Politics
A Different Kind of Role Model

The Brexiting UK is likely to acquire a capacity to further befog international relations, not least those concerning new and prospective EU members.

By Tihomir Loza
24 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Skyrocketing Female Suicide Attempts in Kazakhstan

Recent surge in suicide rates among young women in southern province brings uncomfortable issues to the forefront of public debate.

24 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Excitement and Scepticism over Nazi Treasure Hunt in Poland

Search for elusive WWII-era train supposedly filled with Nazi loot continues in Poland, despite a lack of evidence confirming its existence. 

24 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Trump Aides Lobbied Covertly Against Release of Yulia Tymoshenko From Jail

Consulting firm run by Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, reportedly tried to undercut support for the imprisoned Ukrainian politician.

24 August 2016
Around the Bloc
A Rare Bright Spot in Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption

Health Ministry buoyed by better procurement system, but electronic asset declaration hits a snag.

24 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Georgia Says It Foiled Plot to Bomb Pipeline

Seven held on terrorism and other charges after explosives, weapons found near Tbilisi.

23 August 2016
Society
Supply and Demand

Due to an increasingly restrictive border regime along the ‘Balkan route,’ the business of people smuggling is on the rise.

By Sebastian Zimmermann
23 August 2016
Around the Bloc
Prague City Hall Approved Anti-Islam Stunt

Controversial activist, previously charged with hate speech, brings his campaign against immigration to the city’s historic heart.

23 August 2016
Society
Armenia’s Crisis and the Legacy of Victory

More than 20 years after it ended, Armenia is still experiencing the burden of victory in the war over Nagorno Karabakh. From openDemocracy.

By Tom de Waal
12 August 2016
Society
Where It’s Illegal to Make Noise in Churches and Cemeteries

Who are the Russians being tried for ‘hooliganism’ under Article 213 of the criminal code?

By Elena Shmaraeva
11 August 2016
Society
In Search of a Turkmen Nation

How the bizarre eccentricities of the country’s leaders and a wealth of new customs are contributing to the creation of ‘invented traditions.’

By Abel Polese
8 August 2016
Education
School Wars

Kids, teachers, even the president agree: Lithuania’s alarming level of school bullying is just one of many ills that are spreading misery across society.

By Linas Jegelevicius
3 August 2016
Society
The Czech Super Bowl

The popularity of “American” football in the lands of Bohemia and Moravia has been growing as local talent and foreign imports team up for the love of the game.

By Elizabeth Potter and Michael Bacos
1 August 2016
Politics
NATO and Russia: The Road Ahead

Did the Warsaw Summit represent a significant new development – as is argued both by NATO lobbyists and by the blowhards in Moscow?

By Peter Rutland
25 July 2016
Society
Yazidis on Edge

Armenia’s largest ethnic minority fears the impact of administrative reform on local-language education.

By epress.am
21 July 2016
Society
Cubing in Prague

The Czech capital hosts the 2016 European Rubik’s Cube Championship, as the cube, a Hungarian invention, comes home to Central Europe.

By Elizabeth Potter and Gillian Rochkind
20 July 2016
Books
With Blinders On

Russia’s privileged young millennials are savvy and sophisticated but also disillusioned, paranoid, and politically apathetic.

By Violeta Davoliute
19 July 2016

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
The Dangers of Patriotic Tourism

Central Europeans are often spending their holidays at home these days – good for the local economy, but not for the local mentality.

By MARTIN EHL
18 August 2016
Balkan Eye
Projecting Soft Power Through Hard Talk

Western envoys have often played the role of gadfly in Bulgarian affairs, to good effect.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
10 August 2016
Middle Europa
The King of Populism Looks for a Challenger

Czech President Milos Zeman is stepping up the political ante by mentioning a Brexit-like referendum.

By MARTIN EHL
26 July 2016
Balkan Eye
Bulgaria’s West-Bashers Embrace Brexit Premium
The EU’s poorest country these days is full of ‘wooden philosophers’ inspired alike by Michael Gove and Vladimir Putin.By BOYKO VASSILEV
6 July 2016
Middle Europa
After Brexit, Central Europe Feels Lonely  Premium

“Frenemies” will likely become the best way to describe the changed relationship between the region and Britain.

By MARTIN EHL
1 July 2016
Middle Europa
Facing Off Against Fascism Premium

The Slovak president and NGO sector are at least trying to figure out what to do next – unlike most of the political elite.

By MARTIN EHL
17 June 2016
Balkan Eye
Do I Love You More Than You Love Me? Premium
Take care next time you call Cyrillic ‘the Russian alphabet,’ for you will surely offend a Bulgarian.By BOYKO VASSILEV
3 June 2016

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