Backsliding in Belarus: The EU's False Impression of Lukashenko

Backsliding in Belarus: The EU's False Impression of Lukashenko

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 27, 2010

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko left little doubt about who was in control of his country following last week's elections. The European Union had hoped for more democracy. But it would appear that many in Belarus are happy with the status quo. By Benjamin Bidder and Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Lukashenko's Belarus: Coming to Terms with a European Tyrant

Lukashenko's Belarus: Coming to Terms with a European Tyrant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 21, 2010

He counts North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il among his friends and unleashes state security forces on his political opponents. Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for 16 years. He is tolerated by the EU and Russia because he ensures stability. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...


The World from Berlin: 'Dictatorships Never Change'

The World from Berlin: 'Dictatorships Never Change'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 21, 2010

Election violence in Belarus on Sunday surprised Europeans, who expected Alexander Lukashenko to introduce limited democratic reform. Opponents were allowed to run against the incumbent. But his dictatorship, German commentators conclude, seems to be in fine fettle. more...

Disputed Elections in Belarus: Europe's Last Dictatorship Shows Violent Side

Disputed Elections in Belarus: Europe's Last Dictatorship Shows Violent Side

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2010

Officially, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko won re-election with almost 80 percent of the vote on Sunday. The opposition, though, is accusing his government of massive fraud. Protesters in Minsk were savagely beaten and at least four opposition candidates have been arrested. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...


Russia Leans on Belarus: Europe's Last Dictator Under Pressure from Moscow

Russia Leans on Belarus: Europe's Last Dictator Under Pressure from Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2010

Alexander Lukashenko is regarded as Europe's last dictator, but after more than 16 years in power his days as Belarusian president may be numbered. As presidential elections approach, Russia seems to be determined to see the back of Lukashenko. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more...

The World from Berlin: 'Each Gas Dispute Will Cost the Russians'

The World from Berlin: 'Each Gas Dispute Will Cost the Russians'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2010

Russia's recent suspension of natural gas to Belarus has brought back uncomfortable memories of January 2009, when swaths of Europe went cold because Moscow stopped sending gas to Ukraine. Has the risk to Europe returned? German commentators are divided. more...


The Minsk Tiger: Lukashenko's High-Tech Ambitions for Belarus

The Minsk Tiger: Lukashenko's High-Tech Ambitions for Belarus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 22, 2009

Alexander Lukashenko has often been referred to as Europe's last dictator. All of a sudden, though, he seems to be on a push to rapidly liberalize Belarus' economy and turn it into a high-tech paradise. But is this socialist island really ready to attract Western investors? By Uwe Klußmann more... Comment ]

The Belarusian Gambler: Europe's New Eastern Friend

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 06, 2009

For years, Alexander Lukashenko has been called Europe's "last dictator." Now, though, the European Union has begun making overatures to Minsk, inviting the Belarusian president to a Thursday summit in Prague. Is the country opening up? By Christian Neef more...


A Flawed Vote in Belarus: Observers Say Election Fell Short of Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2008

Despite claims that Sunday's elections were free and fair, loyalists of Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won every seat in parliament. On Monday, OSCE observers said the vote had fallen short of Western standards. more...

Europe's Last Dictator: Lukashenko Demands West Accepts Belarus Elections

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2008

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has warned that the West should recognize next Sunday's parliamentary elections as democratic, or Minsk will end current efforts to improve ties. more...