confidence vote was backed by 65 out of 101 MPs, and removes Prime Minister Valeriu...

    The Czech Donald Trump
    Oct29

    The Czech Donald Trump

    PRAGUE — Andrej Babiš is what Donald Trump wants to be: The most powerful man in his country. He isn’t even the president or prime minister of the Czech Republic. He’s a billionaire, media mogul, chairman of his own political party, deputy prime minister and finance minister. He’s also popular, trusted by 64 percent of people in...

    A democratic misstep for Ukraine
    Oct28

    A democratic misstep for Ukraine

    International monitors from the OSCE judged Ukraine’s local elections held this Sunday to be largely competitive, free and democratic. While this was true for most of the country, the vote was also a major setback for the Ukraine’s efforts to integrate the citizens of its Russian-speaking East. Some 2 million Ukrainians from the...

    Sarkozy’s Russian fling
    Oct28

    Sarkozy’s Russian fling

    Once upon a time, Nicolas Sarkozy was such a fervent admirer of the United States that an American diplomat described him in 2009 as “the most pro-American French president since World War II,” according to a Wikileaks embassy cable. That version of Sarkozy seems to be lost, replaced by one whose gaze points east. On Thursday, the conservative...

    In the loop October 28: Polish vote, EU-Ukraine sanctions, revolving door
    Oct28

    In the loop October 28: Polish vote, EU-Ukraine sanctions, revolving door

    This week POLITICO’s lobbying reporter James Panichi chats with Jan Cienski, news editor, about the outcome of the Polish parliamentary election on October 25. What is the impact on Europe now that the Polish right returns to power? Nicholas Hirst, antitrust & competition reporter, joins to discuss European sanctions against a Ukrainian...

    The ex-files: Former commissioners’ new jobs
    Oct28

    The ex-files: Former commissioners’ new jobs

    A new survey from transparency NGO Corporate Europe Observatory tracks the positions now held by members of the previous European Commission, many of whom have taken roles on management boards of corporations, NGOs and institutions since leaving office a year ago. Here’s an overview of what former Commission President José Manuel Barroso...

    Erdoğan’s boomerang
    Oct28

    Erdoğan’s boomerang

    ANKARA — With Turkey approaching its second election in five months, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again emerged from his gargantuan palace to campaign for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Although the constitution designates the presidency as a nonpartisan office, that didn’t stop Erdoğan from pushing during...

    Poroshenko hobbles on
    Oct26

    Poroshenko hobbles on

    KIEV — It was meant to be a local election campaign like no other, a scrubbed-up democratic exercise following two years of death and sacrifice. Yet Sunday’s vote in Ukraine was a depressing return to type. There was vote rigging, criminality, dodgy candidates, violence, widespread voter apathy and buckwheat handouts, and one set of...

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