Opinion remains divided on the success of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich, who has been in office for one year and whose biggest gain thus far is probably the starting economic revival of the country.
The constant bleating of vuvuzelas at the 2010 World Cup in Africa will long be remembered. With Ukraine and Poland set to host the 2012 European Championships, locals have decided it is a perfect opportunity to promote vuvuzela's European cousin.
The images of angry protesters in Egypt in Tunisia gathering in the streets are may look similar to the color revolutions that have rocked the world in recent years. However, they may differ in at least on one crucial point: spontaneity.
A range of new media outlets in Moldova are being accused of trying to influence audiences politically. Critics say Romanian sponsors control the content of TV news and publications to promote reunification with the country.
The Baltic state of Latvia used to rank highly on international surveys assessing the freedom of the press. But a series of incidents involving raids on the homes of journalists are pointing to a change in direction, sparking international concern.
The holiday season is a time for many to hit the town and share a few drinks with friends, but that is a problem if you have no one close by. In Ukraine, there is a solution. There, you can hire a drinking buddy.