On the evening of 26 August Vladimir Kovacevic, a journalist, was attacked in Banja Luka, the administrative centre of the Republika Srpska, by two men armed with metal bars. The attack took place twenty minutes after Kovacevic, from the Independent BN TV based in Bijeljina in eastern Bosnia, had left a protest rally which was … Continue reading Bosnia: Attack on Journalist Causes Anger at Dodik As Elections Approach
On 23 August Bratislav Zivkovic, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Cetnik Movement, was arrested by the police in the southern town of Krusevac on suspicion of taking part in the war in Ukraine. Zivkovic’s detention highlights the wider controversy over the role of pro-Russian Serbian volunteers in the Ukrainian conflict. A Chetnik’s Progress: Bratislav … Continue reading Serbia: Arrest of Paramilitary Leader Highlights Issue of Pro-Russian Volunteers
After the 10 August anti-corruption demonstration in Bucharest in which 452 people were injured by riot police the Social Democrat led government has, in the face of domestic criticism and international scrutiny, been seeking to establish its own version of events. These diversionary tactics will, however, do nothing to resolve the mounting problems faced by … Continue reading Romania: Social Democrat Government Seeks to Change the Narrative As Pressure Mounts After Protests
On 10 August hundreds were injured in Bucharest when the authorities used violence against an anti-government protest. This move may, however, rebound on the leftist government as it produces a strengthened opposition, and an on-going anti-corruption protest movement. Violence on Victory Square: On 10 August the protestors had begun to gather on Victory Square in … Continue reading Romania: Protests Continue After Leftist Government Uses Violence Against Opposition Demonstration
On 7 July 15,000 people gathered in the central square in Banja Luka to protest over the death in suspicious circumstances of David Dragicevic, a twenty one year IT student. It was the 104th such daily demonstration to be held since David Dragicevic’s death three months previously. There is no sign of slackening support for … Continue reading Bosnia: Pressure Mounts Over David Dragicevic Case in Run-Up to Elections
With the Swedish general election taking place on 9 September opinion polls show the populist, anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats gaining ground. Polling undertaken in June put the Sweden Democrats leading the field ahead of both the centre-left Social Democrats and the centre-right Moderate Party. The Sweden Democrats rating in recent polls has ranged between 20-26%. The … Continue reading Sweden: Polling Shows Populist Surge As Election Approaches
The victory by Andrei Nastase, the centre-right opposition candidate, in the recent elections for Mayor of Chisinau was invalidated by a court decision on 19 June. His appeal against this ruling was rejected two days later. The opposition parties, who supported Nastase’s candidacy, have announced that they will hold daily rallies to protest against this decision. The stage is now set for a major trial of strength between the government, which controls the state institutions, and the opposition who are determined to defend their election victory.