Around the Bloc

17 January 2018
Estonia Does Battle With Demographic Crisis

Policies put in place at the time of its 2004 EU accession might explain Tallinn’s success in avoiding large population drop-offs similar to those faced by its fellow Baltic neighbors.

17 January 2018
Murder of Serb Leader in Kosovo Thwarts Dialogue Attempt

Oliver Ivanovic was gunned down in broad daylight on the same day talks between Kosovo and Serbia were scheduled to begin.

16 January 2018
Romania’s Tudose Falls in Power Struggle

For the second time in less than a year, Social Democrat top brass push a prime minister out of office.

16 January 2018
Russia Mulls Bitcoin Regulation

Government proposal to legalize the trade would give cryptocurrencies a major boost.

16 January 2018
Without Fanfare, Hungary Actually Takes In Refugees

Country accepted 1,300 people last year in face of government’s official anti-Muslim and anti-migrant line.

Jiri Drahos
15 January 2018
Maverick Czech President Seeks Second Term
Runoff round will pit incumbent Zeman against a scientist with pro-EU leanings.
Lilyana Pavlova
15 January 2018
We’ve Earned Your Respect, Bulgaria Tells Brussels
Just days into its stint in the EU presidency, Bulgaria is stepping up its efforts to be accepted into the bloc’s inner sanctum.
12 January 2018
Pedophile Cop Scandal Engulfs Romanian Ministry of Interior

Ministers are at odds over police reshuffle, amid allegations that superiors turned a blind eye to suspect’s behavior.

11 January 2018
Russian Diabetes NGO Could be Punished as ‘Foreign Agent’

The organization is accused of spreading damaging information about healthcare funding gaps and medicine shortages.

11 January 2018
Milosevic Musical Coming to Kosovo

Director says the show explores the lives of ordinary Kosovans juxtaposed with the tragedy of the Serbian strongman.



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Moldovan diaries

The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.

This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes. 

It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.

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