Around the Bloc
Minsk Plans Another Round of Ukraine Talks, Slovaks to Vote on Gay Marriage

Plus, Serbia’s military chief faces new Kosovo allegations, and Mongolia gets a taste of SMS democracy.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
30 January 2015
Around the Bloc
West Mulls Response to Escalation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan Extends Reporter's Detention
Plus, warnings of a 'new authoritarianism' in the Balkans and mounting repression in Kazakhstan. By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
29 January 2015
Someone Like Khadija

In a letter from an Azerbaijani jail, one imprisoned journalist pays tribute to another, a few cells away. From IWPR.

By Seymur Hezi
29 January 2015
Conflict & Diplomacy
Notes on a Conspiracy

Ratings agencies, the UN, Hollywood, the Saudis – are they all against Russia?

By Barbara Frye
28 January 2015
Around the Bloc
U.S. Gives Military Hardware to Uzbekistan, New Outbreak of Violence in Pristina

Plus, the murder trial of a fugitive Kazakhstani tycoon is postponed, and Belarus rediscovers its own language.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
28 January 2015
Around the Bloc
Litvinenko Death Probe Opens, Kremlin Blasts S&P’s ‘Junk’ Rating

Plus, aid agencies criticize travel restrictions on Ukraine’s separatist zones, and uranium-rich Kazakhstan mulls the benefits of nuclear power.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Anders Ryehauge, and Will Sandeman
27 January 2015
Putin and the Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Many who take Russia’s temperature for a living predict the current ardor for its president won't survive a prolonged crisis.

By Aleksander Kolesnichenko
27 January 2015
Around the Bloc
Mariupol Deaths Prompt Calls for New Sanctions, NATO to Beef Up Presence on Eastern Flank

Plus, tech companies cash out of Crimea, and a Jewish group condemns an honor given by Romania’s new president

By Timothy Spence and Barbara Frye
26 January 2015


Middle Europa
Brick by Brick

Moves to dismantle recently established pension systems show a profound lack of vision.

27 January 2015
Middle Europa
The Polish Thatcher?

The new prime minister has a chance to become a star if her government’s tough decision to overhaul Europe’s largest coal company doesn’t backfire. 

13 January 2015
Balkan Eye
Contempt of Court

Bulgaria’s judiciary is in dire need of reform, but making changes will be harder than most people expect.

8 January 2015
The New EU
Good Night and Goodbye? Not This Time

The Syrian refugee crisis may force the Czech government and most citizens to rethink their ‘Who, us?’ stance on migration. 

17 December 2014
Middle Europa
Hungarian Blues

It’s been a bad week for the country’s leader and a bad era for the country.

9 December 2014
Balkan Eye
In Bulgaria’s Weakness, A Newfound Strength

The country’s rickety new coalition government could be the best thing to happen to its contemporary politics. 

4 December 2014
Middle Europa
Election Fiasco

Computer glitches during Poland’s local elections call into question all the progress we’ve been celebrating the past few months.

25 November 2014


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International Multimedia Reporting
May 9–28, 2015
Foreign Correspondent
July 5–13, 2015
Breaking into Travel Writing
July 5–13, 2015
What should be taught by teachers, and what by parents?
By Ioana Caloianu, 29 January 2015
Kazakhstan: Education reform shelved due to economic downturn
By Ioana Caloianu, 28 January 2015
Discrimination keeps Roma pupils down in Albania
By Ioana Caloianu, 26 January 2015
Explainer: what happens to kids who are kicked out of school?
By Ioana Caloianu, 21 January 2015
‘Prevent’ in education within Hampshire
By Ioana Caloianu, 20 January 2015


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