Eastern Europe

Washington responsible for fascist massacre in Odessa

By Mike Head, 3 May 2014

The killings expose the brutal character of the right-wing government installed in Kiev.

Does Washington want war with Russia?

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2014

The evident desire of Washington to provoke a military conflict with Russia has brought the world to the brink of a catastrophic confrontation.

Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.

Ukrainian troops reject orders from US puppet regime in Kiev

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

Ukrainian troops sent to the eastern part of the country have refused orders to suppress opposition to the right-wing imperialist-backed government in Kiev.

US-backed regime drops deadline against east Ukraine protesters, but threat of war remains

By Mike Head, 12 April 2014

The dangers of a civil war and a US-provoked war with Russia still hang over the people of Ukraine, despite the Western-backed regime in Kiev backing away from a 48-hour deadline for a violent crackdown on protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Civil war looms as pro-US regime threatens massacre of east Ukraine protesters

By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2014

Plans for a bloody crackdown by the US-backed regime in Kiev threaten to plunge Ukraine into a civil war that could draw in Russia and the NATO powers.

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukrainian regime announces utility price hikes

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2014

Over the course of four years, Ukraine’s Western-backed, ultra-right government plans to implement a 120 percent increase in the cost of natural gas for households.

EU and Ukrainian regime seek to discipline fascist Right Sector

By Stefan Steinberg and Chris Marsden, 5 April 2014

Since the February putsch in Kiev, ties between the supposedly “democratic” regime installed by Washington and its fascist allies have become increasingly tense.

Eastern European states demand stronger action against Russia

By Markus Salzmann, 2 April 2014

Eastern European governments have fully supported the right-wing US and EU-led coup in Ukraine and are now demanding intensified military action against Russia.

Polls predict victory for right-wing Fidesz in Hungarian elections

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2014

Despite catastrophic social conditions, polls anticipate that right-wing Prime Minister Victor Orban will emerge victorious in parliamentary elections on April 6.

US, EU threaten retaliation as Crimea votes to join Russia

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014

US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.

Alex Callinicos: An imperialist apologist writes on Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014

Callinicos happily forgets what he wrote in 2008 because he is intent on defending the putsch carried out by Washington in Kiev and insisting that Russia is the imperialist aggressor.

After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister

Obama issues new threats against Russia

By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014

The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.

US, Europe step up pressure as Ukrainian crisis intensifies

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2014

A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned the US and EU sanctions as “extremely unconstructive” and warned “they will not remain unanswered.”

US steps up pressure on Russia amid growing risk of war over Ukraine

By Stefan Steinberg, 4 March 2014

The world is being brought face to face with the disastrous consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, which has left the region vulnerable to imperialist intrigue, provocations and the rise of far-right forces functioning as tools of imperialism.

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014

In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is unleashing a torrent of lies and propaganda.

Canada supports Ukraine coup, threats to Russia

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.

After pro-EU putsch in Ukraine, Russia puts military on alert

By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2014

Moscow carried out large-scale military exercises yesterday amid rising tensions over the Crimea with the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev.

The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014

What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century.

Berlin and Washington foment civil war in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014

Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.

US, European Union threaten sanctions against Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014

Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.

Hungarian government exploits Holocaust Memorial Year to revise history

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2014

The Hungarian government is collaborating with extreme right-wing forces to rehabilitate the pro-Hitler regime of Miklos Horthy.

As riots spread, right-wing Ukrainian opposition threatens new clashes

By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2014

The right-wing, Western-backed opposition threatened to step up violent protests, as pro-opposition rioters took over state buildings in several cities in western Ukraine.

Factional struggle intensifies between Ukraine’s oligarchs

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2013

The current political crisis in Ukraine centers around which group of rival oligarchs will come out on top.

Neo-fascist wins regional election in Slovakia

By Markus Salzmann, 11 December 2013

A neo-fascist has exploited widespread contempt for the political establishment to win the presidency of a central Slovakian region.

Romanian trade unions support destruction of health care

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 1 November 2013

The union bureaucracy, non-governmental organizations and pseudo-left parties are supporting reactionary plans to privatize and rip up health care in Romania.

Serbian government reshuffled in preparation for assault on workers’ conditions

By Paul Mitchell, 10 September 2013

The three-party Serbian coalition government is introducing further austerity, including cutting subsidies to more than 100 state firms.

Eastern European migrant workers face slave labour in Germany

By Anna Rombach, 30 August 2013

Many workers from Bulgaria and Romania seeking work in Germany as a result of the austerity measures of the EU are denied minimal social rights.

