Society
Everybody Loves Volodya

With Putin’s approval ratings sky-high, have even his critics changed their minds – or have they just found the door?

By Barbara Frye
7 July 2015
Around the Bloc
No Jury Trial for Savchenko, Police Break Up Yerevan Protest

Plus, Lithuania and the U.S. announce joint military training, and Kosovo’s Bosniaks call for more mother-tongue university education.

By Clare Speak, Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, and Timothy Spence
7 July 2015
Around the Bloc
Armenia to Buy Russian Missiles, Serbian Premier Pegs Srebrenica Visit to Results of UN Vote

Plus, Russia denounces Poland’s ‘war of monuments,’ and Ukraine’s first professionalized traffic cops graduate.

By Timothy Spence
6 July 2015
Around the Bloc
Moscow Blasts Draft MH17 Report, UN Asks Hungary to Rethink Tighter Asylum Proposals

Plus, a self-described IS militant uses social media to denounce his native Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan fumes over a separatist’s invitation to London.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
3 July 2015
Society
Croatia’s Cold Civil War

Recent clashes between veterans and police have exposed a societal rift that dates back to at least World War II.

By Uffe Andersen
3 July 2015
Around the Bloc
Russia Says It Can Defy Strasbourg Court, Hungary Woos Legion of Emigrants

Plus, Georgia’s economic slowdown worsens, and Macedonia’s Zaev dares authorities to come and get him.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
2 July 2015
Around the Bloc
Siemens Reportedly Skirts Sanctions on Crimea, Kremlin Slates UN Srebrenica Resolution

Plus, EU to help ‘frontline’ Hungary with migrant influx, and energy challenges lie ahead for Kazakhstan.

By Clare Speak, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Thomas Chan Tsz Chun
1 July 2015
Conflict & Diplomacy
Is This the End of the Caucasus Emirate?

As several North Caucasus commanders transfer their allegiance to the Islamic State, an IS spokesman announces the creation of a ‘Caucasus Province.’ From openDemocracy.

By Regis Gente
1 July 2015

COLUMNS

BALKAN EYE
Powers and Plots

A steady supply of conspiracy theories helps Eastern Europeans (and many others) to cope – by not coping.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
2 July 2015
Middle Europa
Not Exactly Friends of Greece

After a sometimes-traumatic transition, then austerity, post-communist countries especially have lost patience with Athens.

By MARTIN EHL
30 June 2015
The New EU
Which Refugees are ‘Threatening’ the Czechs?

When a government minister says accepting 1,853 migrants could destroy his country, it’s Europe’s hard-won freedoms that are really under attack.

By KATERINA SAFARIKOVA
18 June 2015
Middle Europa
In (Russian) News We Trust?

We are fighting the information war with rusty weapons.

By MARTIN EHL
9 June 2015
Balkan Eye
Thunder Near the Powder House

What is the price of failed Roma integration in Bulgaria?

By BOYKO VASSILEV
4 June 2015
Middle Europa
Out of Nowhere

Does the shocking election victory of Poland’s new president represent a sea change on the political scene?

By MARTIN EHL
26 May 2015
Middle Europa
A Wake-up Call in Poland

The incumbent president’s second-place finish in the first round of elections throws Polish politics into disarray.

By MARTIN EHL
12 May 2015

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