Around the Bloc
Gorbachev Banned From Ukraine

Former Soviet leader won’t be able to visit for five years because of support for Crimea annexation.

27 May 2016
Around the Bloc
Romanian Cinema Feted Yet Again

After more success for the country’s films at the Cannes Film Festival, talk again has turned to the prolonged run of quality that the country has managed for over a decade.

27 May 2016
Around the Bloc
Allegations of First Family Corruption in Azerbaijan

OCCRP investigation accuses president of using the state to bail out his daughters’ mining failure.

27 May 2016
Around the Bloc
EU to Bosnia: Publish the Census

Brussels says long-delayed failure to publish the results could harm country’s EU aspirations.

27 May 2016
Around the Bloc
Estonian Museum Wins Prestigious Award

The transformation of a Soviet-era airbase into an ethnographic museum has been controversial, but just won international recognition for its innovative and environmentally friendly design.

27 May 2016
Around the Bloc
Czechs to Increase Monitoring of Foreign Propaganda
Worried about influence of Russia and other states on the local media scene, the Czech government has announced plans to set up a special team to pay closer attention.
26 May 2016
Around the Bloc
Ancient Forest Axed in Poland
Officials say the operation aims to prevent “forest degradation,” while activists counter with charges of violating EU law for ulterior motives.
26 May 2016
Around the Bloc
Kremlin Critic Taken Off the Air
A popular talk show on Ekho Moskvy, a bastion of independence in Russia, goes silent.
26 May 2016
Politics
Counting down to Russia’s 2016 Duma Elections

As Russia gears up for parliamentary elections this autumn, how can the country's embattled opposition and civil society offer a real contest to the Kremlin's "imitation democracy"?

By Janek Lasocki
20 May 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
Turning Our Backs on Ukraine
Two years after the tumultuous events of 2014, Ukraine is falling out of international media — with consequences for Ukraine’s democracy. From OpenDemocracy. By Ian Bateson
13 May 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
Servants of the State

Veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War in Tajikistan cast themselves as loyal partners of the Rahmon regime. More than political opportunism, this approach resonates with rhetoric inherited from the Soviet era. 

By Markus Göransson
12 May 2016
Society
Premium"Total Control" of Islam

The Tajik authorities are in the midst of an all-out campaign to regulate all aspects of Muslim activity, say human rights defenders. From Forum 18.

By Mushfig Bayram
6 May 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
PremiumRecognition Math and the Status of Nagorno-Karabakh

As tensions reached the boiling point in Nagorno-Karabakh last month, the breakaway region saw support from some unlikely allies: U.S. state governments.

By Ann Tsurtsumia-Zurabashvili
3 May 2016

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Who is the Polish Opposition Now?

Civic activists appear to have a better chance at effecting change than traditional parties.

By MARTIN EHL
10 May 2016
Balkan Eye
A Boy’s Own Tale of Chernobyl Premium

How a nuclear error hundreds of miles away helped start a war of the worlds in Bulgaria.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
5 May 2016
Middle Europa
Sense of (In)security Premium

The liberal approach to politics and to life is losing ground as populists take advantage of a fear of the unknown.

By MARTIN EHL
28 April 2016
MIDDLE EUROPA
A Hard Sell Premium
The Poles, like the Hungarians before them, are trying to figure out how to improve their image abroad. It won’t be easy.By MARTIN EHL
12 April 2016
BALKAN EYE
Anatomy of Fear Premium

Anxious and panicky though Bulgarians may feel, the Brussels attacks brought home to the majority that the EU is the only option they have.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
6 April 2016
Middle Europa
Slovakia: Dancing With the Devil Premium

Grim forebodings over the arrival of ultra-rightists in the Slovak parliament.

By MARTIN EHL
9 March 2016
BALKAN EYE
Farmers Versus Truckers Premium

The Greco-Bulgarian border issue is a metaphor for Europe.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
1 March 2016

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