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Anyone But Yulia

For many reasons, Yulia Tymoshenko must not be Ukraine’s next president.

Tymoshenko Grandstands As Ukraine Hangs By A Thread

Today, Ukraine needs leadership who will sacrifice for a nation badly wounded by the last six weeks, not mere politicians looking for another photo opportunity.

Europe’s Credulity on Display: Were Ukrainian Snipers Backed by Maidan Leaders?

Why is the EU hiding the “more and more strengthened” conclusion that the very people in power in Kyiv were behind the events that brought them to power?

West Sowing a Bitter Harvest in Ukraine

In any democracy worth its name, these men would be behind bars for using force to get them what democratic elections did not. Because they have powerful international backers, they are not.

Moldova Discovers the Perils of Being Europe’s Darling

Expect Gagauzia to increasingly agitate for independence, and expect Moscow to back that play as it backs Transnistria now.

Slavery Unending in Central Asia

Those countries that are working toward Western ideals, however haltingly, are the good ones. The satrapies of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan do not care, and so medieval brutalities are commonplace.

Jews and the Former Communist Bloc

This is not to say that anti-Semitism is uniquely confined to these states; rather, in the absence of a healthy polity, anti-Semitism takes root, sickening civil society and government, which in turn breeds more anti-Semitism.

Latvia’s Euro Test

With Latvia’s economy outgrowing the rest of Europe’s, returning to its 2007 peak, the Baltic country is prepared to enjoy the benefits of the euro currently not really enjoyed by the European south.

2013′s Year of Upheaval

2014 will be the year that Europe’s mettle is truly tested.

Armenia’s Fixation on the Past Blinds It to the Future

An end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would end reliance on Russian military power; an end to blaming the grandchildren of the Ottomans for the sins of a long-fallen empire would allow new trading vistas and hope to open again.