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Like thieves in the night

File 006On the night of January 31st 2017 the Romanian government defiantly passed the ill-fated Ordinance 13, decriminalising certain instances of office misconduct, despite previous criticism from the public, the media and legal experts. People immediately took to the streets to protest both the document and the way in which it was adopted. “Like thieves in the night” became one of the main slogans of the protesters. The ordinance was seen as favouring a high number of corrupt officials either already sentenced or facing trial. Then, following five days of record-breaking protests across the country, the government agreed to withdraw it. However, the country is struggling in an atmosphere of social tensions and distrust of its elected leaders and the protests continue.

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Crimea’s water troubles

Black-Sea-Crimea-Swallows-Nest-Sea-Yalta-Palace-1279126The Kalinina farm collective near Pervomaisk, northern Crimea, was busy with seasonal workers loading sacks of cabbages, or gathering up carrots in the big muddy fields. It looks like a successful harvest, but it’s a result of almost three years hard struggle to adapt to new conditions after vital water supplies from the Ukraine mainland stopped in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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Kissinger’s edict on Crimea

Henry Kissinger at the LBJ Library 2016Approximately three weeks ago Henry A. Kissinger (former United States Secretary of State to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford), made a shocking pronouncement that then President-Elect Donald J. Trump should accept Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.

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Israel, Iran and the US interest in South Caucasus

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Donald Trump’s hostile posture against the Iran nuclear deal and Netanyahu’s sympathy for Trump are being watched with anxiety in Tehran. Yet Israel’s increasing presence in Azerbaijan is another source of alarm for Iran and Armenia, who are currently seeking closer relations. So, what is the American perspective on Israeli and Iranian presence in Armenia and Azerbaijan respectively; countries which are viewed by Russia as within its own sphere of influence?

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EU gas strategy can pave the way for peace in Ukraine

natural-gas-863229 1280With the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has made no secret of his congeniality toward Vladimir Putin, there can be no over-estimating of the heightened anxiety when it comes to strategy that now reigns in Kyiv. The plans for a “grand bargaining” between the United States and Russia, which the US President has sought in order to counter the expansion of China's power, has Ukrainian leaders fearing that they will be nothing but a pawn on the negotiating board laid out between Moscow and Washington.

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    New Eastern Europe's Continuing coverage of the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine

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