Around the Bloc
Cities Face Challenge of ‘Unprecedented’ Population Loss

Shrinking populations in Eastern European and Central Asian cities bring opportunities along with risks, a new study finds.

15 December 2017
Around the Bloc
President Putin Presents Candidate Putin

At annual Q&A session, Russian leader slights opposition, says he has led the country out of its troubles, and has good words for Donald Trump.

15 December 2017
Around the Bloc
Kazakh Miners End Underground Strike

Threatened with legal action -- and promised a pay rise -- ArcelorMittal workers end the country’s longest strike in years.

15 December 2017
Around the Bloc
Caspian Sea Breakthrough in the Offing?

The five Caspian states will (probably) sit down to resolve the sea’s status next spring, although Iran may (possibly) raise difficulties.

14 December 2017
Around the Bloc
Hopes Grow of a Farewell to FYROM

Macedonia and Greece are reopening UN-sponsored talks over their long-standing name dispute.

14 December 2017
Around the Bloc
Estonian Taxi App Spreads Its Wings

After a slow start, the ride-hailing service Taxify is taking on Uber in 20 countries.

14 December 2017
Around the Bloc
Russia Will Fund New Egyptian Power Plant

The deal is yet another sign of Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East. 

13 December 2017
Society
A Dying Trade
A household staple for generations, the weaving of wool carpets is fading away, living on mainly in the stories of those who lovingly practiced the craft their entire lives. From Ziarul de Garda. By Liliana Botnariuc
13 December 2017
People
Obituary: Partisanka, Farewell

The most important feminist you probably never heard of died in late October, a brave woman still dreaming of a better future.

By Kristen R. Ghodsee
11 December 2017
Environment
Russia's Tearful Isotopes
Russian atomic regulator's foray into meme-making fails to quench rumors of nuclear leaks. From Global Voices. By Christopher Moldes
6 December 2017
Conflict & Diplomacy
Standing by Tibet
In a climate of improving official relations with China, some Czechs continue to vocally support the disputed region. By Denis Burke
5 December 2017
Economy & Business
The Azerbaijani Laundromat: Why It Matters
Naming and shaming the perpetrators could be the best way of tackling international high-level corruption akin to the current case. Form Emerging Europe. By Audrey L. Altstadt
29 November 2017
Economy & Business
All in the Family

In charge of spending “money from Allah,” the Kadyrov Foundation has become an institution in itself in Chechnya, overseeing a web of companies connected to the political elite. From the Caucasian Knot.

27 November 2017
Economy & Business
PremiumWhatever Happened to Badri Patarkatsishvili’s Riches?

It has taken almost a decade, much of it filled with intrigue, to settle outstanding questions over the estate of a multibillionaire once considered the wealthiest man in Georgia.

By Claudia Harmata
13 November 2017
Conflict & Diplomacy
Unforeseen Consequences
Has Uzbekistan’s repressive government helped radicalise its emigrants and exiles? From The Conversation. By John Heathershaw
8 November 2017
Books
PremiumFading Into Irrelevance

Macro- and micro-history are adeptly intertwined in an absorbing story of a small Central European town.

By Martin Ehl
6 November 2017
Society
Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution Centennial
Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any of the local political currents at work in 1917, the October Revolution had a profound impact on Central Asia. From EurasiaNet.org. By Alexander Morrison
2 November 2017
Arts & Culture
Other Images, the Same World
Discovered after almost half a century, the undeveloped works of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte feed into an insatiable hunger for the past. From Decat o Revista. By Gabriela Piturlea
30 October 2017
Society
The Ajvar War
In Macedonia, memories of a crackdown on a beloved culinary tradition are still fresh. From Global Voices. By Dragan Kucirov and Goce Arsovski
24 October 2017
Politics
How Poroshenko Passed an Unpopular Law

The Ukrainian authorities tried to conceal the extension of a law granting special status to Donbas, while the parliament bowed to the president’s will. From Hromadske International.

By Nastya Stanko and Maksym Kamenev
17 October 2017
Education
Russification or Expanding Opportunity?

As Georgian-language schools disappear in South Ossetia, supporters say the move will expand the horizons of local pupils, while critics claim discrimination. From JAMnews.

11 October 2017
Politics
Inside Tomsk’s Political Machine

The Siberian city’s gubernatorial election, rigged and managed from above, illustrates how the electoral system really works in many Russian regions. From openDemocracy.

By Rinat Miftakhov
29 September 2017
Society
PremiumA Small Town in Bulgaria Sees Its Chance to Shine

Razgrad emerges from obscurity on the back of a local team’s international sporting success.

By Peter Georgiev
28 September 2017

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
The Right Man at the Right Time?

If they prove successful, the newly appointed prime minister’s plans could bring PiS the popularity boost it needs to cement its rule.

By MARTIN EHL
13 December 2017
Middle Europa
The Ghost of the Unresolved Past

In the wrong doses, the stick-and-carrot approach to EU funds for Central Europe might stoke precisely the tendencies that Brussels aims to keep in check.

By MARTIN EHL
30 November 2017
Fourth Estate
Romania’s History Through Its Newspapers

A decade after its founding, the ‘Sever Bocu’ press museum is making a name among institutions devoted to preserving southeastern European cultural history.

By PETER GROSS
28 November 2017
Balkan Eye
A Tale of Two Generals

The similar personalities of the two most prominent figures in Bulgarian politics could prove a valuable asset for their collaboration.  

By BOYKO VASSILEV
22 November 2017
Middle Europa
Slovak Optimism Reloaded

Unexpected wins – and losses – in Slovak regional elections reverse a Central European trend.

By MARTIN EHL
9 November 2017
Ivory Tower
1917: What Is There to Celebrate?

Mostly Russians are ignoring the messy question of what happened back then, and even Vladimir Putin can’t come up with a consistent narrative.

By OLGA MALINOVA AND PETER RUTLAND
7 November 2017
Balkan Eye
An Entirely Different Game

A former Bulgarian soccer star has been making headlines for getting up on his soapbox about Catalonia’s independence. 

By BOYKO VASSILEV
27 October 2017

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