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  • Ancient Skeletons Reveal Genetic History Of Central Europe

    10/12/2013 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Dysart · 11 replies
    In genetics, it’s not just the living who advance the field: DNA preserved in the brittle bones of our ancestors can provide significant insight into our genetic history. Such is the case with a new genetic history of Europe, traced by an international team of researchers and published today in Science. By creating a seamless genetic map from 7,500 to 3,500 years ago in one geographic region, scientists discovered that the genetic diversity of modern day Europe can’t be explained by a single migration, as previously thought, but by multiple migrations coming from a range of areas in modern day...
  • Obama worries Europe after Polish slight

    09/30/2009 12:53:26 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 9 replies · 710+ views
    Russia News Net ^ | 29 September 2009
    The American decision to back out of a Bush-administration agreement has Europe worried that Barack Obama may sacrifice Central Europe to repair relations with Russia. The Los Angeles Times has reported that the Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said last week his country would now have to look inward rather to the US for security. Barack Obama in overturning the Bush-era plan for the missile shield in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe caused memories of the Cold War to come flooding back in Poland, which was once the casualty of Russian domination. In Poland and among other members...
  • A Starbucks State of Mind (The Coffee Company is a hit in Central Europe. Everybody loves Coffee)

    05/05/2009 9:06:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 683+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/5/2009 | Anne Applebaum
    WARSAW -- After the new Starbucks opened, I walked by the place a couple of times, just to see the crowds. Strategically located midway between the university and the stock exchange, the world's best-known coffee franchise immediately attracted a well-heeled clientele. Lines twisted around inside the shop and out the door. Up and down the street, blue-jeaned students and dark-suited stockbrokers carried their white paper cups with pride, the famous green label facing outward. Yes, Starbucks has come to Warsaw at last. The brand might be out of fashion in the States; the company might be losing money. Its shares...
  • Central Europe Socialists reject U.S. missile shield

    09/14/2007 1:21:55 PM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 322+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 14.09.2007 | Jan Korselt
    Central Europe Socialists reject U.S. missile shield By Jan Korselt PRAGUE (Reuters) - Central European Social Democrat parties rejected on Thursday a U.S. plan to build part of its missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, saying it threatened to bring about a new arms race. Top Socialists from Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia said after talks in Prague that any such system must not be built unilaterally or bilaterally. "We are concerned about the decision to deploy the system and are at one with the large majority of our populations in rejecting it,"...
  • Huge Swiss tunnel opens in Alps (world's longest tunnel "on land")

    06/15/2007 10:09:00 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 1,219+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 06/15/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Switzerland has opened the world's longest rail tunnel on land - the 34-kilometre (21-mile) Loetschberg tunnel under the Alps. It will cut the journey time between Germany and Italy by at least a third.
  • Bomb threat at the Vienna International Centre (U.N.)

    02/06/2007 12:36:39 AM PST · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 544+ views
    Schnucki | Feb. 6, 2007 | Schnucki
    Sorry for the vanity, but the entrances to the Vienna International Centre (the United Nations offices in Vienna) are temporarily blocked by the police. Apparently there is some sort of bomb threat and they're investigating. Here's a webcam link of the area, which shows the traffic pretty much at a standstill around the complex.
  • Central Europe marks 50th anniversary of Hungarian revolution

    10/20/2006 11:34:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 418+ views
    ICE ^ | 20.10.2006 | Agi Varga, Kerry Skyring
    Central Europe marks 50th anniversary of Hungarian revolution 20.10.2006 - Agi Varga, Kerry Skyring This coming week will see ceremonies in Budapest and other capitals of Central Europe marking the 50th anniversary of Hungary's 1956 uprising against the Soviet Union. An uprising, which was quickly and brutally crushed but which was one of the defining moments of the Cold War and, of course, recent Hungarian history. Ninety-five year old Bela Kiraly was the commander-in-chief of the National Guard in Budapest in 1956. After the revolution's bloody end, he lived in exile in the United States returning only to his homeland...
  • Warsaw to erect statue to Reagan

    09/21/2006 6:08:41 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 617+ views
    BBC ^ | September 21, 2006
    Polish admirers of Ronald Reagan say they will erect a statue of the late US president in Warsaw to thank him for helping to end communist rule. They say the 3.5-metre (10.5ft) stone and bronze statue will stand opposite the US embassy in the Polish capital. "The statue is a way for his legacy to live on," said Janusz Dorosiewicz, a businessman behind the private project. In 1989, Poland became the first nation in Eastern Europe to defeat communism. Reagan died in 2004 at the age of 93. "This is an entirely private initiative undertaken by Poles in Poland,...
  • Forum: Postcommunist Central Europe at 17

