Around the Bloc
Central Asian Feast Food, Nowruz Holiday Win UNESCO Honors

UN cultural agency adds 16 cultural practices to its Intangible Heritage List.

2 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Slovenia Basks in Melania Trump’s Reflected Glow

Local businesses cautioned not to abuse the future first lady’s name and image.

2 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Ukrainians Plan Cyberattack on Russian Banks, FSB Warns

As tensions between Russia and the West grow, each side prepares for cyberattacks and foreign spy games.

2 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Trainspotting Texts Land Two Russian Women in Prison

Latest trial ended with conviction on espionage and treason charges for text message about Russian military transport.

2 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Belarusian Pre-Selections for Eurovision 2017: Contest or Freak Show?

Even after multiple failures, and questionable performances, Belarus keeps hoping to steal the show at the upcoming Eurovision song contest.

1 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Islam Now Harder to Register as Official Religion in Slovakia

New legislation is the latest in a series of moves reflecting a tough line against migrants. 

1 December 2016
Politics
More of the Same

Kazakhstan jails activists, plans a Great Firewall to stifle online dissent. From The Conversation. 

By Nurseit Niyazbekov
1 December 2016
Around the Bloc
How Romanian Trump-Friendly Site Became Facebook Star

A news startup stirred up more buzz on social media during U.S. election season than well-funded major media.

1 December 2016
Politics
The Body Politic

Are recent intrusions from Russian authorities into issues of private choice part of ‘biopolitical’ approach or just run-of-the-mill, moral posturing?

By Alevtina Kuzmenkova
29 November 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
OpEd: Part of a Pattern

The shooting of a Hungarian police officer by a neo-Nazi leader spotlights the group’s Russia ties and wider threat to the region.  

By Peter Kreko and Lorant Gyori
29 November 2016
Books
The Traumatic Birth of a Crimean Nation
How tradition, ethnic cleansing, and a difficult return home helped mold one people’s identity under the Soviet Union and after. By Lincoln Mitchell
22 November 2016
Society
Prison Is Part of Russia

Dissident artist Petr Pavlensky on FSB interrogations, guerilla war against the cops, and why left and right are irrelevant in prison.

By Petr Pavlensky
22 November 2016
Economy & Business
Op-Ed: Promises Waiting To Be Broken

Now is the time for southeast Europe to start an inclusive and just transition away from lignite, argues new research.

By Pippa Gallop
18 November 2016
Politics
PremiumFrom the Shores of Azov … to the Halls of Power?

A militarized corps that openly flaunts fascist symbols tries to transform itself into the leader of the ‘new right’ in Ukraine’s fractious political arena.

By Tatiana Kozak
17 November 2016
Arts & Culture
PremiumStargazing and Art in the North Caucasus

An art show in a remote observatory brings new perspectives on art, astronomy, and life in Russia. From The Guardian.  

11 November 2016
Society
PremiumWhat They Left Behind

An exhibition in Budapest charted the emotional map of immigration through lost, and partially found, objects.  

By Albert Akos
3 November 2016
Society
PremiumPayback Time for Prison Abuse

Russian activists dox prison official who allegedly ordered torture of inmates. From Global Voices. 

By Aric Toler
2 November 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
PremiumCombating ‘Hybrid Warfare’ in Estonia

A failed communist takeover of Tallinn in 1924 contains valuable lessons for holding out against potential invaders. 

By Prem Mahadevan
28 October 2016
Society
PremiumRoma on Display in Lithuania
A local entertainment agency offers “extreme” tours of a Vilnius Roma settlement, and the authorities seem powerless to stop it. From Locomotive.press.
26 October 2016

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
An Open Letter to My British and American Friends

Despair and dismay at the fading of the dreams of a post-1989 world.

By MARTIN EHL
16 November 2016
Ivory Tower
Lost and Found in Translation

Did Putin threaten to castrate a journalist? And why it matters to get it right.

By PETER RUTLAND
8 November 2016
The Fourth Estate
Media Behaving Badly

With public service media outlets endangered externally and internally, what about a European Court of Professional Media Conduct?

By PETER GROSS
2 November 2016
Middle Europa
The Dalai Lama Test

The Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Central Europe provides some answers to the state of Chinese relations, Havel’s legacy, and the scruples of individual politicians.

By MARTIN EHL
27 October 2016
Ivory Tower
Putin and the West: What Next?

Just when relations between Russia and the West seemed to have reached an all-time low, things have taken a turn for the worse this fall.

By PETER RUTLAND
17 October 2016
Balkan Eye
The Region That Did Not Win
How Bulgaria’s UN campaign sheds some light on Eastern Europe’s problems.By BOYKO VASSILEV
14 October 2016
Middle Europa
It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Poland and Hungary’s cultural counter-revolution follows naturally from the region’s economic and political developments.

By MARTIN EHL
13 October 2016

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