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Nauru and Abkhazia: One is a destitute microstate marooned in the South Pacific, the other is a disputed former Soviet Republic 13,000km away, so why are they so keen to be friends?
Tuesday 14 February 2012
Russia wants the world to recognise a breakaway state, but it needs other nations (big or small) to lend support. Where in the world could it find allies?
Saturday 11 February 2012
Hundreds of miles of Europe's busiest waterway are frozen solid – and from Bavaria to Bulgaria, the continent's economy is seizing up too. Tony Paterson reports from Berlin
Friday 03 February 2012
With record snowfalls, icy winds, and thousands of people trapped in remote villages, much of Central and Eastern Europe is in the grip of a cold snap that has caused more than 100 deaths. Temperatures in parts of Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are hovering around -30C (-22F).
Wednesday 28 December 2011
Turkey has given it the go-ahead for the construction of a gas pipeline under the Black Sea, Russia's energy giant Gazprom said.
Wednesday 14 December 2011
From Siberia and the Middle East to China, Rory Smith follows the trail of vast fortunes
Saturday 22 October 2011
Wednesday 31 August 2011
BP was left out in the cold yesterday after its US rival ExxonMobil struck an agreement to explore Russia's oil-rich Arctic continental shelf with Rosneft, moving in just months after the collapse of a similar pact between the state energy giant and the UK group.
Saturday 18 June 2011
Tuesday 14 June 2011
Paddy Leigh Fermor (obituary, 11 June) was a man of many dimensions, writes Patrick Reade. He had an unquenchable curiosity about people and culture; when he met remote groups, be they Saxons in Transylvania, Vlachs in northern Greece or gypsies in Hungary, he would not just learn their language and song but remember it for the rest of his life. At Paddy's last birthday party in London, William Blacker quoted two lines of a Romanian ballad in a speech about him; at the age of 96 Paddy sang the song in its entirety. There seemed no occasion at which he could not enliven the party by an adroit performance, or reminisce in half a dozen European languages.
Friday 27 May 2011
The private plane of Todor Zhivkov, the late Bulgarian communist ruler, was submerged in the Black Sea waters near the city of Varna this week to attract scuba divers and tourists to the sunny coasts of north-eastern Bulgaria.
Monday 03 January 2011
An isolated community near the Black Sea coast in a remote part of north-eastern Turkey has been found to speak a Greek dialect that is remarkably close to the extinct language of ancient Greece.
Monday 03 January 2011
It is a taunt that anyone who has ever studied classical languages will have heard: What's the point? Where are you going to speak Latin or ancient Greek? Well that argument loses a little of its force with the identification of a small community in northern Turkey that converses in a Greek dialect that seems intriguingly similar to the language of Pericles, Plato and Socrates.
Saturday 28 August 2010
At least 12 people were killed by landslides after torrential rain swept northern Turkey.
Thursday 19 August 2010
He has become the outspoken voice of the Liberal Democrat left – yesterday calling for the party's MPs to be given the power of veto over contentious Coalition policy proposals.
Friday 16 July 2010
The Balkans shaped the opening and close of our last century, but for poorly prepared Westerners they remain, even now, a distant cauldron into which we like to toss our prejudices, ignorance and jokes; an indeterminate, Ruritanian region, full of people with names like Zog and nowhere better evoked than in the novels of John Buchan and Dornford Yates. Asked in 1921 to consider an invitation to become king of Albania, Lord Inchape is supposed to have stared at the motorcyclist who brought him the urgent message, and replied: "Where is it?" (He declined on the grounds "It's not in my line."). Nor does prejudice vanish on the ground. "Who ever saw a green horse or an intelligent Serb?" is a Romanian proverb of lengthy stock.
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