Moscow House on Embankment
1917: The Year Russia Fell Apart
Two new books trace revolutionary Russia from its birth amid the wreckage of the old order to its apocalyptic demise. By Theodore R. Weeks
16 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Romania’s Tudose Falls in Power Struggle

For the second time in less than a year, Social Democrat top brass push a prime minister out of office.

16 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Russia Mulls Bitcoin Regulation

Government proposal to legalize the trade would give cryptocurrencies a major boost.

16 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Without Fanfare, Hungary Actually Takes In Refugees

Country accepted 1,300 people last year in face of government’s official anti-Muslim and anti-migrant line.

16 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Maverick Czech President Seeks Second Term
Runoff round will pit incumbent Zeman against a scientist with pro-EU leanings.
15 January 2018
Around the Bloc
We’ve Earned Your Respect, Bulgaria Tells Brussels
Just days into its stint in the EU presidency, Bulgaria is stepping up its efforts to be accepted into the bloc’s inner sanctum.
15 January 2018
Europe’s Illiberal States
Why are Hungary and Poland turning away from constitutional democracy? From The Conversation. By Stephen I Pogany
12 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Pedophile Cop Scandal Engulfs Romanian Ministry of Interior

Ministers are at odds over police reshuffle, amid allegations that superiors turned a blind eye to suspect’s behavior.

12 January 2018
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22 December 2017
PremiumRevisiting Europe’s Muslim Heartland

In their new book, two French scholars provide valuable insights on Balkan history over the past 200 years.

By John K. Cox
19 December 2017
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
PremiumObituary: 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
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
PremiumStanding 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
PremiumAll 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
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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


Middle Europa
A Surprising Role Model for European Politicians

Far from being Brussels’ darling, Viktor Orban has, however, endeared himself to some European leaders who admire his pragmatism and political know-how.

12 January 2018
Ivory Tower
The Fall of the Soviet Union Revisited

Top academics are still debating why the USSR collapsed and whether the West could have done more in the early 1990s to secure a well-functioning democracy in Russia.

3 January 2018
Balkan Eye
Free Calls to the New Balkans Premium

More just a strain on Balkan pockets, roaming charges over EU borders are another example of how deeper regional integration could make everyone’s life easier. 

20 December 2017
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The Right Man at the Right Time? Premium

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

13 December 2017
Middle Europa
The Ghost of the Unresolved Past Premium

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.

30 November 2017
Fourth Estate
Romania’s History Through Its Newspapers Premium

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

28 November 2017
Balkan Eye
A Tale of Two Generals Premium

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

22 November 2017


--  Announcement: Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students - Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!


Date: March 12, 2018 – July 1, 2018

The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees. Applicants should be from a master’s program (or in the final years of their studies), either in journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, international relations or other. One of the main selection criteria will be a proven motivation to use the acquired skills in practice. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.


Apply or check our website for more info. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.


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The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.

This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes. 

It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.


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