Recognizing Palestine: Estonia’s Iceland Moment

By Oliver Loode

Estonia will mark the 20th anniversary of the restoration of its independence in August of this year. It will be a major milestone in a remarkable year – one that brought the European Capital of Culture to Tallinn and the euro to Estonia. It will also be an occasion for numerous speeches and newspaper articles on how our independence was won back, whether this is “the Estonia that we wanted,” and what it means for Estonia to be an independent country in a globalized world. READ MORE

The Libyan War of 2011

By George Friedman

The Libyan war has now begun. It pits a coalition of European powers plus the United States, a handful of Arab states and rebels in Libya against the Libyan government. The long-term goal, unspoken but well understood, is regime change — displacing the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and replacing it with a new regime built around the rebels. READ MORE

Secretary general says NATO unprepared for Libya crisis

By Remi Adekoya

Alliance has "no plans to act," but is preparing for eventualities. READ MORE

Grybauskaite: Assistance of Sweden Is Highly Important for Lithuania

The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt during which she underlined that Sweden is one of the main economic partners of Lithuania and the second biggest foreign investor in the country. READ MORE

Sinan Ogan on visit of Recep Tayiip Erdogan in Moscow

By Eugene Krishtalyov

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayiip Erdogan arrives in Moscow on March 15 on an official visit-This event is to become historic, because the visit will coincide with the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the renewed Russia and Turkey after WWI. The director of the Turkish Centre for International Relations and Strategic Analysis, Sinan Ogan, told the VK correspondent about the visit and its context. READ MORE

Biden urges democratic reforms on visit to Moldova

By Corneliu Rusnac

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Moldova to fight corruption and implement pro-Western democratic reforms, saying Friday that Washington would offer support to Europe's poorest country as it seeks to move closer to the EU. READ MORE

Who Attempts to Impede Pre-Term Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan?

Counselor of the President of Kazakhstan Yermukhamet Yertysbayev during a conversation with a reporter of the newspaper “Express K” placed all emphasizes within the subject of the oncoming pre-term elections.  READ MORE

After Cuts, Voters Back Ruling Bloc in Estonia

By Ellen Barry

Early results in Estonia’s parliamentary election on Sunday showed the ruling coalition headed for a victory, in a remarkable show of support for a government that has imposed harsh austerity measures to lift the country out of recession. READ MORE

Back to Europe

By Martin Stier

The main and dominating feature of modern policy of Central and South-East European states during last 20 years has been about the intention to “return to Europe”. Exactly with this return not only politicians but also most of population of region’s country related main hopes for better life and assurance of democratic foundations of society. READ MORE

Results of the local government elections in Lithuania as a test of the mood before parliamentary elections

By Joanna Hyndle

According to preliminary results, most votes in the local elections of 27th February were won by the opposition social democrats – 21.4%. The left for the past three years have been criticising the policy of governing the conservatives/Christian democrats and of the extremely unpopular prime minister and the party leader Andrius Kubilius.  Victory for the left, however, is not overwhelming. READ MORE