Around the Bloc
Serbia’s Joke Party Is No Laughing Matter

A student with practically no platform beyond satirizing the political elite is gaining ground ahead of the presidential vote.

24 March 2017
Around the Bloc
Hungarian Ex-Spy Chief Warns of Russian Influence

Interview with Ferenc Katrein gives insight into the world of Central European intelligence.

24 March 2017
Around the Bloc
More Arrests as Belarusian Crackdown Continues

President says militants funded from abroad planned ‘armed provocations.’

24 March 2017
Around the Bloc
Tips for Russians Traveling Abroad

Useful counsel from the Foreign Ministry: avoid racial slurs, don’t insult an Uzbek’s mother, and above all do not raise your eyebrows while in Britain.

24 March 2017
Around the Bloc
Putin Critic Gunned Down in Kyiv

Police chief says exiled former Duma MP Denis Voronenkov was likely the victim of a contract killing.

23 March 2017
Around the Bloc
The Vanishing Armenian Nose

More and more Armenians are paying to make their most prominent physical feature smaller.

23 March 2017
Around the Bloc
Huge Ukraine Arms Blast Blamed on Saboteurs

Thousands are being evacuated from area around military base near Kharkiv.

23 March 2017
The Emperor’s New Clothes

Can an ordinary Belarusian dress just like President Lukashenka?

By Paulina Kaltavicanka
22 March 2017
Economy & Business
Islamic Banking Could Be Coming to the North Caucasus

A newly launched business association will try to navigate between Islamic law and Russian legislation. 

20 March 2017
Arts & Culture
PremiumArt in Ruins

Street art speaks to locals in Mostar.

By Bruno Stojcic and Asja Celebic
10 March 2017
Arts & Culture
PremiumKyiv: A City of Murals

Will the Ukrainian capital become a new center of street art culture?

By Viktoria Ischenko
9 March 2017
Arts & Culture
PremiumGirl Power Through Grafitti, from Prague to New York

The co-director of a documentary on female graffiti artists talks about the origins of the movement in Central Europe, the scene on the two sides of the Atlantic, and its future in the digital world. 

By Miyu Hayashi
7 March 2017
Convert and Love: Russia’s Muslim Wives

Russian women marrying Muslim men convert to Islam in the certainty that a shared religion will strengthen their family, but most often cultural differences often win out. From openDemocracy.

By Ekaterina Neroznikova
2 March 2017
Sex Ed in Moldova: Easier Said Than Done
Despite several legislative attempts, and support at many level of society, the subject remains off-limits to the vast majority of Moldovan students. From Ziarul de Garda. By Maria Shvetz
1 March 2017
PremiumStanding Up For “Parasites”

The anger in Belarus over a tax on the unemployed and other supposed freeloaders can be justified through the absurdity of the law itself.  

By Andrei Yeliseyeu
27 February 2017
Moldovan Homecoming

After years of living and working abroad, can homeward-bound Moldovans make their entrepreneurial dreams come true? From Ziarul de Garda.

By Liliya Zakharia
22 February 2017
Pyrrhic Victory for Georgia’s United National Movement

Although Mikheil Saakashvili retained the UNM’s brand after its split, has he also damaged the party’s chances at acting as a stable opposition force?

By JAM News
20 February 2017
PremiumPrepaid Surveillance

The Polish authorities are sacrificing citizens’ fundamental rights in a misguided strategy to increase security.

By Anna Obem
17 February 2017
Protecting Eastern European Journalists, Before It’s Too Late

More than half a year after the death of journalist Pavel Sheremet, his colleagues are frustrated about the apparent lack of progress in finding his killers. From Hromadske. 

16 February 2017
Newspapers Without News

Moldova has been a regional leader in open government, but the media recently launched a campaign to highlight backtracking on commitments to greater transparency.

14 February 2017


Peter Rutland
Cries From Syria

The world watched, and watched, and watched.

17 March 2017
Middle Europa
Poland’s Deceptive Enthusiasm for Europe

Some Poles actually aren’t so comfortable with the values that the EU is pushing.

15 March 2017
The Fourth Estate
No Hope in Sight

Given the media’s role in recent elections, only a fool would think this year will be any better. 

3 March 2017
Middle Europa
Hungary Gaining Momentum Premium
Could we be seeing, finally, the dawn of a viable alternative to one-party rule?By MARTIN EHL
24 February 2017
Ivory Tower
Introducing Trumpology Premium

Flynn’s departure complicates the notion of a radical shift of U.S. policy on Russia, but how likely was that anyway?

15 February 2017
Middle Europa
Why Vladimir Meets Viktor Premium

Putin’s visit to Budapest is yet another signal of changing loyalties and orientations – once unthinkable just a few years ago. 

1 February 2017
The Fourth Estate
Evolution Gone Wrong Premium

Predicting media development in Romania after it happens.

30 January 2017



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