People
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
Around the Bloc
Twin Peaks Creator Takes the Caucasus

David Lynch plans to launch film festival and cinematography institute in Georgia. 

20 September 2017
Around the Bloc
New Revelations From 'Azerbaijani Laundromat' Could Shake German Elections

A representative from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party allegedly received payments as part of the money laundering operation.

20 September 2017
Around the Bloc
Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

Controversial Czech firm pulls out of deal, raising questions about what comes next. From EurasiaNet.org.

By Nurjamal Djanibekova
20 September 2017
Around the Bloc
Wide Differences in Deployment of Human Capital Across Region

While there are some stars, many countries are still unable to maximize the potential of their potentially rich human resources, to the detriment of their economies.

19 September 2017
Around the Bloc
Albania Debates Ban on Communist Symbols
After a generation of rapid change, the legacy of former regimes remains a live issue across much of Europe.
19 September 2017
Around the Bloc
Washington, Kyiv Dismiss Putin Peacekeeper Plan: Report

White House envoy says he will discuss the Ukraine war with Kremlin official next month.

18 September 2017
Around the Bloc
Moscow’s New Ultra-Modern Park Wins Praise

More amusement zone than traditional island of greenery, Zaryadye Park is a sibling of New York’s High Line.

18 September 2017
Opinion
Lessons 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
Society
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
Environment
'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
Politics
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
People
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
Society
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
Economy & Business
Eurasian Union Luster Starts to Fade in Armenia

While Russia remains Armenia’s guarantor of security and most important trading partner, resentment over the hugely unequal relationship is growing. From JAMnews. 

By Naira Hayrumyan
17 August 2017
People
Alexei Navalny and the Moral Pillars of Democracy
Will the restoration of democratic institutions in Russia usher in a liberal paradise? The answer could very well be 'no.' From openDemocracy. By William Echols
15 August 2017
Arts & Culture
The Deep Delights of Old Goris

With cave dwellings going back centuries, the picturesque Armenian town has all it takes to be a popular tourist attraction. From JAMnews. 

11 August 2017
Around the Bloc
Premium‘Bulgarian Las Vegas’ Granted Priority Investment Status

The sprawling, Chinese-led St. Sofia project will include hotels, casinos, office spaces and residential areas. 

10 August 2017
Society
Georgia’s Invisible Brides

‘A woman who was kidnapped should tolerate everything, there is no other way out,’ a victim believes, whereas the men responsible rarely face serious punishment. From JAMnews. 

By Naniko Sisvadze
4 August 2017
People
Strangers in Their Own Land

Displaced by the war in the east of Ukraine, ethnic Roma struggle to find acceptance elsewhere amid enduring racism and prejudice. From Hromadske.

By Anastasia Kanareva and Bogdan Kinashchuk
24 July 2017

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Whose Values?

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

By MARTIN EHL
12 September 2017
Ivory Tower
Shirtless Putin and the Future of Russia

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

By PETER RUTLAND
4 September 2017
Middle Europa
Tread Lightly, Mr. President

Could Macron’s tactics on workers’ pay backfire and benefit the region’s populists?

By MARTIN EHL
31 August 2017
Balkan Eye
An Unmitigated Breakthrough Premium

Bulgaria and Macedonia sign a historical treaty that could prove a key turning point in a region riddled with identity questions.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
29 August 2017
Fourth Estate
Be Wary of ‘Progressive’ Journalism Premium

Activist, ideologically driven reporting isn’t what we need to fight back against the endemic media capture across the region. 

By PETER GROSS
24 August 2017
Middle Europa
In Defense of Jaroslaw Kaczynski Premium

Behind the Polish strongman’s drive for legislative changes lie issues that need to be addressed. 

By MARTIN EHL
31 July 2017
Balkan Eye
In Class or in Jail? Premium

A summer of attacks by Roma has Bulgaria again looking for answers, but, this time, politicians might actually be serious about it.     

By BOYKO VASSILEV
19 July 2017

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