Pressure from European Union heightens political crisis in Slovenia

By Markus Salzmann, 31 July 2013

Slovenia’s ruling elite fears a resurgence of working class protests even more than the imminent collapse of government.

Germany’s Left Party supports austerity in Bulgaria

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2013

Hans Modrow, chair of the Left Party’s council of elders, has pledged his unreserved support for the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the government it hopes to lead.

Slovenian government adopts another austerity programme

By Markus Salzmann, 21 May 2013

Seven weeks after taking power, Slovenia’s centre-left governing coalition adopted a new austerity programme and presented it to the EU commission.

The political issues confronting the Bulgarian protests

By Christoph Dreier, 8 March 2013

Protesters in Bulgaria oppose the austerity measures dictated by the EU and the IMF and the bitter poverty they have produced, but the organisers are mainly petty-bourgeois forces seeking their own share of the spoils.

Social and political tensions mount in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 5 March 2013

Russian president Putin is using an anti-corruption campaign to reorganise the Russian ruling elite and channel the anger of the middle class.

Kremlin responds to slowdown in economic growth with deeper social cuts

By Clara Weiss, 7 February 2013

The budget for 2013-2015 provides for massive cuts in the spheres of culture, education and health, while the share going to military spending will rise to 6.1 percent of GDP.

Slovenia: Nationwide public sector strike intensifies government crisis

By Markus Salzmann, 29 January 2013

A nationwide public sector strike largely paralyzed Slovenia on Wednesday last week.

Russian government intensifies witch-hunt of migrant workers

By Clara Weiss, 18 January 2013

Against a background of growing social tensions, the Russian government is stepping up its anti-immigrant measures in close collaboration with fascist groups.

Slovenian unions drop opposition to government austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 8 January 2013

Following a wave of protests that began at the end of November, the Slovenian trade unions are openly moving to support the right-wing program of the Janez Janša coalition government.

Russia starts construction of the South Stream pipeline

By Clara Weiss, 14 December 2012

The South Stream pipeline is of considerable political importance: it will undermine the monopoly position of Ukraine as a transit country for gas supplies and ensure that Europe continues to receive a large proportion of its gas from Russia.

Social Democratic-led alliance wins Romanian election

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 13 December 2012

With 58.6 percent of the votes in the Chamber of Deputies and 60.1 percent in the Senate, Romania’s Social Liberal Union will enjoy a comfortable majority to form the new government.

Croatian war criminals released after appeal by Western military chiefs

By Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2012

The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia Appeals Court overturned the convictions of Croatian general Ante Gotovina and Assistant Interior Minister Mladen Markac.

IMF steps up pressure on Romanian government prior to election

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 23 November 2012

In their latest report the International Monetary Fund and European Union call upon the Romanian government to continue its brutal “structural reforms.”

Hungarian premier steps up nationalist rhetoric

By Markus Salzmann, 27 October 2012

In early October the Hungarian premier Victor Orban delivered a bloodcurdling tirade placing himself firmly in the camp of the extreme right.

Romania: 3,500 jobs threatened at Oltchim chemical plant

By our correspondents, 25 October 2012

The situation of 3,500 workers at Romania’s Oltchim chemical works remains uncertain following the failure of the Social Democratic government led by Victor Ponta to reopen the plant and provide funds for unpaid salaries.

Russian President Putin advocates ban on headscarves in schools

By Clara Weiss, 24 October 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly spoken out in favor of a ban on headscarves in Russian schools.

Russian parliament expels Putin adversary

By Clara Weiss, 24 September 2012

The powerful pro-Putin faction in the Russian State Duma has banished a leading critic of the regime.

Hungarian government plans further austerity measures

By Markus Salzmann, 21 September 2012

The Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban (Fidesz) is planning further austerity measures to meet demands made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Romanian workers protest privatization, demand resignation of union leaders

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 20 September 2012

Hundreds of workers have protested in Romania this month against the government’s plans to privatize state-owned companies as part of a deal agreed with the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.

EU launches anti-monopoly suit against Russia's Gazprom

By Clara Weiss, 19 September 2012

Commercial conflicts between European Union energy firms and the Russian gas supplier Gazprom will inevitably raise political tensions.

Discrimination of Roma in Europe intensifies

By Diana Toma, 18 September 2012

In Romania itself and throughout Europe, Roma confront increasing discrimination.

Right-wing pogroms against Roma in Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 5 September 2012

The right-wing government led by Prime Minister Victor Orban and the neo-fascist Jobbik party are deliberately provoking violent attacks against the Roma minority in Hungary.

German chancellor visits Moldova

By Markus Salzmann, 28 August 2012

German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moldova and raised the issue of the impoverished country’s possible accession to the European Union.