    07/09/2006 1:22:21 PM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 322+ views
    The Washington times ^ | July 2, 2006 | EWA THOMPSON
    Forum: Postcommunist Central Europe at 17 July 2, 2006 While terrorism and Iraq compete for Page One news, the transformation of postcommunist Central Europe into America's ally is proceeding apace. Poland, the largest of the eight postcommunist countries admitted to the European Union in 2004, supplied 2,500 troops for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq (now reduced to 900), and sent 124 soldiers to Afghanistan. In 1989-91, Central Europe got rid of the Soviet military presence. Poland was the leader in holding semi-free elections in June 1989, Hungary and Czechoslovakia followed. The Berlin Wall fell in November. A June 2006 visit...
  • Hungary's Socialists achieve historic election win

    04/23/2006 1:43:32 PM PDT · by Lukasz · 11 replies · 395+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 23, 2006 | David Chance
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's Socialist-led coalition won a general election on Sunday with an increased majority in parliament to become the country's first government to retain power since communism fell in 1989. With 98 percent of the vote counted in the second round of polling, the election commission projected the Socialist Party and its Free Democrat allies would increase their majority from 198 to 210 seats in the 386-member parliament. It was a personal triumph for 44-year-old Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, who rescued the Socialists from what looked certain defeat when he became premier in 2004, and provides him with...
  • Central Europe's peculiar Easter tradition (pictures)

    04/15/2006 8:55:41 AM PDT · by lizol · 36 replies · 1,979+ views
    ICE ^ | 14.4.2006 | Katarina Richterova
    Central Europe's peculiar Easter tradition 14.4.2006 - Katarina Richterova In much of Central Europe there's an Easter Monday tradition which can surprise and shock outsiders. Men go from house to house symbolically beating women with a whip made from a few twigs of willow. In some countries, they also pour water or perfume on them. It's supposed to bring women good health throughout the year and women are expected to thank the men with an Easter egg, some food, drink, or a coin. Sounds strange? Katarina Richterova has more on this common custom in Central Europe's Catholic countries: It probably...
  • The Visegrad Group - Polish Geopolitical Axis

    02/27/2006 10:55:12 AM PST · by lizol · 2 replies · 201+ views
    AIA ^ | 27.02.2006 | Simon Araloff
    The Visegrad Group - Polish Geopolitical Axis Simon Araloff, AIA European section Fifteen years ago the "Visegrad Group" (or V4) association was perceived by its founders to be a completely natural necessity for that period. It was a natural reaction to the political and economic vacuum formed in the central part of Europe after the collapse of the Council of Economic Mutual Assistance and the Warsaw Treaty Organization. Also it was a completely necessary tool for a dialogue with NATO and the EU. The Soviet giant collapsed on the east, Germany was uniting in the West. And Berlin with Moscow...
  • Geopolitical Diary: Poland's Kaczynski Visits Washington (perspectives of US-Polish alliance)

    02/09/2006 3:33:15 PM PST · by lizol · 15 replies · 320+ views
    Stratfor ^ | February 09, 2006
    Geopolitical Diary: Poland's Kaczynski Visits Washington February 09, 2006 08 00 GMT Polish President Lech Kaczynski traveled to Washington on Wednesday, where he met briefly with President George W. Bush late in the day and was expected to meet separately with other key advisers. Kaczynski's first official visit to the White House was brief and drew little media attention, but from Warsaw's perspective it comes at a key moment for the region. Poland's historical alliance with the United States remains strong, but the changing dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe have generated worries in Warsaw and prompted the recently elected...
  • Poland is the cheapest country in the region after Ukraine according to research.

    02/09/2006 11:10:55 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 263+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 9th February 2006
    Poland is the cheapest country in the region after Ukraine according to research From Poland A.M. According to research carried out by financial group ING, Poland is the cheapest country, after Ukraine, in our region. The research was conducted by examining the prices of a basket of goods in different cities across the whole world. In the third quarter of last year, prices in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were more or less equal. " Now, the situation has changed. The zloty has remained in the background in terms of appreciation in relation to other currencies in the...
  • Poland to become the stronghold of US-led policies in Europe

