Society
Georgia’s Twisted Transition

A misguided love affair with neoliberalism has pushed aside citizens’ well-being and even democracy. From openDemocracy.

By Bakar Berekashvili
4 May 2015
Around the Bloc
Fighting Flares in Ukraine, More Bad News for Media in Ex-Soviet Region

Plus, Albania’s parliament votes to open secret police files, and Russia’s Night Wolves ride into Germany.

By Timothy Spence
4 May 2015
Around the Bloc
Vienna Court Rejects U.S. Pursuit of Ukrainian Oligarch, Kosovo Graft Accuser Lambastes EU Report

Plus, the ‘Normandy Four’ leaders confer on Ukraine, and Russia looks set to extend its ban on food imports.

By Brian Kenety, Evgeny Deulin, Casper Frederiksen, and Barbara Frye
1 May 2015
Around the Bloc
Journalists Increasingly Muzzled, Ukraine’s Economy Increasingly Battered

Plus, a Czech court considers gay adoption and the Balkans’ population continues to dwindle. 

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
30 April 2015
Conflict & Diplomacy
How Russia, the West, and China Made the World a Less Secure Place

The ‘Ukrainian Crisis’ has grave implications for the future of nonproliferation.

By Andreas Umland
30 April 2015
Around the Bloc
EU Adepts Nervous Ahead of Riga Summit, Orban Calls for Death Penalty Debate

Plus, Belarusian IT leaders decry arrest of high-flying financier; embarrassment in Russia over Nazis on a billboard and undulating girls at a war monument.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
29 April 2015
Around the Bloc
EU and Ukraine Spin Their Wheels, One Dies in Bosnia Police Station Shooting

Plus, Tajikistani police take a dim view of long beards, and a Macedonian train disaster underlines the region’s migration crisis.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
28 April 2015
Around the Bloc
Nazarbaev Wins Fifth Term in Astana, Armenia Marks Genocide Centenary

Plus, Putin says U.S. spies backed Islamic rebels in the North Caucasus, and Poland plans to block a Russian motorcycle gang.

By Timothy Spence
27 April 2015

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Yellow Cards in Slovakia

The country’s star political playmaker could be losing his touch.

By MARTIN EHL
28 April 2015
The New EU
LOL in the CR

The Czech president’s ham-handed approach to his Victory Day trip to Moscow causes mirth in the cyber sphere and unease for his Slovak ally.

By KATERINA SAFARIKOVA
15 April 2015
Middle Europa
In Poland, a Tragedy of Negligence, a Legacy of Blame

Five years after the Smolensk crash, the most pressing lessons seem not to have been learned.

By MARTIN EHL
14 April 2015
Balkan Eye
Mysterious Ways

An odd Bulgarian debate raises the question of how agenda-setting works.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
2 April 2015
Middle Europa
Innovation as Weapon

It’s not only mighty militaries that make countries strong.

By MARTIN EHL
24 March 2015
Middle Europa
Not so Quiet on the Eastern Front

Patriotism is in fashion again, as Lithuania’s fears of Russia lead to a discussion on renewing conscription.

By MARTIN EHL
10 March 2015
Balkan Eye
An Old Love Story with New Meaning

What have we lost with the fading of Mitteleuropa as a place and a state of mind?

By BOYKO VASSILEV
5 March 2015

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