Society
Serious Fun

Slowly but surely, activists across Eastern Europe and Eurasia are learning how games can change the minds and hearts of their fellow citizens.

By George Leech
12 July 2018
Around the Bloc
Visegrad Countries Put Up United Front Against Illegal Migrants

Slovakia has been the only V4 country to express willingness to take in up to 1,200 migrants, but only with the government’s consent.

16 July 2018
Around the Bloc
Kazakhstan’s Strongman Gains Even More Power

Meanwhile, celebrations of the establishment of Astana as the capital 20 years ago include a giant squirrel art installation.

13 July 2018
Media
Tajikistan Sentences Journalist to 12 Years in Jail

Khairullo Mirsaidov’s case has garnered little attention from the international community. From Eurasianet. 

12 July 2018
Around the Bloc
NATO Invites Macedonia to Begin Accession Talks

Poland, Baltic countries are anxiously watching the development of ongoing summit, hoping for increased security pledges.

12 July 2018
Around the Bloc
Israel Has Been Selling Firearms to Ukraine

The arms ended up being used by neo-Nazis, human right groups argue in a petition asking for the trade to stop.

11 July 2018
Around the Bloc
Investigation Into Albanian Communist-Era Victims Inches Closer to Reality

Progress in Tirana, but in nearby Serbia, another unsolved murder continues to cloud the country’s relations with the United States.

10 July 2018
Around the Bloc
Russia and Croatia Take World Cup Spotlight

Host country left the tournament after unexpectedly successful performance, while  its victorious opponent, Croatia, found itself surrounded by a number of controversies. 

10 July 2018
Society
Temporarily “Home”

A personal story of domestic violence illustrates the value of housing for the victims, but Moldova still has far to go before the country reaches European standards in tackling the problem.

By Victoria Borta
10 July 2018
People
No Quick Solutions for Turkish Asylum Seekers in Europe

Applications have soared since the 2016 failed coup attempt.

By Zeynep Yunculer
5 July 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
A War for Hearts and Minds
Almost 10 years on from the 2008 war, Georgian civil society – both informal and formal – is increasingly engaging in the country’s breakaway territories. From openDemocracy. By Tatiana Kozak
3 July 2018
Books
South Slavic Family Secrets

Goran Vojnovic is compelled to write on ‘how unbearably easily politics reaches into the intimacy of the family, how it tears it apart.’

By Uffe Andersen
26 June 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
If We Want to Be Like Romania, We Should Join NATO

The Moldovan government took a big step yesterday, approving a plan to eliminate conscription, but does the country really need a professional army? From Ziarul de Garda, a news and analysis site.

22 June 2018
Society
PremiumA Mood Makeover

A de facto ban on drinking alcohol has transformed the atmosphere around popular hangout spots in Istanbul, much to the chagrin of some locals.

By Cagri Sari
19 June 2018
Society
PremiumGet the Ball Rolling
As the FIFA World Cup kicks off, several countries from TOL's coverage region join host Russia in the running for the gold trophy. By Tyler Haughn
15 June 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
‘Hungary Is a Post-Truth Laboratory’

In an interview, prominent Hungarian political scientist Peter Kreko talks about fake news, Hungarian-style, the anti-Soros campaign, Hungarian-American relations, and more. From VSquare.

By Anita Komuves
8 June 2018
People
PremiumTajikistan: No Laughing Matter as Comedian Journalist Goes on Trial

Mirsaidov was swiftly arrested after complaining to the president about corruption. From Eurasianet.

8 June 2018
Politics
What We Know About the Man Accused of Plotting Babchenko’s Murder

The alleged mastermind before the assassination plot targeting the Russian journalist claims that he was a counterintelligence agent – or was he? From Hromadske International.

6 June 2018
People
Their Home

An Armenian organization is trying to step in where state support programs for the integration of orphans fall short. From JAMnews.

By Gayane Mkrtchyan
1 June 2018
Economy & Business
The Hand That Feeds
Despite a flow of funds from the EU, Gagauzia’s citizens still pine for Russia. From Ziarul de Garda. By Maxim Stratan
30 May 2018
Education
Under No Illusions

As new textbooks on Russian history, close to the Kremlin playbook, are rolled out in the country’s high schools, some teachers make clear that they are not so easily fooled.

By Wasse Jonkhans
23 May 2018
Society
PremiumA Childhood Spent in Prison
In Turkey, hundreds of kids, including toddlers, live in detention along with their mothers. By Cinar Livane Ozer
22 May 2018
Books
The Politics of Police Reform
According to a new book, destabilising episodes of violence and an experienced civil society sector are key parts of building consensus for police reform. From openDemocracy. By Alexander Kupatadze
15 May 2018
Society
Premium'Illegal, Discriminatory, and Arbitrary'

Six months after Ankara banned all public LGBTI events, not much has changed – including the determination of the community to fight back. Here's the view from a young Turkish LGBTI activist and journalist.

By Yildiz Tar
14 May 2018
People
PremiumTo Kill a Briber

In an interview with Hromadske, policy expert Alina Mungiu-Pippidi assesses the success of Ukraine's anti-corruption reforms.

By Mariia Ulianovska
11 May 2018
Society
Chernobyl Brought Italy and Belarus Closer Together
Their approach could do the same for other nations. From the Conversation. By Ekatherina Zhukova
9 May 2018
Media
PremiumAn Unlikely Twitter Star

The verdict will be announced next week in a trial that has rattled the upper echelons of the Turkish political elite, but it was a brave woman’s tweets that broke the media’s silence over the case.

By Can Semercioglu
8 May 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
How Western Condemnation Lets Russia Off the Hook

International criticism is shaping the strategic direction of Putin’s fourth term. From The Conversation.

By Gerhard Schnyder
4 May 2018
Society
PremiumOut of Sight, Out of Mind

Refugee labor, including children, toil away in Turkish sweatshops with apparently little scrutiny from the authorities.

By Davut Firat Turgut
2 May 2018
Media
Two Months After Journalist Murder, Slovakia Still Waits For Real Change
According to Aktuality.sk editor, Jan Kuciak was "a victim of the war on corruption." From the International Press Institute. By Alma Onali
1 May 2018

COLUMNS

Fourth Estate
Don’t Shoot the Messenger

The arrest of a German journalist in Romania in connection to his work is a bellwether of the harassment whistleblowers face in Central and Eastern Europe.

By PETER GROSS
11 July 2018
Middle Europa
Getting Creative With the Rule of Law

Attempts to bend – and even break – the judicial system throughout Central Europe do not bode well for the future of the sector’s independence in the region.

By MARTIN EHL
4 July 2018
Balkan Eye
Eagles on the Field Premium

The World Cup points to Balkan issues that could still muddle European integration.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
28 June 2018
Middle Europa
When the Leader Falls Ill Premium

Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s recent disappearance from the political scene shows the impending disaster caused by such centralized rule.

By MARTIN EHL
15 June 2018
Fourth Estate
No Minor Role Premium

Despite their lack of visibility, minority-language newspapers in Romania serve a key function in maintaining the country’s multiethnic fabric.

By PETER GROSS
14 June 2018
Middle Europa
The Ties That Bind? Premium

The shifting sands in Washington’s relationship with Russia and the EU are calling for Central Europe to reevaluate its partnership with the U.S., too.

By MARTIN EHL
31 May 2018
Balkan Eye
We Don’t Need No Context

Roger Waters sent a message during his concert in Bulgaria that led some to think that the revered musician was a little out of his depth in modern politics.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
21 May 2018

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