    02/09/2006 10:00:04 AM PST · by lizol · 30 replies · 620+ views
    Pravda ^ | 09.02.2006 | Oleg Artyukov
    Poland to become the stronghold of US-led policies in Europe 09.02.2006 Source: Has the USA simply found a supporter in Europe or has Poland lost its notorious pride? This week Polish President Lech Kaczynski makes his first official visit to the United States as a head of state. He gave an interview to journalists last Friday and from this it is possible to deduce that Poland aspires to the role of being America’s main ally in Europe. Furthermore, Lech Kaczynski has given his transatlantic ally a "present" by promising that he wouldl leave a contingent of Polish troops in Iraq...
  • EU states urged to open up to eastern labour

    02/07/2006 8:05:26 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 366+ views
    Today Online ^ | 5-Feb-2006
    EU states urged to open up to eastern labour The European Commission will urge 12 European states on Wednesday to finally open their borders to workers from the bloc's ex-communist newcomer states as a way of boosting their economies. . In the first of three reports on the transitional phase since the European Union's "big bang" enlargement of May 2004, the EU's executive arm says that fears of an invasion by cheap "Polish plumbers" were unfounded. . "In spite of fears expressed on the occasion of the successive enlargements, free movement of workers has not led to disruption of national...
  • US rates, strong economies boost European currencies

    01/08/2006 8:32:46 AM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 188+ views
    Business Report ^ | January 8, 2006
    US rates, strong economies boost European currencies January 8, 2006 Warsaw - Central European currencies have reached levels close to all-time records against the euro in recent days, boosted by strong economic performance and a rush by international investors to the region. "After the holiday period, investors have descended in droves on the markets of the emerging countries," Katrzyna Zajdel-Kurowska, an economist from CitiBank Handlowy in Warsaw, told AFP. On Thursday morning, the Polish zloty was trading at just under 3.80 to the euro, its strongest rate since 2002. By Friday, the zloty had eased off slightly and stood at...
  • Central Europe seeks less reliance on Russian gas

    01/04/2006 7:36:17 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 280+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday January 4
    Central Europe seeks less reliance on Russian gas WARSAW (Reuters) - Five central European EU states agreed on Tuesday to act together on energy issues but stopped short of calls to diversify gas supplies away from dominant supplier Russia. Supplies of Russian gas flowing via Ukraine to the region fell sharply this week following Moscow's decision to halt deliveries to Ukraine due to a row over gas prices with Kiev. Deliveries returned to normal on Tuesday before officials from Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and rotating EU president Austria discussed energy security amidst increasing calls to find other sources of...
  • Central Europe stung by Russia gas gambit, eyes EU help.

    01/02/2006 2:28:22 PM PST · by lizol · 2 replies · 328+ views
    The Star Online ^ | January 2, 2006 | Wojciech Moskwa
    Central Europe stung by Russia gas gambit, eyes EU help By Wojciech Moskwa WARSAW (Reuters) - Russia's gas dispute with Ukraine exposes the vulnerability of new EU members in central Europe to their former overlord and will test the region's ability to get support from the European Union. Moscow's decision to halt gas supplies to Ukraine on Sunday after Kiev rejected Moscow's demand for a fourfold price rise fed into sentiment felt across much of the region that Russia uses its near monopoly in energy supplies for political ends. Pipelines taking Russian gas to Europe cross Ukraine, and the cut...
  • Central Europe's new export: Style

    12/03/2005 5:28:55 PM PST · by voletti · 7 replies · 411+ views
    Business Week ^ | 12/3/05 | Business Week
    Forget stoic, sexless Soviet-era shoes, furniture, and cars. From Latvia and Estonia to the Czech Republic and Poland, design is taking off in Central Europe. Thanks to trade links with the European Union and motivated by ever-cheaper competition from China, the region is embracing creativity as its ticket to moving up the global economic food chain. According to the Bureau of European Design Assns., Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic alone have 8,700 professional designers, compared with barely a handful only 15 years ago. As finalists in a design competition go, you don't get more varied than the snazzy Apple...
  • Rise Of A Powerhouse ~ How the young knowledge workers of Central Europe are pushing .....

    12/02/2005 1:49:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies · 1,155+ views
    BusinessWeek ^ | DECEMBER 12, 2005 | staff
    Slide Show >> They came from around the world, young men with handles like SnapDragon and Bladerunner attacking computing problems so complex that even experienced coders could only stare at the screen in bewilderment. Only one mastered the final algorithm problem: Eryk Kopczynski, a.k.a. Eryx, a reticent Warsaw University student who wears his long hair in a ponytail and says his life's ambition is to "discover some interesting notion." Kopczynski's triumph in this year's TopCoder Open, sponsored by Sun Microsystems, was no fluke. He was following in the footsteps of a slew of computing geniuses to emerge from the...
  • Questions remain over Yalta's legacy