Why Western politicians support Pussy Riot

By Clara Weiss, 25 August 2012

Western leaders are using the Pussy Riot affair to pressure the Russian government.

Russian governor deploys Cossack militia against immigrants

By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2012

The governor of the southern Russian Krasnodar region announced he intends to deploy a Cossack militia against illegal immigrants from the Caucasus.

Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot jailed for singing anti-Putin song

By Vladimir Volkov, 18 August 2012

Three members of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail for singing songs critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Record temperatures and forest fires in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 15 August 2012

Record temperatures and fires in Russia have led to the country’s worst harvest since 2010, triggering a food crisis.

Belarus workers hit by hyperinflation and social cuts

By Clara Weiss, 9 August 2012

Like all of the ex-Stalinist Eastern European countries, Belarus has been devastated by the international economic crisis and now stands on the verge of a social explosion.

Referendum fails to oust Romanian president

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 7 August 2012

The number of voters in the referendum fell short of the 50 percent+1 required for the referendum to be considered valid.

Mass opposition to austerity deepens power struggle in Romanian ruling elite

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 25 July 2012

The Romanian ruling class faces a fierce political crisis, after mass protests at the start of the year brought down the conservative government of Emil Boc.

Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary arrested in Budapest

By Markus Salzmann, 23 July 2012

The 97-year-old is accused of being involved in the murder of 16,000 Hungarian Jews during the Second World War.

Flooding in Krymsk: Kremlin covers up causes and consequences

By Clara Weiss, 20 July 2012

The reaction of the population to the flood disaster in Krymsk shows the extent of the social divide in Russia and the level of hatred for the government and the oligarchy.

Romanian elite erupts in sordid infighting

By Andrei Tudora and Tina Zamfir, 14 July 2012

The Romanian ruling elite is struggling to form a stable government that can impose the austerity measures dictated by the IMF and the European Union.

Kremlin prepares for a second economic crisis

By Clara Weiss, 12 July 2012

As a result of the stagnation in the eurozone the economic crisis in Russia has worsened considerably.

Over 170 die in floods in southern Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 July 2012

At least 170 people have died following flooding in the southern Russian region of Krasnodarsk at the weekend.

The definitive film record of the 1917 Russian Revolution

Mehring Books announces release of Tsar to Lenin in DVD format

5 July 2012

Tsar to Lenin, first released in 1937, ranks among the twentieth century’s greatest film documentaries. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, to the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.

Former Romanian PM suffers gunshot wound hours after prison sentencing

By Diana Toma and Markus Salzmann, 29 June 2012

The jail sentence of former premier Adrian Nastase on charges of corruption must be considered in relation to the ongoing political crisis in Romania.

Protests in Russia: Liberals, pseudo-left march alongside far right

By Clara Weiss, 16 June 2012

Tens of thousands joined an anti-Kremlin demonstration in Moscow on Tuesday.

Russia prepares army for Syrian deployment

By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian general staff to work out a plan for military operations outside Russia, including in Syria.

Increasing number of strikes in Russia

By Clara Weiss, 12 June 2012

Trade unions are attempting to stifle the wave of strikes that have broken out recently in Russia.

Russian president in talks with Berlin and Paris on Syria

By Clara Weiss, 7 June 2012

Russian president Vladimir Putin met with the German chancellor and the newly elected French president for talks centered on Syria.

Catastrophic conditions in the Bulgarian health system

By Anna Rombach, 5 June 2012

The health system in Bulgaria is undergoing a devastating decline as a result of the austerity measures dictated by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Russian government cracks down on opposition

By Andrea Peters and Clara Weiss, 26 May 2012

President Vladimir Putin has responded with force to anti-Kremlin protests in recent weeks, as the new government prepares to implement a right-wing agenda.

Slovak premier prepares austerity agenda

By Markus Salzmann, 24 May 2012

Social Democratic Prime Minister Robert Fico has made a sharp reduction in Slovakia’s budget deficit the central goal of his new government.

The appalling situation of Romania’s institutionalized children: From Ceausescu to today

By Diana Toma, 23 May 2012

Cases in Romania of the inhumane treatment of children left abandoned in hospitals or simply thrown in the trash by their own parents are becoming increasingly frequent.

G8 and NATO summits take place without Putin

By Clara Weiss, 19 May 2012

The last minute decision of Russian president Vladimir Putin to not attend this week’s G8 summit is an unmistakable sign of deteriorating relations between Moscow and NATO.

