Around the Bloc
Nationalists Assault Ukraine’s Parliament
The worst unrest since the Maidan massacre hits Kyiv as the far right flexes its muscle.
1 September 2015
Around the Bloc
Hungary Arrests Migrant Traffickers
More tension with neighboring countries as Hungary stops trains, ejects migrants.
1 September 2015
Media
How One Kremlin Critic Is Taking On the Censors (and Losing)

In Putin’s third term, small websites have been blocked and larger outlets have been pressured into editorial changes. From Global Voices.

By Kevin Rothrock
30 August 2015
Russia: Scenes From a Trial

Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko stand convicted of terrorism in Russia. Their supporters say the trial of the Ukrainian patriots was a farce.

By Tatiana Kozak
27 August 2015
Society
Tajikistan Steps Up Fight Against Black-Clad Women

Dushanbe’s war on the wrong clothes looks set to step up a gear as the authorities resolve to crack down on anything they perceive as dangerous, radical Islam. From EurasiaNet.org.

26 August 2015
People
The Azerbaijani First Daughter’s Cozy Russian Retreat
Without an invitation, it’s nearly impossible to take a look at Leyla Alieva’s house near Moscow, since privacy is so highly valued by her neighbors. From OCCRP.

Without an invitation, it’s nearly impossible to take a look at Leyla Alieva’s house near Moscow, since privacy is so highly valued by her neighbors. From OCCRP.

By Olesya Shmagun
22 August 2015
The Right Sector Phenomenon: Between Patriotism and Banditry

Nationalist militias are the government side’s best fighters in the Donbas war. On the home front, they could also become its greatest liability. From Slon.

By Taras Bogdan
20 August 2015
Politics
Russia's Democratic Opposition On the Ropes

Rejections in Novosibirsk and Magadan, a small breakthrough in Kostroma mark the Democratic Coalition's efforts to take part in Russian local elections. From Global Voices.

By Will Wright
19 August 2015

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
State Business

The economic development of post-communist states is being hijacked by short-term political interests.

By MARTIN EHL
25 August 2015
The New EU
Conflicts of Interest: Press vs. Public

For the oligarchs who control the Czech print media, the purpose of owning a newspaper is to acquire a ‘nuclear shield’ against critics.

By KATERINA SAFARIKOVA
19 August 2015
Balkan Eye
Bulgaria’s Edgy Relationship With the Vox Populi
The people want their voices heard, but referendums are not deeply rooted in the political culture of Central and Eastern Europe.By BOYKO VASSILEV
12 August 2015
Middle Europa
An Independent Leader Put to the Test

With a tough parliamentary election campaign ahead, will the Slovak president’s exceptional politics prove successful?

By MARTIN EHL
11 August 2015
Middle Europa
Fear of the Unknown

Central Europeans have much more experience being emigrants than welcoming immigrants.

By MARTIN EHL
28 July 2015
Middle Europa
It's the Women's Turn, Kind Of

Female politicians are playing an ever-greater role in Poland – but on whose behalf?

By MARTIN EHL
15 July 2015
BALKAN EYE
Powers and Plots

A steady supply of conspiracy theories helps Eastern Europeans (and many others) to cope – by not coping.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
2 July 2015

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