Conflict & Diplomacy
Bridge over Troubled Water

A village on the “border” of one of the self-proclaimed separatist areas shows the complexity of carrying out international plans to withdraw troops from Eastern Ukraine.

By Tatiana Kozak
7 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Ordinary Russians Might Get a Taste of Kremlin Delicacies

Planned online shop will feature dairy products previously only available to the political elite.

7 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Transylvanian Pilgrimage Site Latest Bone of Contention between Ethnic Hungarians and Romanians

Less than a week before parliamentary elections, Ministry of Culture accused of not supporting the push for a potential UNESCO site. 

7 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Azerbaijan Cozies Up to New Friends for the Holidays

Choice of Washington, D.C.’s Trump-owned hotel for a ‘freedom and diversity’ Hanukkah party raises eyebrows.

6 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Praise and Derision for Russian Banker’s PR Stunt

Sberbank chief's Robocop-like appearance fuels buzz on the huge gap between the privileged and ordinary people.

6 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Turkmen Journalist Arrested for Tobacco Possession

Critics believe arrests and threats against reporters are part of a larger, ongoing campaign to silence voices of dissent. 

6 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Kremlin’s New Cybersecurity Bible Targets Foreign Threats

Russia needs to keep pace with rest of world in IT and set up a national internet control system, Putin says.

6 December 2016
Around the Bloc
Serbia, Bulgaria Eye Lucrative Airport Selloffs

Rising passenger numbers at Southern Europe, Eastern European airports push growth across the EU.

6 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
Politics
The Body Politic

Are recent intrusions from Russian authorities into issues of private choice part of ‘biopolitical’ approach or just run-of-the-mill, moral posturing?

By Alevtina Kuzmenkova
29 November 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
OpEd: Part of a Pattern

The shooting of a Hungarian police officer by a neo-Nazi leader spotlights the group’s Russia ties and wider threat to the region.  

By Peter Kreko and Lorant Gyori
29 November 2016
Books
PremiumThe Traumatic Birth of a Crimean Nation
How tradition, ethnic cleansing, and a difficult return home helped mold one people’s identity under the Soviet Union and after. By Lincoln Mitchell
22 November 2016
Society
PremiumPrison Is Part of Russia

Dissident artist Petr Pavlensky on FSB interrogations, guerilla war against the cops, and why left and right are irrelevant in prison.

By Petr Pavlensky
22 November 2016
Economy & Business
PremiumOp-Ed: Promises Waiting To Be Broken

Now is the time for southeast Europe to start an inclusive and just transition away from lignite, argues new research.

By Pippa Gallop
18 November 2016
Politics
PremiumFrom the Shores of Azov … to the Halls of Power?

A militarized corps that openly flaunts fascist symbols tries to transform itself into the leader of the ‘new right’ in Ukraine’s fractious political arena.

By Tatiana Kozak
17 November 2016
Arts & Culture
PremiumStargazing and Art in the North Caucasus

An art show in a remote observatory brings new perspectives on art, astronomy, and life in Russia. From The Guardian.  

11 November 2016
Society
PremiumWhat They Left Behind

An exhibition in Budapest charted the emotional map of immigration through lost, and partially found, objects.  

By Albert Akos
3 November 2016
Society
PremiumPayback Time for Prison Abuse

Russian activists dox prison official who allegedly ordered torture of inmates. From Global Voices. 

By Aric Toler
2 November 2016
Conflict & Diplomacy
PremiumCombating ‘Hybrid Warfare’ in Estonia

A failed communist takeover of Tallinn in 1924 contains valuable lessons for holding out against potential invaders. 

By Prem Mahadevan
28 October 2016
Society
PremiumRoma on Display in Lithuania
A local entertainment agency offers “extreme” tours of a Vilnius Roma settlement, and the authorities seem powerless to stop it. From Locomotive.press.
26 October 2016

COLUMNS

The Fourth Estate
Suicide Artists

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

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

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

By PETER RUTLAND
8 November 2016
The Fourth Estate
Media Behaving Badly

With public service media outlets endangered externally and internally, what about a European Court of Professional Media Conduct?

By PETER GROSS
2 November 2016
Middle Europa
The Dalai Lama Test

The Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Central Europe provides some answers to the state of Chinese relations, Havel’s legacy, and the scruples of individual politicians.

By MARTIN EHL
27 October 2016
Ivory Tower
Putin and the West: What Next?

Just when relations between Russia and the West seemed to have reached an all-time low, things have taken a turn for the worse this fall.

By PETER RUTLAND
17 October 2016
Balkan Eye
The Region That Did Not Win
How Bulgaria’s UN campaign sheds some light on Eastern Europe’s problems.By BOYKO VASSILEV
14 October 2016

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