Poland Decides a Little Old-School Socialist Nationalization Can Be Good for the Soul

Why would I invest in you if you’re simply going to say you should never have let me do so in the first place?

Russia’s Church Mirrors Russia

There is a large segment of Russian society that is moving in a liberalizing direction, many Orthodox. These people exist. They are a real force. And they are electorally outmatched, now and into the future.

Estonia Open to New Greek Bailout; Cats and Dogs Living Together in Berlin Next?

This is a dangerous gamble. Poor but thriving Estonia may not be thriving much longer, and may not have enough to help rich but struggling Greece.

Vladimir Putin’s Grand Play

After a decade of hard work, Putin is finally poised to reclaim the Russian Empire he believes should exist of right.

Latvia and the Wages of Austerity

Presumably if the government gave out more free money, economically productive people would stick around?

Putin Shores Up His Domestic Base with Snowden Asylum

Putin’s move gives Russia yet another example to offer to recalcitrant former vassal states that Russia will always win these battles, and America is weak and timid.

Latvia’s Accession to Eurozone Cleared by European Parliament

It is ironic that another achievement in democracy for Latvia will be accomplished in the manner of European democracy — by the people’s elected representatives, and despite the people’s will.

PRISM: Moscow Teaches Its Former Subjects the Limits of American Power

What he is really doing is telling his slowly-dying country that it remains a great power and demonstrating to wavering neighbors such as Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Georgia that when Russia speaks, the world listens.

PRISM Fallout Casts a Pall on East-West Relations

The problem for the West’s allies is that the PRISM program sounds almost exactly like NKVD/KGB operations, from secret wiretaps to anonymous government officials analyzing reams of data to identify suspects behind black, closed doors.

Moldova Descends (Farther) from EU

Moldovans are fighting over the poorest country in Europe. Former allies have turned on each other and the future of European integration — and more importantly, civil society and government harmony — in Moldova is now in doubt.