Around the Bloc
Kyrgyzstan’s Luckiest Baby
Former Soviet republic rewards family of its 6 millionth citizen with cash, new home.
1 December 2015
Around the Bloc
Slovakia Gun Shop Link to Paris Attacks Probed
Until recently, anyone over 18 could buy deactivated guns in Slovakia, no license required.
1 December 2015
Around the Bloc
Bosnian Serbs Dismiss Ruling on ‘Statehood’ Holiday
A divided high court says the Republika Srpska holiday is discriminatory.
1 December 2015
Around the Bloc
Kosovo Opposition MP Arrested

Albin Kurti and 86 others rounded up amid latest anti-government protests in Pristina.

30 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Baltic Gas Pipeline Under Fire
Poland, Slovakia among those working to block new Nord Stream pipeline corridor between Russia and Germany.
30 November 2015
Around the Bloc
Hungary Pressed to Reverse Refugee Laws

Council of Europe’s top rights official urges Budapest to scrap laws that criminalize migration.

30 November 2015
Around the Bloc
More Physical, Legal Barriers for Migrants
Migrants clashed with police on Macedonia’s southern border over the weekend.
30 November 2015
Around the Bloc
No Quick Fix for Blacked-out Crimea

Russian official concedes that completing an ‘energy bridge’ to the region could still take weeks.

30 November 2015
Crime and Corruption
Moldova: Water – Source of Corruption?

Moldova’s environmental fund give grants without much oversight; one to the village of Gura Cainarului may land its mayor and local business in hot water.

By Marcela Zamosteanu, and Dorin Galben
20 November 2015
A ‘Bucket of Mud’ for Belarus
The country’s mercurial leader first welcomes the Nobel Prize in literature for Svetlana Alexievich, then attacks the world-famous writer. By Tatiana Kozak
19 November 2015
Freedom from Expression
Balkan EU hopefuls failing to ensure freedom of expression, the European Commission says.
By Tihomir Loza
17 November 2015


Middle Europa
An Unlikely Leader in the Making?
Last week the Czech Republic witnessed the emergence of Bohuslav Sobotka as a major new political player.By MARTIN EHL
24 November 2015
The New EU
The Resurrection of Vaclav Klaus

At the get-together of Kremlin sympathizers in Greece last month, one of the headlines was the presence of Czech former President Vaclav Klaus.

13 November 2015
Middle Europa
Corruption Nightmare: Ungovernable Countries Premium
A third of Romania’s political elite face prosecution or are already in jail, a third fear they will be, and a third still think themselves untouchable.By MARTIN EHL
10 November 2015
The Winner Takes the Burden Premium

This is maybe his 10th or his 11th election victory, and friends and foes alike have lost count. Boyko Borissov, the prime minister of Bulgaria, looks unbeatable. 

5 November 2015
Middle Europa
Who’s Afraid of Big, Bad Jaroslaw? Premium
We shouldn’t be so quick to describe Poland’s new government as a ‘threat to democracy.’By MARTIN EHL
27 October 2015
Middle Europa
Europe On the Edge Again Premium
Could the Baltic states‘ stance on Russia be adopted by the EU after testing times?By MARTIN EHL
14 October 2015
Balkan Eye
Tossed by the Waves of History Premium

Bulgarians are feeling torn between fear of an influx of refugees and empathy with their plight.

5 October 2015



After months of preparation, we’re officially introducing our partner project Press Start. The site will become the first global crowdfunding platform for reporters in countries where the press cannot report freely, potentially revolutionizing the way independent journalism is funded in the developing world and countries in transition.


We’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help us get the project off the ground, and we’d greatly appreciate your help to spread the word. Please follow us on Twitter  and Facebook, tell your friends and colleagues about Press Start and, if you like, support us on Kickstarter!





TOL Education - upcoming courses
Populism, Authoritarianism and the Media Conference
12 November 2015 – 14 November 2015
Foreign Correspondent
3 January 2016 – 12 January 2016
Video News Production
29 June 2016 – 7 July 2016
Social Media in a Box
Online Security
TOL eBooks


Economy & Business

Books & Culture




© Transitions Online 2015. All rights reserved. ISSN 1214-1615
Published by Transitions o.s., Baranova 33, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic.