Around the Bloc
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Regional headlines: Azeris consolidate Karabakh gains; new EU sanctions against Belarus; Serbian patriarch dies; another Russian-American spy case; and Tajikistan’s winter electricity woes.
Regional headlines: North Macedonia and Bulgaria; a Russian spy in the U.S. Army; mass COVID testing in Slovakia; Pompeo visits Tbilisi; and Kyrgyz presidential maneuvers.
Regional headlines: EU budget mess; protecting Karabakh’s monuments; Putin power; Bosnian elections; and lights out in Abkhazia.
Regional headlines: Turmoil in Armenia; a new Moldovan president; Uzbek poverty; and fire devastates a COVID ward in Romania.
What lies behind Bulgaria’s refusal to advance North Macedonia’s EU prospects?
Much of Central Europe is basking in relief over Biden’s victory. The euphoria may be short-lived.
Stuck just miles from the EU border, thousands of migrants are helplessly entangled in the complexities of Bosnian politics.
What remains of public trust in the state is vanishing as the pandemic roars back into Central Europe.
Court decision prompts the creation of an initiative to help Polish women obtain abortions in the Czech Republic, though there are legal uncertainties. From Respekt.
Nothing can match the “disruptions” my old classmates are facing in their reality, an executive writes to his fellow professionals.
A prominent member of the Czech Romani community laments “a near-complete inability to warn Roma about the dangers of COVID itself.”
COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on digital freedoms in Central and Southeastern Europe, but it’s going to be a challenge to roll back intrusive regulations.
Every day is critical in the pastoralists’ fight to save their ecosystems and way of life from the military training ground. From openDemocracy.
An invisible wall divides villagers in north Georgia from their neighbors in South Ossetia. From Mtisambebi.ge.