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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) talks to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the beginning of the second day of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on May 22.

EU Summit Hangs On Wording

The European Union's Eastern Partnership summit in Riga enters its second and final day on May 22 with the biggest issues likely to be the wording of the summit's final declaration and prospects for eventual visa liberalization for Ukraine and Georgia. More

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian meet in Riga on 21 May.

EU Partnership Summit Gathers

The European Union on May 21 reassured its six Eastern European partners that the 28-nation bloc "is as committed as ever" to building closer reations with them. More

EU Leaders Gather For Riga Summit

European Union leaders are gathering in the Latvian capital, Riga, on May 21 for a summit with their counterparts from six eastern countries. More

Russian Tensions Over EU Summit

European Union leaders are set to meet with their counterparts from six eastern countries in Riga on May 21 and 22, amid concern that the meeting could further inflame tensions with Russia. More

Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine 'Have Right To European Dream'

European Council President Donald Tusk says Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine have the right to aspire to EU membership but he will not deliver an “empty promise” about the prospects of such integration. More

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Fashion Statement: Lukashenka's Top Cop Wears NKVD Garb At Parade

The Belarusian interior minister surprised many when he recently appeared decked out in the uniform of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's secret police, or NKVD. What's he trying to tell us? More

Audio Podcast: The Lukashenka Shuffle

Alyaksandr Lukashenka's little dance between Russia and the West has suddenly become more consequential. More
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Features & Commentary

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.

Ukraine Crisis Opens Up Wiggle Room For Lukashenka

The Belarusian president first criticized those in Moscow who view his country as "a northwestern province" of Russia, then did an about-face by flatly declaring that "we have been and always will be with Russia." The war in Ukraine has put a sharp new spin on the dizzying relations between Minsk and Moscow.

'Social Parasite' Fights Back In Belarus

A new law fining unemployed people has sparked dismay in Belarus. Critics say the legislation, designed to combat "social parasitism," violates the constitution and will hit people already made vulnerable by the economic crisis.
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