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Ukraine loses a prime minister

Ukraine looks set for parliamentary elections later this year, to complete the political transformation set in train by February’s revolution.

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Some thoughts about “terrorism”

Terrorism everywhere, it seems: Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza. Or are we using the label as a substitute for serious thought?

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Juncker gets the job

Luxembourgish Christian Democrat Jean-Claude Juncker will be the next head of the European Commission. At best it’s a small step towards democratic accountability.

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Newcomer nails it in Slovenia

Slovenians vote against official corruption, on a low turnout. The new government looks like being a centrist coalition with a solid majority.

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Election preview: Slovenia

Slovenia’s voters seem poised to punish the established parties for failing to deal with official corruption. A cleanskin law professor is the most likely beneficiary.

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Sarkozy down but not out

Nicolas Sarkozy, under investigation for corruption, could still play a vital role in the next French presidential election.

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Death of a peacemaker

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last Soviet foreign minister, dies peacefully in retirement. His life is worth remembering.

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Blood and iron in Ukraine

Progress towards a resolution in eastern Ukraine has been made not by negotiation but by military action. Sad as it may be, that’s how the world often works.

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Another early election for Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s deadlocked parliament is to be dissolved next month for an October election. The centre-right opposition seems to be well placed.

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Far right still out in the cold

The party makeup of the new European parliament reflects a shift towards the extremes, but the far right was still unable to form a political group of its own.

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