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The year ahead may bring significant changes, for better or worse, to these often-overlooked countries.
On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, CNN's Global Public Square looks at Freedom House's rankings of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics to see how those liberated countries have actually fared.
The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries and enforce these more strictly during the accession process.
In a new report, Freedom House highlights Russia's pivotal role in a decade-long decline in democracy among the countries of the post-Soviet sphere.