Conflict & Diplomacy
The EU’s Dangerous Indulgence of Moldova

By countenancing a bunch of venal pols, as long as they’re pro-EU, Brussels erodes its own support among Moldovans. From openDemocracy.

By Alexandr Voronovici
26 March 2015
Around the Bloc
Kyrgyzstan Courts EU, Russia; Human Traffickers Busted

Plus, a jailed Azerbaijani journalist sees her family, and a Chechen lawmaker threatens to send big guns to Mexico.

By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
26 March 2015
Around the Bloc
Poroshenko Sacks Feisty Governor, Serbia-Kosovo Talks Hit a Hurdle

Plus, German courts refuse to send Bulgarian convicts home to filthy jails; report alleges Gulnara Karimov made billions by arm-twisting foreign investors.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
25 March 2015
Education
Lithuania: Predators in the Schoolyard
Sex-abuse scandals at two schools for troubled children prompt calls for the country to overhaul its foster-care system. By Linas Jegelevicius
25 March 2015
Around the Bloc
Bellwether Balkan Fish at Risk from Dams, Gagauzia Strengthens Ties to Moscow

Plus, a new twist in Albania’s political murder scandal, and experts say China is outpacing Russia in the 21st-century ‘great game.’

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
24 March 2015
Environment
Red Legacy

Almost five years after toxic sludge flooded Devecser, the town is thriving – but worries remain about similar industrial waste sites around Hungary.

By Daniele Bassi
24 March 2015
Around the Bloc
NATO Commander Says Russia Still Arms Rebels, German Minister Visits Visegrad Leaders

Plus, Macedonian pupils borrow a protest lesson from university students, and a town in Uzbekistan demolishes a Soviet war memorial.

By Timothy Spence
23 March 2015
Around the Bloc
Europe Presses Moscow on Ukraine Peace Deal, Report Claims Russian-Made Missile Downed MH17

Plus, Azerbaijan releases two of dozens of political prisoners, and Serbians are urged to be careful where they throw their hand grenades.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, and Evgeny Deulin
20 March 2015

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Innovation as Weapon

It’s not only mighty militaries that make countries strong.

By MARTIN EHL
24 March 2015
Middle Europa
Not so Quiet on the Eastern Front

Patriotism is in fashion again, as Lithuania’s fears of Russia lead to a discussion on renewing conscription.

By MARTIN EHL
10 March 2015
Balkan Eye
An Old Love Story with New Meaning

What have we lost with the fading of Mitteleuropa as a place and a state of mind?

By BOYKO VASSILEV
5 March 2015
Middle Europa
Russian Demons in Central Europe

Many of the region's citizens have an aversion to anything Russian. That is to their detriment.

By MARTIN EHL
24 February 2015
The New EU
The President, Lies, and a Video

In defending Russia, the Czech head of state adopts the Kremlin’s approach to the facts. 

By KATERINA SAFARIKOVA
18 February 2015
Middle Europa
A Family Affair

While the debate preceding Slovakia’s referendum on same-sex marriage was often harsh, the discussion should help the country in the long run.

By MARTIN EHL
10 February 2015
Balkan Eye
Farewell to a Dissident President

Bulgaria’s Zhelyu Zhelev deserved in life the praise now being heaped upon him in death.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
5 February 2015

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