Eastern Europe


    • US, EU express solidarity with protesters in Georgia

      US, EU express solidarity with protesters in Georgia

      The United States and European Union expressed solidarity on Monday with Georgia’s anti-government protesters who took to the streets after the ruling party backtracked on promises of electoral reforms, news wires reported. In the biggest anti-government protest in years, more than 20,000 demonstrators rallied on Sunday outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi urging the government to resign and calling for new legislative elections.

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    • Belarus holds parliamentary election as strongman leader keeps grip

      Belarus holds parliamentary election as strongman leader keeps grip

      Belarus began voting on Sunday in parliamentary elections that will be closely watched by the West to see how much leeway President Alexander Lukashenko will allow opposition candidates while keeping his grip on power. Lukashenko, 65, has ruled the east European country with an iron fist for a quarter of a century, but has begun allowing some opposition in a bid to foster ties with the West as relations with Moscow sputter.

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    • Moldova's government brought down by a no confidence vote

      Moldova's government brought down by a no confidence vote

      Moldova's government was last Tuesday brought down by a no-confidence vote, threatening more instability just five months after pro-Western PM Maia Sandu took office promising to fight corruption, news wires reported. She had formed an uneasy coalition with the Russian-backed Socialist party but relations broke down over a proposed reform to how the top prosecutor is appointed. The government lost the vote with 63 out of 101 lawmakers voting against it.

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    • Kiev, separatists pull back troops

      Kiev, separatists pull back troops

      Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatists have begun withdrawing from a key front-line area in eastern Ukraine. The country foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko said a planned troop withdrawal in the town of Zolote, in the eastern Luhansk region, started today, a confidence-building measure ahead of peace talks that he hopes will take place at the end of November.

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    • Thousands protest in Kiev against autonomy plan for eastern Ukraine

      Thousands protest in Kiev against autonomy plan for eastern Ukraine

      About 10,000 people gathered in central Kiev on Sunday to protest a plan for broader autonomy for separatist territories ahead of a high-stakes summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, news wires reported. The protesters, who descended on Kiev's Independence Square known locally as Maidan, chanted "No to surrender!", with some holding placards critical of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky's predecessor Petro Poroshenko, who was trounced in an April election, joined the rally.

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    • Ukraine signs deal on Donbass

      Ukraine signs deal on Donbass

      The Ukrainian government signed last Tuesday an agreement with pro-Russia separatists, Russia and European monitors that will allow a local election to be held in separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine, news wires reported. The deal was signed after the parties met in Minsk, and is seen as a major step by the new Ukrainian government under President Volodymyr Zelensky toward resolution of the conflict in the eastern part of the country.

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