Eastern Europe

Dispatch

Watching Gogol as the Grad Rockets Fly

One theater troupe's fight to bring fine art to the Donetsk People's Republic.

Lily Hyde |

Putinology

The Costs of Exile

Leaders in countries of the former USSR are increasingly driving their best and brightest into emigration. No one wins.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

In a New Ukraine, the Sun Rises in the West

Why a media baron's new political party may hold the key to the country's future.

Annabelle Chapman |

COLUMN

Vladimir Putin Hates the TTIP

Which is exactly why Europe and America need to get it done.

James Stavridis |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |

COLUMN

Putin Sends His 'Leopard' to the Battlefield of Eastern Ukraine

Sophisticated Russian weapons have been spotted near Donetsk, signaling a dangerous new phase in the conflict may be underway.

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

Statue of Memory

Bulgaria commemorates a murdered dissident -- and takes a symbolic step toward reckoning with its communist past.

Matthew Brunwasser |

Report

Hungary Is Helping Putin Keep His Chokehold on Europe's Energy

A key NATO ally is cozying up to the Russian dictator and trying to help him build a $70 billion pipeline to extend his reach into the heart of the EU.

Keith Johnson |

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Remember What They Died for on the Maidan

Yes, the fight for democratic values is hard -- especially now. But that's no reason to give up.

Srdja Popovic |

Report

Cold Comfort

Russia's central bank tries, but fails, to halt falling ruble.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Red Hot Chilly Peoples

Ukraine and Russia have settled their natural gas dispute -- for now. But that doesn't mean the wider conflict is anywhere near resolved.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Eastern Ukraine's Fake State Is About to Elect a Fake Prime Minister

The region is under constant shelling. Its borders change daily. It's not even clear what powers this new government will have. But darn it, the Donetsk People’s Republic is holding an election on Sunday.

Lily Hyde |

COLUMN

The Kremlin’s $220 Million Man

Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s deputy prime minister, is supposed to have the cleanest hands in the Kremlin. So where’d he get a quarter of a billion dollars?

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

Ukraine Wins

A successful parliamentary election opens a window of hope for an embattled country.

James Kirchick |

Report

Lithuania Cheers 'Independence'

The small Baltic nation just took a giant step to counter Russia's energy bullying.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.

Larry Diamond |

Argument

The Hunt for Black October

The Swedish Navy is desperately trying to find a Russian submarine prowling off the coast of Stockholm. What’s Vladimir Putin up to?

Erik Brattberg |

Argument

At the Back of the Class

Is the international community about to censure Hungary for giving up on its young democratic institutions?

Elizabeth Winkler |

Dispatch

The One Muslim Country That Loves America Is Developing an Extremist Problem

Kosovars are traveling to the Middle East to fight the same U.S.-led forces that once helped secure their country’s freedom.

Valerie Hopkins |

Dispatch

The Bumbling Bigots of Budapest

A would-be white nationalist conference in Hungary ends with confusion, chicken paprikash, and not much else.

Paul Brian |

Dispatch

Vlad Is Rad

Meet the hipster wing of Putin’s propaganda machine.

Alec Luhn |

Report

Ukraine Gas Boss: 'Gazprom Destroyed Its Image as a Reliable Supplier'

Foreign Policy sat down with the leaders of Ukraine's Naftogaz to talk Russia, Europe, energy, and the coming winter.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Thug Politics, Kiev

Oleh Lyashko gets into fist fights, kidnaps rebels, and supplies militias (or so he claims). Meet the radical populist who could play kingmaker in post-Maidan Ukraine.

Charles McPhedran |

Dispatch

Cluster Bombs in Potato Fields and Tripwires on the Cow Path

Cleaning up after five months of war in eastern Ukraine.

Alec Luhn |