    09/04/2005 10:52:51 AM PDT · by lizol · 10 replies · 468+ views
    BBC News ^ | 4 September 2005 | Gavin Esler
    Questions remain over Yalta's legacy By Gavin Esler Presenter, Six Places That Changed The World When did World War II end? The question is deceptively simple. If you are British, American, German, Japanese, French or Italian, then you undoubtedly would answer, without hesitation, in 1945. But if you happen to be Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian, then you would answer as Mart Laar, twice a prime minister of Estonia does: "It ended only when the last Russian soldier left my country." That puts the end of World War II as 1994. In a series of programmes based on places that have...
  • VE Day - why Poles have little to celebrate

    05/03/2005 10:48:07 AM PDT · by lizol · 40 replies · 807+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | 3 May 2005 | Hélène Michaud
    VE Day - why Poles have little to celebrate by Hélène Michaud, 3 May 2005 While the rest of Europe will be celebrating VE day with pomp and circumstance on 9 May, it will be a rather different story in Poland, where people have mixed feelings when it comes to the commemoration of the end of World War II. For the Poles, Victory in Europe 60 years ago not only meant victory over Nazi occupation, but also the start of half a century under the Soviet umbrella. Poles feel their suffering during this painful chapter in recent history should be...
  • Charismatic Tymoshenko Says She Will Be Ukraine PM

    01/15/2005 7:35:23 AM PST · by lizol · 34 replies · 805+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 15, 2005 | Ron Popeski
    Charismatic Tymoshenko Says She Will Be Ukraine PM 1 hour, 16 minutes ago World - Reuters By Ron Popeski KIEV (Reuters) - Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who roused vast crowds during protests against election fraud, said on Saturday she believed she would be named prime minister once Viktor Yushchenko is finally inaugurated as president. Yushchenko, winner of last month's re-run of November's rigged presidential election, must weather a last legal challenge from loser Viktor Yanukovich before taking office. The Supreme Court is to examine Yanukovich's case on Monday, but the ex-premier said he has little chance of overturning the result....
  • Powell kicks off whirlwind tour

    07/27/2004 9:17:34 AM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 167+ views
    BBC News ^ | 27 July, 2004 | Jill McGivering
    Powell kicks off whirlwind tour By Jill McGivering BBC correspondent in Budapest US Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Budapest to start a week-long visit to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. His first stop in Hungary and the last in Poland are seen partly as thank you gestures from the US towards the allies still contributing troops in Iraq. Visits to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are due to focus on building regional support for Iraq's interim government. In Egypt, talks are expected to centre on the progress of the Middle East peace process and Sudan's crisis. Mr Powell...
  • Just War

    11/22/2003 5:56:04 AM PST · by samvak · 5 replies · 1,180+ views
    In an age of terrorism, guerilla and total warfare the medieval doctrine of Just War needs to be re-defined. Moreover, issues of legitimacy, efficacy and morality should not be confused. Legitimacy is conferred by institutions. Not all morally justified wars are, therefore, automatically legitimate. Frequently the efficient execution of a battle plan involves immoral or even illegal acts.As international law evolves beyond the ancient percepts of sovereignty, it should incorporate new thinking about pre-emptive strikes, human rights violations as casus belli and the role and standing of international organizations, insurgents and liberation movements.Yet, inevitably, what constitutes "justice" depends heavily on...
  • Russia's Second Empire

    11/22/2003 5:25:34 AM PST · by samvak · 7 replies · 414+ views
    History teaches us little except how little we can learn from it. Still, there is nothing new under the sun. Thus, drawing too many parallels between the environmentalist movements of the late 19th century and their counterparts in the second half of the twentieth century - would probably prove misleading. Similarly, every fin de siecle has its Fukuyama, proclaiming the end of history and the victory of liberalism and capitalism.Liberal parliamentarianism (coupled with unbridled individualistic capitalism) seemed to irreversibly dominate the political landscape by 1890 - when it was suddenly and surprisingly toppled by the confluence of revolutionary authoritarian nationalism...
  • Chirac sparks 'New Europe' ire [Chiraq alert!]

    02/20/2003 7:01:11 AM PST · by William McKinley · 31 replies · 262+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2/20/03 | Various
    French President Jacques Chirac's criticism of the East European EU applicants' support for the US stance on Iraq has generated a wide debate and angry reaction in the press in those countries. The following are quotes from newspapers from across the region. The Czech Republic The French president is without doubt walking on thin ice when he tries to base European foreign policy on the principle of anti-Americanism. His theory does not even have the support of the majority of EU member states. Hospodarske Noviny All Central European nations are used to the interpretations that some countries have more rights...