Around the Bloc
Viral Ukraine War Photo at Center of Controversy

A group of photographers says one of the most dramatic images of the war in eastern Ukraine is a fake.

30 August 2016
Around the Bloc
What’s So Ethical About Mining for Mammoth Tusks?

The rush for the ‘white gold’ of Siberia is devastating fragile landscapes and furthering the illegal trade in elephant ivory.

30 August 2016
Media
Investigating the RuNet: A How-to Guide

Bellingcat’s Aric Toler explains how investigating sources, images and stories from Russia and Eastern Europe can be challenging without the required tools. From FirstDraftNews.com.

By Aric Toler
30 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Kosovo Activist Group Claims Credit for Grenade Attack

The attack on the head of the state broadcaster is another incident in a string of protests against a border deal with Montenegro.

30 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Roma Families Flee Ukrainian Village Ahead of Angry Mob

Villagers demand eviction of all Roma after a man was detained for the murder of a young girl.

30 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Uzbek President Karimov Suffers Stroke

Police, troops guarding Tashkent hospital where the country’s only post-independence leader is being treated.

29 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Serbia’s Jeremic Pushing Hard for Top UN Job

The world body’s unwritten rotation rule favors the sizeable crew of Central and East Europeans, but women candidates say the odds are stacked against them.

29 August 2016
Around the Bloc
25 Years Later, Kazakhstan Grapples With Effects of Nuclear Tests

Local residents near the notorious Semipalatinsk testing ground say radiation has left a deadly toll of disease.

29 August 2016
Politics
Confronting the Old Boys’ Club

Women struggle to make inroads in Czech politics, as some pin their hopes on quotas.

By Elizabeth Potter
26 August 2016
Society
Supply and Demand

Due to an increasingly restrictive border regime along the ‘Balkan route,’ the business of people smuggling is on the rise.

By Sebastian Zimmermann
23 August 2016
Society
Armenia’s Crisis and the Legacy of Victory

More than 20 years after it ended, Armenia is still experiencing the burden of victory in the war over Nagorno Karabakh. From openDemocracy.

By Tom de Waal
12 August 2016
Society
Where It’s Illegal to Make Noise in Churches and Cemeteries

Who are the Russians being tried for ‘hooliganism’ under Article 213 of the criminal code?

By Elena Shmaraeva
11 August 2016
Society
In Search of a Turkmen Nation

How the bizarre eccentricities of the country’s leaders and a wealth of new customs are contributing to the creation of ‘invented traditions.’

By Abel Polese
8 August 2016
Education
School Wars

Kids, teachers, even the president agree: Lithuania’s alarming level of school bullying is just one of many ills that are spreading misery across society.

By Linas Jegelevicius
3 August 2016
Society
The Czech Super Bowl

The popularity of “American” football in the lands of Bohemia and Moravia has been growing as local talent and foreign imports team up for the love of the game.

By Elizabeth Potter and Michael Bacos
1 August 2016
Politics
NATO and Russia: The Road Ahead

Did the Warsaw Summit represent a significant new development – as is argued both by NATO lobbyists and by the blowhards in Moscow?

By Peter Rutland
25 July 2016

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
The Dangers of Patriotic Tourism

Central Europeans are often spending their holidays at home these days – good for the local economy, but not for the local mentality.

By MARTIN EHL
18 August 2016
Balkan Eye
Projecting Soft Power Through Hard Talk

Western envoys have often played the role of gadfly in Bulgarian affairs, to good effect.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
10 August 2016
Middle Europa
The King of Populism Looks for a Challenger

Czech President Milos Zeman is stepping up the political ante by mentioning a Brexit-like referendum.

By MARTIN EHL
26 July 2016
Balkan Eye
Bulgaria’s West-Bashers Embrace Brexit Premium
The EU’s poorest country these days is full of ‘wooden philosophers’ inspired alike by Michael Gove and Vladimir Putin.By BOYKO VASSILEV
6 July 2016
Middle Europa
After Brexit, Central Europe Feels Lonely  Premium

“Frenemies” will likely become the best way to describe the changed relationship between the region and Britain.

By MARTIN EHL
1 July 2016
Middle Europa
Facing Off Against Fascism Premium

The Slovak president and NGO sector are at least trying to figure out what to do next – unlike most of the political elite.

By MARTIN EHL
17 June 2016
Balkan Eye
Do I Love You More Than You Love Me? Premium
Take care next time you call Cyrillic ‘the Russian alphabet,’ for you will surely offend a Bulgarian.By BOYKO VASSILEV
3 June 2016

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