What’s up Bulgaria? Controversial new prosecutor general, and GERB hold on to power

– On October 22nd the European Commission announced that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) for judicial review in Bulgaria could be lifted because “the progress made [by the country] under CVM is sufficient to meet Bulgaria’s commitments made at … Continue reading What’s up Bulgaria? Controversial new prosecutor general, and GERB hold on to power

What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

– Several infrastructure projects are in realisation to connect Dagestan with the broader region. On the 1st of October, the Head of the Republic mentioned ata meeting of the Valdai Club that flights between Makhachkala and Iran are planned to … Continue reading What’s up North Caucasus? Ramzan Kadyrov visits Saudi Arabia, and Ingushetia remembers the victims of the 1992 Osseto-Ingush conflict

What’s up Georgia? Prime Minister Gakharia meets with neighbours, and accusations against the Church

– On his first international trip as Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia met with the heads of Georgia’s neighbouring states. On October 9th, Gakharia and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev agreed to reopen the contested Davit Gareji Monastery, which is located in … Continue reading What’s up Georgia? Prime Minister Gakharia meets with neighbours, and accusations against the Church

What’s up Poland? Olga Tokarczuk is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature and PiS continues to rule the country

– On September 20th, dozens of Polish cities were occupied by youth protesting climate change as a part of the international initiative “Thousand Cities March” organized by the Youth Climate Strike. Residents of cities like Krakow, Lublin, Poznan and Warsaw … Continue reading What’s up Poland? Olga Tokarczuk is awarded the Nobel Prize in literature and PiS continues to rule the country

Drop in alcohol consumption WTO reports and new raids against Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation

– Some good news began this month, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) reporting that alcohol consumption in Russia fell by 43% between 2003 and 2016 on October 1st. According to WHO, Russians used to be considered some of the … Continue reading Drop in alcohol consumption WTO reports and new raids against Alexander Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation