LUNCAVITA, Romania (AP) — In 2014, the Romanian village of Luncavita had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country for the European Parliament election — all of 19.3%.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and sought to...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian soldier has been killed at a military base in Latvia during training exercises for a NATO mission in eastern Europe, the country's military said...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death eight years ago in Eastern Europe to collect a $2 million life insurance policy has pleaded guilty.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped...
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Defense ministers from Central and Eastern Europe celebrated Friday the anniversaries of their countries' membership of NATO, but fully mindful of Russia's heightened...
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The pro-Western president of Montenegro, who has defied Russia to steer his small country into NATO, has warned that the integration of the Western Balkans into the...
Young England, reeling Germany ready for Euro qualifiers
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After a terrible 2018, Joachim Loew's new-look squad is aiming for revenge...
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have begun arriving in Germany in the first test of a rapid deployment strategy meant to bolster NATO's presence in eastern Europe in the event of Russian...
2 Russian cross-country skiers banned for doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for doping, the latest blow to a sport already struggling with a drug problem.
MOSCOW (AP) — Venezuela's vice president is visiting Russia, voicing hope for stronger ties with Moscow amid the U.S. pressure.
Delcy Rodriguez said after Friday's talks with Russian Foreign...
Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem...
Israeli leaders’ Nazi comments derail European summit
JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."
The abrupt cancellation marked a new low in a bitter and long-running conflict between Poland and Israel over how to characterize Polish actions toward its Jewish community during World War II.
Israeli leaders’ Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel.
US Vice President Mike Pence makes his first Auschwitz visit
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the evil that befell Europe in the last century.
Pompeo warns against Chinese, Russian influence
Pompeo warns Eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence.
Speaking on a five-nation tour of Europe, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats to the democratic and free-market gains made since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
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Poland to pay $414M for US-made rocket launching system
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense minister says the country is signing a $414 million deal with the U.S. government for the purchase of mobile artillery rocket systems.
Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the 20 HIMARS missile launchers and related technology covered by the agreement would significantly increase the combat capability of Poland's armed forces.
Israel’s UN envoy: European allies must fight anti-Semitism
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that the country appreciates the support of its newfound allies in eastern Europe but expects "stronger actions" from them when it comes to their stance against anti-Semitism.
Danny Danon said the former communist nations have played a key role in blocking anti-Israel measures in the European Union and other international forums. But he said they had to improve their approach toward Jews.
Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust.
Law firm tied to Manafort reaches $4.6 million settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) — A law firm tied to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Ukrainian consulting work has agreed to pay more than $4.6 million and publicly acknowledge that it failed to report its work for a foreign government, the Justice Department said Thursday.
Vladimir Putin gets lavish welcome on visit to ally Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vladimir Putin received a hero's welcome in ally Serbia on Thursday as the Russian president attempted to maintain political and economic influence in the Balkans, which is increasingly looking Westward.
Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts
LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S.
The social media company said its latest effort to fight misinformation came after it found two networks "that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" on Facebook and its Instagram service.
Slain mayor led Polish city known for openness, Solidarity
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's port city of Gdansk, where the longtime mayor died Monday after being stabbed at a fundraiser, served as the setting for key events in 20th century European history, from the early shots of World War II to the Cold War's final days.
The movement that played a pivotal role in the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe was born in the local shipyard, an event Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and others recalled when they called Gdansk a city of "freedom and Solidarity."
Immigrant miner massacre holds lessons, archaeologist says
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — By digging into facts about a massacre of immigrant coal miners more than a century ago in Lattimer, archaeologist Paul Shackel uncovered a perspective on immigration in the Hazleton area today.
Shackel and his students from the University of Maryland, where he is an anthropology professor, have spent the last eight summers on archaeological digs in Lattimer and the villages of Pardeesville and Eckley.
Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says
BRUSSELS (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister said Monday the country feels betrayed by the European Union, which it is aspiring to join one day, because of the bloc's delays on enacting visa-free travel for its citizens.
Ramush Haradinaj's comments came in a speech he made in Brussels at a meeting with senior EU officials.
Kosovo's citizens "feel betrayed and disillusioned with the EU," he said. "Time is not our friend. We should see concrete progress."
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Slovenia prosecutors charge right-wing militia leader
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Prosecutors in Slovenia have filed charges against a right-wing politician who was shown leading a paramilitary group in a video circulating on social media.
The video from September of several dozen men in military-style outfits triggered widespread condemnation in the predominantly moderate European Union nation.
Court: Man put clothes, ID on stand-in corpse in $2M scheme
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order.
Igor Vorotinov, 54, also planted his identification on the body before placing the corpse along a road in the Eastern European country, a U.S. judge said in rejecting Vorotinov's request to be freed pending trial.
US says Europe needs diversity from Russian energy supplies
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies to cut its dependency on Russia, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday.
Perry, on a visit to Hungary, said that Russia needs to be prevented from using "energy as a coercive weapon," like when it sometimes temporarily cuts winter gas supplies affecting mostly eastern Europe.
Red Star beats Liverpool 2-0 in big Champions League shock
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Red Star Belgrade produced one of the biggest upsets of this season's Champions League by beating Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday, reviving memories of its time as one of Europe's top soccer teams.
Poland, US firm sign long-term gas imports deal
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main gas company says it has signed a long-term contract for the purchase of some 40 million tons of liquefied natural gas from a U.S.-based producer in the first such deal in Central and Eastern Europe.
Piotr Wozniak, the president of Poland's PGNiG, said Wednesday the deal would help cut the country's dependence on Russian gas imports.
China wants to further boost ties in Central, East Europe
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An official says China wants to further boost cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe where it is already financing infrastructure and other projects as part of a wider bid to increase global influence.
Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng spoke Tuesday at a meeting with officials from 16 countries from the region that focused on transport links.
Sonia Orbuch, who fought Nazis as a girl, dies in California
CORTE MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Sonia Orbuch, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager in eastern Europe by joining a resistance group that was sabotaging the Nazis, has died in Northern California, a newspaper reported. She was 93.
Connecticut National Guard to welcome 70 of its members home
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — About 70 members of the Connecticut National Guard are being welcomed home from a deployment to Poland.
The Connecticut National Guard says that the Waterbury-based Guard's 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is returning Friday after spending nearly a year overseas.
US: Europe should cut dependence on Russia gas
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Europe should lessen its dependence on Russian gas and diversify energy sources, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday at a summit to improve ties between eastern Europe and the U.S. and the European Union.
Perry asserted that Europe's dependence on Russian gas has increased from 30 percent to 40 percent in recent years, calling it "a cause for concern."
US, EU and China vie for influence in Eastern Europe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday reaffirmed Washington's support for a business summit that aims to boost connectivity in Eastern Europe and improve ties between the region and the U.S. and European Union.
Romania top court approves referendum on marriage definition
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top court has given a green light to a referendum that could change the constitution to explicitly state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
The Constitutional Court decided Monday in a 7-2 vote that there is no legal impediment for the Oct. 7 referendum.
US energy chief: sanctions possible on new Russia pipeline
MOSCOW (AP) — The United States could impose sanctions on a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday during a visit to Moscow.
Asked whether sanctions on the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline are possible and if further energy-related sanctions are planned, Perry said: "Yes to your first question and yes to your second."
Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian official said Monday that the U.S. needs to have a strong presence in Eastern Europe before a summit on boosting development in the region.
Romania's presidency hosts the 12-member Three Seas Initiative on Sept. 17-18 where officials will discuss about 40 regional government-approved projects that aim to boost interconnectivity in transportation, energy and the digital fields.
Life with an eastern European expat clown in Kentucky
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Editor's note — The publication three weeks ago of a vintage photo in The Daily Independent stirred fond memories in a Catlettsburg woman whose life changed when she met a Russian expatriate whose business was laughter. This is her story.
The trim doublewide at the bend of a road in rural Boyd County is about as far from the Big Top as can be imagined.
But here, in the home of Hazel Polakovs, resides the memory of one of the circus world's most famed funnymen, Coco the Clown.
Germany slams Romania over Hitler moustache posting
BERLIN (AP) — A German lawmaker has accused representatives of Romania's governing party of engaging in "a campaign of defamation" against the country's German minority.
Bernd Fabritius, who was born in Romania, said in a statement late Wednesday that the smears had recently reached "a new peak," citing a Facebook post by Romania's former finance minister, Darius Valcov, which showed the country's ethnic German president, Klaus Iohannis, with a Hitler-style moustache.
Romanian or Russian? A geopolitical issue in Moldova
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Japan's ambassador to Moldova is fluent in the country's official language: Romanian. But in a geopolitical twist, the mayor of the eastern European nation's second-largest city is a Russian speaker who needed a translator when he met the diplomat last month.
New US ambassador introduces herself to Poles in video clip
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The next U.S. Ambassador to Poland has introduced herself to the Polish people in a video clip.
Georgette Mosbacher, a 71-year-old entrepreneur and Republican donor was tapped by President Donald Trump to serve in the nation of 38 million people in Central Europe, a NATO ally hosting U.S. troops.
Merkel and Putin to hold talks on new Baltic pipeline, Syria
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's office says she plans weekend talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on issues including the development of a contentious Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday the two leaders will meet Saturday at the German government's guest house outside Berlin.
Officials: 3 Arrested in Global Hacking Scheme
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Radio Free Europe said Thursday that it will resume news services in Romania and Bulgaria in a bid to debunk fake news and combat poor-quality journalism.
The U.S. Congress-funded station will return to the two southeastern European countries, both European Union and NATO members, starting in December.
Top German court rejects bid to block gas pipeline
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has rejected a bid by an environmentalist group to block construction of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
The Nord Stream 2 project will add to an existing direct Russian-German pipeline, increasing the amount of natural gas Russia can send to central Europe skirting transit countries to Germany's east. Several eastern European countries object to the plan, which the United States also opposes.