Christmas cheer is widespread in the days leading up to Dec. 24 and 25, but it manifests itself in many different ways, from predicting the future to trying not to choke on a hidden coin. Below are just a few of the many unusual Christmas traditions around the world.
If any European country could have a US-like fracking boom, it's Poland. But optimism has waned.
Defense budget cuts in the US and Europe were more than enough to offset an increase in spending by rising powers like Russia and China.
A performance of 'Carmen' reminds the Monitor’s language columnist how vexed our language for various 'others' is.
Some 70 multinational firms have opened, employing 20,000 skilled workers – Poles and foreigners alike – in Krakow, which some call a small Silicon Valley of Central Europe.
Europe wants to escape Gazprom's stranglehold by diversifying into shale gas. But Gazprom is throwing up obstacles.