Around the Bloc
Wage Hikes and Tax Reforms Confuse, Divide Romanians

Plans of major fiscal overhauls, including a social security payment shift, in the EU’s fastest-growing economy are not welcomed by everybody.

23 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Populist Billionaire Babis Wins Czech Elections

The businessman could face a daunting task of cobbling together a coalition after being indicted for fraud.

23 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Government Candidate Becomes Tbilisi Mayor after Georgian Dream Victory

Victories in constituencies across the country put the government in a favorable position for presidential elections next year.

23 October 2017
Around the Bloc
New Russian TV Series Follows ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Hero’ Trotsky

Show’s co-director claims the wild-eyed Bolshevik was the true father of the 1917 Revolution.

20 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Ukraine Moves to Strip Lawmakers of Immunity

Parliament also passes landmark health care reform in move critics say will hurt the poor.

20 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Lithuania to Publish Reports of KGB Spies

The documents offer an insight into intelligence gathering and spyware methods used by the Soviet security agency. 

20 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Poland Announces Big Health Spending Rise

Protesting young doctors demand an even bigger increase, saying poor working conditions and low pay are crippling the health care system.

20 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Albania Honors Its Most Famous Foreign Scholar

Robert Elsie, an internationally renowned Albanologist from Vancouver, was buried yesterday in an Albanian village after passing away on 2 October.

19 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
People
Old Dog, New Tricks
Steven Seagal rediscovers celebrity in Central Asia, and the implications are alarming. From Global Voices. By Peter Paul Rankin
20 September 2017
Opinion
PremiumLessons from Lenin

Those advocating for removing historical statues in the U.S. would be well-served to examine the debates in the former Soviet Union about tearing down the figures of the past.

By David Mould
14 September 2017
Society
Singing from the Heart

Despite being stripped of its funding after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yerevan’s famed blind choir is still fighting for its existence. From JAMnews.

By Gayane Mkrtchyan
12 September 2017
Environment
'How Can I Not Go Into the Forest?'

Poaching in the Chernobyl zone continues, and it’s not hard to see why. From Euroradio.

8 September 2017
Politics
Macedonia's Former Ruling Party Accused of Inflaming Xenophobia Ahead of Local Elections
The anti-migrant campaign has led to violence against some journalists. From Global Voices. By Filip Stojanovski
7 September 2017
People
An Ever-Present Past

Four generations of Moldovan teachers talk about the lessons of Soviet-era deportations to Siberia. From Ziarul de Garda.

By Maria Svet
6 September 2017
Society
Underground Belarusian
If you want your kids to grow up speaking Belarusian, you’ll need to fight for it. From openDemocracy. By Alena Spasyu
1 September 2017

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Uncharted Waters with Populists Ahead

The stakes are extremely high ahead of the Czech elections, which could be a potential game changer for the entire region. 

By MARTIN EHL
19 October 2017
Fourth Estate
A Mystery in Albania

Russia? Again? Buying, controlling, manipulating, using media in other countries?

By PETER GROSS
17 October 2017
Balkan Eye
Top of the (Neighbors’) Pops Premium

An interesting communist-era, TV-watching trend in the Balkans has its repercussions – even today. 

By BOYKO VASSILEV
6 October 2017
Middle Europa
Late Bloomers Premium

The Czech weapons that have appeared in Azerbaijan might indicate that Central Europeans are finally learning the realpolitik games of the West.

By MARTIN EHL
2 October 2017
Fourth Estate
Media Mis/Trust and Other Paradoxes Premium
Although the results of recent surveys in Central and Eastern Europe seem hard to piece together, they are telltales of the regional mood.By PETER GROSS
23 September 2017
Middle Europa
Whose Values? Premium

It doesn’t make sense to apply a postmodern interpretation of societies that are only now undergoing the modernization process.

By MARTIN EHL
12 September 2017
Ivory Tower
Shirtless Putin and the Future of Russia Premium

Should we read anything into the latest macho poses of the president?

By PETER RUTLAND
4 September 2017

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