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Surprises in the Czech Republic: Together with Pirates, without Populists and Communists

The recent parliamentary elections have redrawn the political map in the Czech Republic. The incumbent Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has lost power, a coalition of five very diverse parties will most likely govern, and voters of the traditional left-wing parties have lost their representation entirely. The post-election situation is further complicated by the fact that President Miloš Zeman is seriously ill and, according to the hospital where he is hospitalised, is unable to exercise his powers. Prague Castle, however, is silent about Zeman's condition.

The Metropolitanate of Moldova and Moscow’s ploys in Chișinău

The Metropolitanate of Moldova is one of the instruments Russia is using to exert its influence in Chișinău. From backing pro-Russian politicians in election campaigns to blocking certain pieces of legislation that would take Moldova closer to Europe, the Metropolitanate has constantly shown that religion is hardly its sole concern.

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Bulgaria and the Pandora Case: nothing shocking in a country accustomed to corruption
Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov  |  19 Oct 2021

Bulgaria and the Pandora Case: nothing shocking in a country accustomed to corruption

The Pandora Papers did not cause a major surprise in Bulgaria, a country accustomed to corruption scandals. It remains to be seen what will their impact be. For now, one of those exposed in the leaks, controversial oligarch Delyan Peevski, instead of hiding returned from Dubai to Bulgaria and announced his come back to the political scene.

Ukraine’s anti-oligarch law: a reform tool or a political weapon?

Ukraine’s anti-oligarch law: a reform tool or a political weapon?

The Parliament in Kiev adopted a law aiming to curb oligarchs’ influence in politics. The piece of legislation comes at a time when Ukraine’s partners have warned Kiev authorities they are doing too little to limit the informal decision-making of groups of oligarchs. Despite having already been adopted, the law rather seems to be a sort of “window dressing” designed to boost Zelensky’s influence in the runup to the presidential election. No one really knows who exactly will be on the list of oligarchs who will have to abide by the new legislation and what the long-term implications will be.

Leonid Litra
Leonid Litra
12 Oct 2021
The Republic of Moldova is still vulnerable to Russia

The Republic of Moldova is still vulnerable to Russia

The pro-European government in Chisinau has entered a complicated period. Judicial reform has already begun in force and has already generated an internal crisis due to the detention of the prosecutor general, a measure that has been described as too harsh by some analysts, recalling a real "judicial blietzkrieg". This is exactly the kind of situation that Russia usually exploits, and Moscow has a few levers at its disposal to ensure that Moldova goes in the direction it wants.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
11 Oct 2021
Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, the Taliban. Why jihadis are fighting each other

Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, the Taliban. Why jihadis are fighting each other

This war among Muslim extremists might seem peculiar. Their ideologies are strikingly similar. Most of their fighters originate from the same region and share the same cultural and ethnic background. Their number one enemy is the West, embodied by the United States, whose withdrawal from Afghanistan is perceived by many as a defeat. Rather, their rivalry is more nuanced and has to do with their divergent worldviews and their distinctive approach to religion and jihad. Their dispute is also highly political, as they both fight for supremacy and prestige. Finally, their clash reflects the old rivalry between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
08 Oct 2021
The arrest of Moldova’s Prosecutor General: a step towards reform, or a stage in the fight over institutions?

The arrest of Moldova’s Prosecutor General: a step towards reform, or a stage in the fight over institutions?

The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova was arrested on October 5 for corruption. This is the latest in a series of scandals over this institution. Will it mark the true beginning of judicial reform, or are we dealing with a new stage in the war over the control of a vital institution?

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
06 Oct 2021

FAKE NEWS: The fires in Romanian hospitals were fabricated, while anti-COVID-19 vaccines are expired

Romania’s stocks of anti-coronavirus vaccines are expired, whereas the fires reported in Romanian hospitals in the last year have been stage-directed. These false narratives have been circulating for some time, and were recently promoted by the bishop of Giurgiu.

FAKE NEWS: Europeans call for the building of Nord Stream 3 and 4 to overcome the gas crisis
 |  19 Oct 2021

FAKE NEWS: Europeans call for the building of Nord Stream 3 and 4 to overcome the gas crisis

As the natural gas crisis is deepening and prices are rising in the EU member states, the Russian state press is promoting narratives about Europeans panicking and seeking Russia's help.

FAKE NEWS: Romania will deploy military forces under EU command to Crimea

FAKE NEWS: Romania will deploy military forces under EU command to Crimea

Romanian troops are expected to take part in Ukraine’s military operation aimed at retaking Crimea.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: The UN denounced the crimes of the Zelenski regime in Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The UN denounced the crimes of the Zelenski regime in Ukraine

The UN has criticized Kiev for serious human rights violations, noting, according to the Russian media, that Ukraine “kills its population”, “tortures” and “restricts freedom of speech”. In reality, the Russian press has tried to manipulate the public opinion by selectively using information from the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu pushes for Moldova’s NATO accession in order to embroil the country in regional conflicts

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu pushes for Moldova’s NATO accession in order to embroil the country in regional conflicts

Maia Sandu and her administration are preparing the Republic of Moldova’s NATO accession in order to embroil the country in external conflicts, at the same time fueling inter-ethnic tensions at home by arresting the Prosecutor General, Alexandr Stoianoglo. Promoted by the Russian publication Komsomoliskaya Pravda, the narratives have been spread for some time now. Its authors do not explain, however, how a state with such a small military budget, a frozen military conflict and with Russian military forces deployed on its territory could possibly join NATO.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
09 Oct 2021
FAKE NEWS: The anti-COVID vaccine induces sterility across three generations

FAKE NEWS: The anti-COVID vaccine induces sterility across three generations

Senator Diana Șoșoacă, elected in Parliament on behalf of AUR, but who no longer represents this party, said the anti-COVID vaccines may cause sterility across three generations as a possible side effect.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Oct 2021
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