Around the Bloc
Kazakhstan School Hijab Ban Upheld

Adopted in January, the ban, which prohibits any kind of religiously affiliated clothing, has not deterred students from wearing hijabs until now.

21 October 2016
Around the Bloc
Azerbaijan Govt. Accused of Unrelenting Crackdown on Critics
A report released by Human Rights Watch describes the extent of continuing human rights infringements.
21 October 2016
Around the Bloc
Albania’s Two-Headed Refugee Crisis
While the number of Albanians seeking asylum in Germany spikes again, the country is also facing a domestic refugee problem.
21 October 2016
Around the Bloc
Romania the Leanest, Central Europe and Baltics Among Heaviest In the EU

Eurostat survey shows positive correlation between age and obesity, and a drop in obesity as education levels increase. 

21 October 2016
Around the Bloc
Estonia to Engage More Women in Military

As the Baltic states build military capacity, Estonia hopes to recruit women for its defense forces.

20 October 2016
Around the Bloc
China Flexes Its Muscles in Central Europe

China threatens to take action against Slovakia after President Andrej Kiska meets with the Dalai Lama, while Czechs send mixed signals.

20 October 2016
Around the Bloc
Fate of Kazakh Land Reform Protesters Likely ‘Sealed’

Observers feel a guilty verdict is inevitable, as critics accuse government of launching a smear campaign against activists through friendly media. 

20 October 2016
Around the Bloc
Montenegro Opposition Disputes Election Results

Opposition parties are trying to form a coalition to send long-serving PM Djukanovic into political retirement. 

19 October 2016
Double Discrimination
Despite high rates of social stigma, and reduced access to education, disabled Armenian girls and women are striving for a better life. By
8 October 2016
Around the Bloc
PremiumInto the Mainstream

As Czech students headed back to class this fall, their schools started implementing a long-awaited law that could finally end the de facto segregation of Roma students – though activists remain skeptical. 

By Barbara Levin
3 October 2016
Arts and Culture
PremiumArt and Politics Do Mix

A showcase of artists in Prague provides a reminder that art can be a powerful political tool. 

By Anna Bisikalo
29 September 2016
PremiumTrump, Putin and Race

The real reason behind this odd bromance.

By Peter Rutland
27 September 2016
PremiumKosovo’s Booby-Trapped Field of Dreams

Serbian scholar Ivan Colovic’s new book is a powerful study of the struggle for mythmaking rights to a signal event in Balkan history.

By Uffe Andersen
23 September 2016
Economy & Business
PremiumCzech Ingenuity Puts New Shine on Endangered Craft

After barely making it through the ’90s and limping through the 2008 crash, Bohemia’s fabled decorative glass industry is on the rise again.

By Sandra Dondenne
20 September 2016
Proxy War for the Soul of Kazakhstan
Once a high roller on the political scene, now a wanted man, a former Almaty mayor makes his case for heroic status alongside the country’s founding father. By Robert A. Saunders
19 September 2016
How Kosovo’s Public Television Lost Its Luster

After years of praise for its editorial coverage, political interference jeopardizes the future of Kosovo's public broadcaster.

By Naser Miftari
14 September 2016
PremiumFrom Lads to Lords

In post-Soviet Russia, many a future tycoon learned the merits of teamwork, discipline, and respect for authority on the mean streets.

By Maxim Edwards
7 September 2016
Arts & Culture
PremiumBeauty and the East
Is it time to kick our addiction to ruin porn? From The Calvert Journal.
By Jamie Rann
6 September 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.

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.

13 October 2016
The Fourth Estate
Not-So-Phantom Menace Premium
Reporters Without Borders warns of increasing oligarch control over the media and the effect that is having on journalism in Eastern Europe and beyond.By PETER GROSS
3 October 2016
Middle Europa
A Referendum on Fear Premium
On Sunday, Hungarians will express just how much they fear an influx of refugees.By MARTIN EHL
30 September 2016
Middle Europa
Forgotten Champion

Though Romania rarely makes its way into the international press, the country should be lauded for its recent progress.

14 September 2016
The Fourth Estate
War of Words Premium

Recent “news” about a transfer of U.S. nuclear weapons to Romania showcased how disinformation, whether Russian-initiated or not, can benefit Moscow. 

9 September 2016


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