How Poroshenko Passed an Unpopular Law

The Ukrainian authorities tried to conceal the extension of a law granting special status to Donbas, while the parliament bowed to the president’s will. From Hromadske International.

By Nastya Stanko and Maksym Kamenev
17 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Albania Honors Its Most Famous Foreign Scholar

Robert Elsie, an internationally renowned Albanologist from Vancouver, was buried yesterday in an Albanian village after passing away on 2 October.

19 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Tajik Authorities Compile Registry of 367 ‘Proven’ Homosexuals

Although homosexuality is not illegal in the Central Asian country, people on the list will have to undergo STD testing.

18 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Lucky Few Profit From Prague’s ‘Shared Economy’

Some officials and locals fear the city center could become a ghost town without any sense of community.

18 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Roman Polanski Back in Poland for Documentary About his Childhood

Controversial Polish director, who is a fugitive from U.S. justice, faces new rape allegations.

18 October 2017
Around the Bloc
The Kremlin’s New Darling: Cryptocurrency

Putin adviser launches bitcoin mining company as Russia pushes alternatives to American dollar.

17 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Arrests Hit Croatia’s Biggest Company

Spiraling scandal at debt-ridden Agrokor could have a ripple effect across the Balkans.

17 October 2017
Around the Bloc
Kazakhstanis Fume Over Fuel Shortage

Soaring prices, long lines and disrupted traffic are common sights these days in Central Asia’s major oil producer.

17 October 2017
Russification or Expanding Opportunity?

As Georgian-language schools disappear in South Ossetia, supporters say the move will expand the horizons of local pupils, while critics claim discrimination. From JAMnews.

11 October 2017
Inside Tomsk’s Political Machine

The Siberian city’s gubernatorial election, rigged and managed from above, illustrates how the electoral system really works in many Russian regions. From openDemocracy.

By Rinat Miftakhov
29 September 2017
A Small Town in Bulgaria Sees Its Chance to Shine

Razgrad emerges from obscurity on the back of a local team’s international sporting success.

By Peter Georgiev
28 September 2017
Old Dog, New Tricks
Steven Seagal rediscovers celebrity in Central Asia, and the implications are alarming. From Global Voices. By Peter Paul Rankin
20 September 2017
PremiumLessons from Lenin

Those advocating for removing historical statues in the U.S. would be well-served to examine the debates in the former Soviet Union about tearing down the figures of the past.

By David Mould
14 September 2017
Singing from the Heart

Despite being stripped of its funding after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yerevan’s famed blind choir is still fighting for its existence. From JAMnews.

By Gayane Mkrtchyan
12 September 2017
'How Can I Not Go Into the Forest?'

Poaching in the Chernobyl zone continues, and it’s not hard to see why. From Euroradio.

8 September 2017
Macedonia's Former Ruling Party Accused of Inflaming Xenophobia Ahead of Local Elections
The anti-migrant campaign has led to violence against some journalists. From Global Voices. By Filip Stojanovski
7 September 2017
An Ever-Present Past

Four generations of Moldovan teachers talk about the lessons of Soviet-era deportations to Siberia. From Ziarul de Garda.

By Maria Svet
6 September 2017
Underground Belarusian
If you want your kids to grow up speaking Belarusian, you’ll need to fight for it. From openDemocracy. By Alena Spasyu
1 September 2017
Arts & Culture
How to Start a New Life in an Old Transylvanian village

Two young people from Bucharest brought to life the history and culinary traditions of an ethnic German village in Romania. From Decat o Revista. 

By Ana Maria Ciobanu and Mircea Restea
23 August 2017


Middle Europa
Uncharted Waters with Populists Ahead

The stakes are extremely high ahead of the Czech elections, which could be a potential game changer for the entire region. 

19 October 2017
Fourth Estate
A Mystery in Albania

Russia? Again? Buying, controlling, manipulating, using media in other countries?

17 October 2017
Balkan Eye
Top of the (Neighbors’) Pops

An interesting communist-era, TV-watching trend in the Balkans has its repercussions – even today. 

6 October 2017
Middle Europa
Late Bloomers

The Czech weapons that have appeared in Azerbaijan might indicate that Central Europeans are finally learning the realpolitik games of the West.

2 October 2017
Fourth Estate
Media Mis/Trust and Other Paradoxes Premium
Although the results of recent surveys in Central and Eastern Europe seem hard to piece together, they are telltales of the regional mood.By PETER GROSS
23 September 2017
Middle Europa
Whose Values? Premium

It doesn’t make sense to apply a postmodern interpretation of societies that are only now undergoing the modernization process.

12 September 2017
Ivory Tower
Shirtless Putin and the Future of Russia Premium

Should we read anything into the latest macho poses of the president?

4 September 2017


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