Around the Bloc
Protests Swell in Romania against Amnesty Law

Critics, including President Klaus Iohannis, say changes to the penal code would represent a green light for corruption. 

23 January 2017
Around the Bloc
‘Droneboarding’ Adds to Winter Fun in Latvia

Still a work in progress, the tech project could also be used in search and rescue operations thanks to the drone’s lifting power. 

23 January 2017
Around the Bloc
Ivana Trump Reportedly Shied Away from Helping Czech Dissidents

Former Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg tells local press that he appealed to former Mrs. Trump in the 1980s – in vain. 

23 January 2017
Around the Bloc
US, Britain Say Rolls-Royce Bribed Kazakh and Azeri Officials

British firm to pay $800 million in fines for corruption over decades in nearly a dozen countries.

20 January 2017
Around the Bloc
Austria Mulls New Controls on Slovak Border

Trains could be patrolled by soldiers under plan drafted by defense, interior ministers.

20 January 2017
Around the Bloc
Cheers, Caveats Greet Birth of Ukraine’s ‘Three-Parent Baby’

Ethics, safety concerns hang over the controversial treatment, so far approved by medical regulators only in the UK.

20 January 2017
Around the Bloc
Facebook Snafu Briefly Silences Russia’s RT

The huge state-funded international broadcaster also loses access to Twitter-based data mining service.

20 January 2017
Around the Bloc
Big Protests in Romania Against Amnesty Bill

The proposed amnesty law, and changes to the criminal code, would set free around 2,500 people, including notorious politicians involved in graft and abuse-of-power cases. 

19 January 2017
Arts & Culture
How to Save Armenfilm

A group of young people have united around the idea of reviving Armenia’s once renowned but now run-down studio, but it won’t be easy. 

By JAMnews
18 January 2017
Society
Moldovan Prisons: Judged and Found Wanting

Critics from the Council of Europe to the government itself say Moldova needs a more humane prison system. And they’ve kept on saying it for years.

By Zarina Alimbaeva
16 January 2017
Education
Love the Briber, Hate the Bribe
Universities have been capitalizing on the cognitive dissonance governing informal payments in Ukraine. By Abel Polese and Tetiana Stepurko
12 January 2017
Society
Boosting Female Presence in the Armenian Military

Going against established gender roles, the Armenian army's initiative to include women in its ranks proved a success. From EurasiaNet.org. 

By Emil Danielyan
5 January 2017
Society
The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained
Those eager to polish their Russian, or to simply pepper their conversations with witticisms, are in for a treat. From Global Voices. By Yulia Savitskaya
2 January 2017
TOL Top 10
Best of TOL for 2016

Our favorite stories of the year.

28 December 2016
Politics
Toning It Down

President-elect Igor Dodon’s rhetoric and actions might differ in practice from his promises during the electoral campaign, analysts believe. 

By Tamara Grejdeanu
23 December 2016
People
The Anger Beneath

For those seeking a Western orientation for Moldova’s future, the victory of Igor Dodon was a devastating loss – as their opinions aired in a popular Moldovan newspaper showed all too clear. From Ziarul de Garda.

22 December 2016
Education
In Bulgaria, An Oasis of Play and Learning

Two British women set out to add color and creativity to the lives of children in a large refugee center.  

By Boryana Dzhambazova
19 December 2016
Politics
PremiumDiaspora vs. Moldova

The West-leaning candidate lost the presidential election despite overwhelming support from expatriate voters, raising many questions.

By Natalia Ghilascu
16 December 2016
Books
Two Stories From a Cosmopolitan Caucasus

Post-colonial theory has reshaped the ways we read world literatures, but has yet to make its mark on a richly diverse part of Eurasia.

By Rebecca Gould
14 December 2016
Politics
PremiumSocial Democrats Set to Win Romanian Parliamentary Elections

Their probable return to power sparks concern about an anti-corruption drive that has gained momentum under government led by technocratic Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos. 

By Ioana Caloianu
9 December 2016
Society
Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Soaring unemployment and an economic crisis are pushing more and more Azerbaijanis to seek their fortunes abroad.

By JAMnews
5 December 2016

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot

The recent scandals of the Polish opposition were of its own making, and have set back attempts to unnerve the ruling party.

By MARTIN EHL
13 January 2017
Ivory Tower
The Return of Kremlinology

Whatever the truth about who knew what and about whom, it is clear that the Kremlin sees itself locked in an ideological war. 

By PETER RUTLAND
12 January 2017
Ivory Tower
Putin and Trump: Where From Here? Premium

They might outwardly seem willing to wheel and deal. But it’s increasingly difficult to see how any agreement might actually look.

By PETER RUTLAND
20 December 2016
Middle Europa
The Question of the Poor East Premium

A success story at first glance, southeastern Poland’s development is still lagging behind in areas needed to make the locals happy.  

By MARTIN EHL
12 December 2016
The Fourth Estate
Suicide Artists Premium

Russian journalists continue to die under suspicious circumstances both in and out of their country, while the world watches.

By PETER GROSS
6 December 2016
Middle Europa
An Open Letter to My British and American Friends Premium

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 Premium

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

By PETER RUTLAND
8 November 2016

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