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Belarus Opens To Tourists As Tensions With Russia Rise

READ FMP’S REPORT ON THE NEW VISA POLICY: WANT TO TRAVEL TO BELARUS? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE By JOSH FRIEDMAN Internationally isolated Belarus lifted visa restrictions Sunday on citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S., Canada and almost all European states. Individuals who hold passports from most of the 80 states that cracked the list

By |February 12th, 2017|Featured, News, Politics, Russia|

Brexit: UK Top Court Rules Parliamentary Approval Needed To Start EU Exit Talks

The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled that British Prime Minister Theresa May must obtain parliamentary approval in order to begin exit negotiations with the European Union, the BBC reports. However, the court ruled approval from the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies is not necessary. The majority of voters in Scotland and Northern

By |January 24th, 2017|Europe, European Union, News, Politics, United Kingdom|

Want To Travel To Belarus? Now Is Your Chance

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In a surprise move, internationally isolated Belarus announced earlier this month it is lifting visa restrictions on citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S., Canada and almost all European states. The former Soviet republic, which has been deemed by the U.S. to be Europe’s last dictatorship, appears to be incrementally opening up to

By |January 23rd, 2017|Featured, Josh Friedman, News, Politics, Travel, Travel Features|

Europe’s Nationalists Meet In Germany Ahead Of Pivotal Elections

With major national elections less than two months away, prominent European nationalists gathered in Koblenz, Germany Saturday for a 2017 populism kick-off conference. The gathering was a meeting of Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parliament group that includes the likes of France’s National Front, Holland’s Party of Freedom and Germany’s Alternative for

By |January 22nd, 2017|Europe, European Union, Featured, France, Germany, News, Politics, United Kingdom|

It’s Republika Srpska Day. What’s The Fuss All About In Bosnia?

Report from Banja Luka during the September referendum on Republika Srpska Day Update: The outgoing Obama Administration announced on Jan. 17 that the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik. By Josh Friedman Bosnian Serbs are celebrating Republika Srpska Day, a holiday banned by Bosnia’s Constitutional Court. And, rather than caving to

By |January 9th, 2017|Featured, Politics|

British Applications For Irish Citizenship Surge

Irish emergency passport Ireland's foreign ministry announced passport applications from the United Kingdom surged 41 percent in the wake of last year's Brexit referendum, CNN Money reports. Ireland has received nearly 65,000 British applications for citizenship since the UK voted to leave the EU. Citizenship applications from Northern Ireland, which is part of

By |January 5th, 2017|European Union, News, Politics, United Kingdom|

Ford Gives Trump ‘Vote Of Confidence,’ Promises 700 New U.S. Jobs

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following intense criticism by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Ford Motor Company opted to scrap its plans to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico. Ford says it will instead invest $700 million in Michigan and create 700 U.S. jobs, CNN Money reports. Trump has promised tax cuts and regulatory reductions, while

By |January 4th, 2017|Mexico, Money, Politics, United States|

Macedonian Election Coverage

Jan. 30, 2017: VMRO failed to meet its deadline on forming a coalition, and party leader Nikola Gruevski is returning the mandate to form a government to Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov. It is unclear if Zoran Zaev will get the next crack at trying to form a coalition. Update: A revote took place in one electoral

By |December 11th, 2016|Europe, Featured, Josh Friedman, Politics|

Clinton And Trump In The Balkans

Reports from Sarajevo, Belgrade and Pristina:

By |November 8th, 2016|Europe, Politics|

Refugees At The Edge Of The EU

Josh Friedman reports from the refugee camp beside the fence and effective detention center at the Serbian-Hungarian border.   Report from the camp outside Kelebija, Serbia: Refugee speaks from inside one of the detention centers: Hungarian authorities accused of beating and starving migrants:

By |October 30th, 2016|Afghanistan, European Union, Politics|
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