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On 25 June 2013, George Orwell (1903–1950) would turn 110. He appears to have been the real prophet of totalitarianism, and far and away the most insightful writer in the West who got the very essence of the tragedy of Eastern Europe.
25 June, 2013   ▪   Leonіdas Donskіs   ▪   2
“Ukraine is a leader of democratic transformations in the post-Soviet space,” Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Leonid Kozhara recently said, trying to convince his audience in Paris. No French journalist present at the breakfast with the Ukrainian minister published this bold statement. The West press is not that gullible. Even those who have never travelled to Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia can distinguish between democracy and autocracy.
18 June, 2013   ▪   Alla Lazareva
Two seemingly disjointed reports came one after another: swallows’ nests were intentionally destroyed in an amusement centre and one’s of Europe’s oldest chestnut trees was cut down in downtown Kyiv. What causes such offences and why the perpetrators are not likely to be punished?
18 June, 2013   ▪   Serhiy Hrabovsky
Recent economic news gives one a feeling of déjà vu
18 June, 2013   ▪   Lyubomyr Shavalyuk
What is happening in Russia now is difficult to describe other than as the posthumous smirk of the Soviet Union.
12 June, 2013   ▪   Leonіdas Donskіs
Swedish economist and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics, Andres Aslund believes that the time of financial crisis is the best time for Ukraine to implement economic reforms.
3 June, 2013   ▪   Anders Aslund
Words tend to fade when used too often. Just look at the names Auschwitz and GULAG: They’ve become cliché now, and give us goose bumps no longer.
3 June, 2013   ▪   Yuriy Makarov
With Europe hungry for Chinese goods, and China eager to sell them, high speed railways get large investments to complete the missing links between the two markets. Kazakhstan now sees a historic opportunity to make itself the main stopping place on tomorrow's Iron Silk Road
3 June, 2013   ▪   Michael Binyon
Climate Change can be defined as a global brand used in favour of and against the battle to change our lifestyle. It is used by lobbyists, governments, multinational corporations and researchers. The bottom line is: who (if anyone) should be interested in tackling it or should we adjust our way of living to simply cope with it?
31 May, 2013   ▪   Timo Hellenberg
Angela Merkel is known for not forgetting or forgiving people who don’t play fair. Therefore, she finds it hard to cede to Yanukovych
31 May, 2013   ▪   Ulrich Krökel
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