Slovenian opposition parties seek constitutional impeachment of PM Jansa

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 4, 2021

Opposition accuses Slovenia's right-wing prime minister of playing with people's lives during the pandemic in second attempt to remove him from power.

Chaos in Poland after government opens, then shuts down vaccinations for 40-year-olds

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 1, 2021

Government first tries to claim move was planned, but then finally admits that it had allowed younger people to jump the vaccination queue by mistake.

Moldova enters state of emergency amid overlapping health and political crises

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 1, 2021

The parliament’s decision to impose a 60-day state of emergency was condemned by President Maia Sandu, who said it was intended to delay early elections.

Coronavirus re-erupts in Turkey

bne IntelIiNews March 31, 2021

Already mired in a homegrown economic crisis, the country faces losing out on vital tourism revenues for a second summer running.

Government wants a solar panel on every roof in Serbia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 31, 2021

Draft law aims to turn Serbia into a nation of energy prosumers as Belgrade pursues energy transition.

Russia to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus by the end of August, says Putin

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2021

Russia is one of the few places in Europe where infection rates are falling rapidly and the country is likely to reach “herd immunity by the end of August", according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Belarus confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 320,000

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2021

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has exceeded 320,000 with the country counting as many as 995 more new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry reported on March 29.

Vaccination campaigns launched across Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.

Segezha Group launches CLT panel factory

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Leading Russian wood processor Segezha Group has launched the country's first factory to manufacture cross-laminated timber panels in Sokol, Vologda region, 500 km northeast of Moscow.

Biden invites Putin, Xi to his first major climate talks

by Ros Davidson in San Francisco March 30, 2021

In a significant move, President Joe Biden of the US has invited rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China to the US’ virtual climate talks. The forum will be held virtually on 22-23 April.

Montenegro asks EU for help to repay Chinese motorway loan

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Montenegro, one of the worst hit emerging Europe countries by the coronacrisis, has a heavy debt burden from the Bar-Boljare motorway.

UK registered shell company faked documents to win Uzbekistan medical kit contracts says World Bank

bne IntelIiNews March 30, 2021

Case of NovoLine Resources tarnishes already controversial reputation of British corporate governance.

Slovak coalition partners reshuffle cabinet to solve government crisis

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Finance Minister Eduard Heger will become the new prime minister, while outgoing premier Igor Matovic will take his post.

Belarus’ opposition abandons attempts at dialogue with Lukashenko, Tikhanovskaya branded a terrorist

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that the opposition is making no attempt at any dialogue with Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko, but is focusing on appealing directly to those working in his administration.

Uzbekistan police blame victim in violent attack on pro-LGBT activist

Eurasianet March 30, 2021

Miraziz Bazarov had criticized the government’s refusal to decriminalize same-sex relations.

Iran inks 25 year strategic deal with China as US softens nuclear deal stance

bne IntelIiNews March 29, 2021

Deal with Beijing could bring in hundreds of billions of investment dollars. Americans, meanwhile, talk up their flexibility on reviving accord.

Tender for Czech nuclear power plant Dukovany to be left to new government

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2021

This postpones any decision on whether to let Russia's Rosatom into the tender until after the October general election.

Impact of global chip shortage on carmakers spreading across Eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews March 26, 2021

Production plants forced into stoppages after pandemic-led surge in demand for electronics from locked down populations squeezes semiconductor supplies.

FPRI BMB Russia: Navalny’s health is worsening in prison, new protests planned

FPRI BMB Russia March 26, 2021

Navalny’s health is worsening in prison. Reports that Navalny was suffering health issues first emerged on March 25 from Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny’s campaign network, who also plans a 500,000 strong protest soon.

Over 200 arrested at “Freedom Day” protest in Belarus, but turnout was low

Ben Aris in Berlin March 26, 2021

Belarusian police arrested over 200 protesters during Belarus’ Freedom Day demonstrations on March 25, the first big protests of the spring season, although the turnout was disappointingly small.