Tuesday 1 June 2004
May 06, 2004
Romania/Moldova: O-Zone Breathes Fresh Air Into European Pop Music Scene
The Romanian-Moldovan pop band O-Zone has stormed to the top of the charts in several Western countries, following in the footsteps of other Eastern European musical sensations like the Russian "lesbian" band tATu or the Romanian duo Cheeky Girls. O-Zone has now set their sights on Britain, Europe's top musical market.
April 22, 2004
Iraq: Poland's Hesitation Raising New Doubts About Cohesion Of Coalition
Poland appears to be expressing doubts about its commitment to keeping troops in Iraq. This comes after decisions by Spain, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic to withdraw their forces. Other states have shown varying degrees of commitment to their Iraq obligations. How strong is the U.S.-led "coalition of the willing"?
March 09, 2004
NATO: Secretary-General Discusses Afghanistan, Greater Middle East, And Alliance's Expansion
In an interview with RFE/RL yesterday, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer reaffirmed the alliance's long-term commitment to Afghanistan. However, he distanced NATO from involvement in the country's most acute problem, the rampant drug trade. De Hoop Scheffer also voiced qualified support for the U.S. Greater Middle East initiative, and spoke on NATO-Russia relations in light of the alliance's impending expansion.
March 02, 2004
Russia: Moscow Not Abiding By Agreement To Withdraw Troops
One of the most important tools in cutting back the arsenals and armies of the Cold War is the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). Signed in 1990, the CFE sets limits on the weapons and military personnel a country can deploy. But one signatory, Russia, has failed to comply with the treaty regarding its own troop deployments in Moldova and Georgia. RFE/RL reports that Moscow's intransigence could wreak havoc with Europe's emerging geopolitical scene.
January 26, 2004
Russia: Powell In Moscow For What Some See As Frank Talks
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Moscow today for talks with top Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin. The visit comes at a time of some strain in the countries' bilateral relationship over disagreements in Iraq and other issues. In comments after the talks, both Putin and Powell affirmed that relations remain strong. RFE/RL Moscow correspondent Sophie Lambroschini looks at what tensions might lie below the surface.
January 21, 2004
Russia: Relations Cooling With Other OSCE States
Diplomats at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe say relations have cooled between Russia and several other member states because of differences over how to resolve several international problems. RFE/RL correspondent Roland Eggleston reports from the OSCE's headquarters in Vienna.