1. Germany Concerned About Russia’s Growing Balkan Influence

    German diplomats worry Russia is levering its influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia.

    Germany fears Russia intends to block further European Union expansion into the Balkans, according to a confidential Foreign Ministry analysis seen by weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine reports that German diplomats worry Russia is levering its influence in…
  1. Ukraine Coalition Seeks NATO Membership, Economic Reforms

    Five pro-Western parties form a coalition in Ukraine to pursue economic reforms and NATO membership.

    Five pro-Western parties in Ukraine announced on Friday they would form a ruling coalition, a month after parliamentary elections prompted renewed fighting in the southeastern Donbas region where Russia supports…
  1. Iraq, Turkey Bury Hatchet in Face of Islamic State

    Threatened by Islamist militants, Iraq and Turkey say they will improve intelligence and security cooperation.

    Iraq and Turkey said on Thursday they would improve intelligence and security cooperation in order to battle the Islamist militant group that calls itself the Islamic State. The announcement marks a turnaround in relations between…
  1. Swedish Nationalists Could Force Snap Elections

    If the Sweden Democrats vote down his budget, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven may be forced to call an election.

    The nationalist Sweden Democrats are considering voting down a budget bill next month which could force Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to call snap elections. Svenska Dagbladet reported on Wednesday that the anti-immigration party, which got almost 13 percent support in September's parliamentary election,…
  1. Abkhaz Leaders Wary of Russian Integration Proposal

    Russia’s vassal in the South Caucasus is not quite willing to give up sovereignty to it.

    A Russian proposal to deepen security cooperation with the breakaway Georgian territory of Abkhazia is meeting resistance not just from Tbilisi but the region itself. While the separatist enclave on the Black Sea coast has few allies besides Russia, it is…
  1. Houthis Endorse Government as South Yemen Prepares to Secede

    Having subdued one insurgency in the north, Yemen is confronted with the possibility of secession in the south.

    Shiite Houthis from the north of Yemen endorsed a new government last week after months of fighting but separatists in the former South Yemen remain determined to break away from the country. According to a report in the Yemen Times, the Southern Movement…
  1. Japan’s Abe Calls Snap Elections as Reforms Stall

    Japan’s prime minister seeks a fresh mandate for an economic reform agenda that has so far disappointed.

    Japan's prime minister, Shinzō Abe, called a snap election for the lower house of parliament on Tuesday to seek a fresh mandate for his stalled economic reforms. The announcement came a day after data showed the…
  1. Russia Overestimates American Strategic Ingenuity

    The Russians never fail to attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity.

    In an interview with the state newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta that was translated by Russia Insider, former spy chief Nikolai Patrushev, who is now President Vladimir Putin's top security advisor, blames…
  1. Algerian President Hospitalized as Strike Points to Power Struggle

    Abdelaziz Bouteflika is released from a French hospital as cracks appear in his country’s secretive regime.

    Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was released from a French hospital on Sunday after a two-day stay, according to the BBC, at a time of rising unrest in his North African country. Earlier, the Reuters news agency and a local French newspaper reported that Bouteflika was…