News and Analysis: Former Soviet bloc
The Hungarian Constitutional Court has struck down as unconstitutional a proposed bill that would cap severance pay to all public-sector workers. The proposed legislation would have taxed all severance income over 2 million forints ($10,190) at 98 percent; this would have been applied retroactively from Jan.
The Romanian market research company CSOP and the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exiles conducted a poll in recent months that discovered that 61 percent of Romanians consider communism to be a good idea at present.
France recently expelled nearly 100 Roma people back to their native Romania, claiming to be fighting trafficking, exploitation of children and prostitution—racist arguments to detract from the real motives.
The Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan has been the scene of a bloody conflict since June 10. Estimates of the casualties vary widely, with the country's interim president estimating up to 2,000 deaths.