Russian plane crashes in Indonesia

By Clara Weiss, 11 May 2012

On Wednesday, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight crashed into the rock face of a volcano near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Czech government survives no-confidence vote

By Markus Salzmann, 9 May 2012

Immediately after the vote of confidence, the government said it would uphold the aim of reducing the budget deficit below three percent, and would adopt further cost-cutting measures.

Vladimir Putin inaugurated as Russian president

By Clara Weiss, 8 May 2012

Putin’s third term as president will be marked by a deepening economic crisis and geopolitical tensions that threaten to escalate into a war between the major powers.

Russian general threatens pre-emptive attack on US missile defence system in Europe

By Clara Weiss, 7 May 2012

The recent threats by the Russian army chief to launch pre-emptive military strikes in eastern Europe underline the growing geopolitical tensions between the major powers.

Ukraine bombings point to growing political tensions

By Niall Green, 30 April 2012

Explosions in Ukraine point to mounting tensions within the country’s ruling elite.

Russia prepares for a US-Israeli military strike against Iran

By Clara Weiss, 28 April 2012

Russia has undertaken intensive preparations during the past few months for a possible military strike by Israel and the United States on Iran.

China and Russia hold joint naval exercises in North East Asia

By John Chan, 27 April 2012

Both China and Russia are deeply concerned at the aggressive US military build up in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hungarian parliament to select new president

By Markus Salzmann, 25 April 2012

The probable election of Janos Ader in May as Hungarian president will advance the policies of the country’s right-wing government.

Strikes in the Russian auto industry

By Clara Weiss, 21 April 2012

Two strikes have taken place in the Russian car industry in recent weeks, showing the extremely tense social relations in the country.

Kremlin prepares austerity program

By Clara Weiss, 16 April 2012

After the conclusion of the election cycle and amid a deepening economic crisis, the Russian government is preparing major cuts in social spending

Seventeen migrant workers die in Moscow fire

By Clara Weiss, 7 April 2012

At least 17 migrant workers, apparently undocumented and from Central Asian republics, died in a horrific fire in the southwest of Moscow early Tuesday morning.

Social and political crisis intensifies in eastern Europe

By Markus Salzmann, 7 April 2012

Recent reports make clear that the debt crisis is far from over and is generating a huge social and political crisis in many eastern European countries.

Ruling parties routed in Slovakian elections

By Markus Salzmann, 15 March 2012

The social democratic Smer-SD has emerged as the clear winner in the Slovak parliamentary elections held last Saturday.

Slovakia: Mass poverty, corruption on the eve of parliamentary elections

By Markus Salzmann, 9 March 2012

The current election campaign is dominated by a huge corruption scandal in which virtually all of the government and opposition parties are involved.

Putin wins Russian presidential election

By Andrea Peters, 5 March 2012

Vladimir Putin claimed a victory in Sunday’s presidential elections based, in a vote denounced by the opposition as fraudulent.

EU and IMF increase pressure on Hungary

By Markus Salzmann, 2 March 2012

In Hungary Orban plays the nationalist card but the truth is that his government is completely dependent on the EU and IMF, and is intent on meeting their demands.

Polish government plans new attacks on the working class

By Christoph Dreier, 1 March 2012

Despite modest economic growth, the Polish government led by Donald Tusk is preparing renewed attacks on workers.

Economic crisis in Russia deepens

By Clara Weiss, 22 February 2012

In Russia in 2012, analysts expect economic decline and a further intensification of the capital exodus.

Death toll rises to 600 in European cold snap

By Markus Salzmann, 14 February 2012

The spate of cold weather that has lasted for weeks in many parts of Europe has now claimed at least 600 lives.

Appointment of new US ambassador heightens tensions with Russia

By Clara Weiss, 10 February 2012

The appointment of Michael McFaul as new US ambassador to Moscow has fueled fresh tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Mass protests bring down Romanian government

By Peter Schwarz, 7 February 2012

The Romanian government resigned on Monday following weeks of protests against its austerity measures.

Social protests spread in Eastern Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 27 January 2012

The wave of social uprisings that rocked the Middle East, the US, Greece, Spain and other countries last year has now reached Eastern Europe.

Russian Prime Minister Putin appeals to middle-class protesters

By Clara Weiss, 24 January 2012

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presented his election program in an article published January 16 in the Russian daily Izvestia.

Protests in Romania enter their second week

By a correspondent in Bucharest, 23 January 2012

As protests in Romania enter their second week, workers are facing increased pressure and threats from the ruling elite.

Demonstrations spread in Romania against austerity policies

By Diana Toma and Stefan Steinberg, 18 January 2012

Last weekend Romania witnessed some of the biggest and most violent confrontations between demonstrators and the state since the overthrow of the country’s Stalinist regime over two decades ago.