The Russian military’s stunning collapse in eastern Ukraine is injecting optimism into markets, analysts say

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Alexey Furman/Getty Images Ukraine's counteroffensive in its war against Russia is lifting Wall Street's mood, analysts say.  The government in Kyiv said it has retaken about 3,500 square miles of territory from Russia. "Suddenly investors are opening their eyes to the possibility of a sooner end to the war," wrote City Index […]

How Drones Help Fight Eastern European Corruption

The entire operation spans just a few minutes: After zipping off the ground in a nondescript field just outside Kiev, the quadricopter whirls its way over the elite gated community nearby, where at least one Ukrainian judge is believed to own property with an estimated value far exceeding the funds disclosed in her official declaration. […]

Eastern Europe's Auto Powerhouse

Nestled snug between the Little Carpathians mountain range and the Trnávka river is Trnava, a city known as Little Rome because of its smattering of churches and Roman Catholic allegiance. No one would call it a staple of the European tourist circuit, but French carmaker Peugeot calls it home. And that particular claim to fame […]

Century: Eastern Wonders makes cardboard spice trading fun again

Enlarge (credit: Owen Duffy) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at In 2017, newly founded tabletop studio Plan B Games released Century: Spice Road. A tight, brain-teasing card game, Spice Road cast players as merchants trading spices on the overland route between Europe […]

Flash Sale: New York to Eastern Europe & Middle East From $300 Round-Trip

Flash Sale: New York to Eastern Europe & Middle East From $ 300 Round-Trip Advertiser Disclosure The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they […]

Theatre reviews: The Lovely Bones, Eastern Star and The Prisoner

The Lovely Bones – Royal & Derngate Northampton unti September 22 then touring until November 17. Tickets: 01604 624811 / When Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones was published in 2002, it was described as “the book of the decade”. So no pressure on Bryony Lavery in dramatising it for the stage. Told entirely from […]

Eastern Europe’s Surprising New Tech Hub

Racked with corruption, political troubles and a devastating war that’s claimed thousands of lives, this European country would probably be one of the last you’d expect to have a burgeoning information technology industry. Yet despite its challenges: Ukraine is a top global exporter of custom IT services. It’s also a startup incubator. According to the […]