Around the Bloc
Slovenia Set to Scrap Hydropower Plants on Protected River
Growing opposition to dam projects leaves Balkan countries scrambling to find sustainable energy sources.
20 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Juncker, Soros Targets of Budapest’s New Anti-EU Campaign

The European Commission head says Viktor Orban is an 'origin of fake news.'

19 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Pashinyan Launches Ambitious Economic Reform Roadmap
Despite rapid growth, Armenia’s economy remains puny compared to even the poorest EU countries.
19 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Russian Business Rocked by Arrest of U.S. Investor

Baring Vostok founder Michael Calvey, his French partner, and four others held on embezzlement charges.

19 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Uzbekistan Bond Sale Off to Good Start

Following a trail blazed by Tajikistan, Tashkent has the advantage of a more open economy.

18 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Ukraine Strips Russian-Aligned Bishop of Citizenship

The harsh action against an intransigent cleric moves a religious dispute squarely into the political arena.

18 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Central European Summit in Jerusalem Called Off

Benjamin Netanyahu hoped to cement ties with fellow nationalists, boost campaign for European recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

18 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Moscow Region Is Election Fraud Hotspot, Observers Say
Independent poll watchers uncover evidence of ballot stuffing, multiple voting, and inflated turnout figures in last year’s gubernatorial votes.
15 February 2019
Politics
The Agreement Over Macedonia’s Name Is a Glimmer of Hope in Europe

Now that the country has signed its NATO accession agreement and officially changed its name, the United States, among others, should step up to the plate and boost support.

By Jonathan D. Katz, Evelyn Farkas, and Zhikica (Zach) Pagovski
13 February 2019
Society
Velvet Memories Slipping Through Our Fingers?

As the 30th anniversary of 1989’s anti-communist revolution approaches later this year, many young Czechs will likely wonder what all the commotion is about.

By Katherine Schulte and Megan Sokol
12 February 2019
Media
Twitter, the Turkish State’s New Political Tool

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be fighting the March local elections in ‘eco-friendly’ cyberspace, following the opposition’s pioneering use of social media for politics.

By Sahra Atila
6 February 2019
Economy & Business
Arresting Huawei’s March on Warsaw

The arrest of Huawei’s executive in Poland on espionage charges could have a ripple effect globally, but Beijing has so far responded with caution. From Sinopsis.

By Lukasz Sarek
4 February 2019
Books
PremiumReading the River

Transport route, energy source, and symbol of identity, the Dnipro cuts a broad swathe across Ukraine’s national consciousness.

By Mykola Riabchuk
30 January 2019
Society
PremiumFaith in Feminism

A devout, hijab-wearing Muslim is the co-founder of a website that has become a platform for questioning male-dominated interpretations of Islam.

By Gorkem Pancaroglu and Adem Emre Topcu
29 January 2019
Society
PremiumTurning Throwaways Into Gold

Belarus’s KaliLaska repurposes tons of unneeded things into something vitally important for dozens of individuals across the country, but it isn’t easy running a social business.

By Aleksandra Savinich
24 January 2019
People
The Living Front of Stanislav Markelov

Ten years ago, activist lawyer Stanislav Markelov was murdered in Moscow. His legacy tells us why anti-fascism remains vitally important in Russia today. From openDemocracy.

By Kirill Medvedev
23 January 2019
Society
PremiumLGBT Muslims Struggle to Find Their Place in Turkey

Amid growing conservatism in Turkey, three individuals explain that their Muslim faith and non-heterosexual orientation are not mutually exclusive.

By Umut Guven
21 January 2019

COLUMNS

Middle Europa
Kaczynski’s Risky Road Ahead

Poland's governing party and its leader seem little affected by mounting scandals, but it’s a big chance to take that the situation will continue.

By MARTIN EHL
15 February 2019
Fourth Estate
The Under-Recognized Guardians of Freedom Premium

The importance of media academics, especially those with an appetite for public service, is often under-played.

By PETER GROSS
11 February 2019
Middle Europa
Central Europe Picks up the Pace of Arms Race Premium

Billion-dollar purchases are escalating, and not all of the added value is military-related.

By MARTIN EHL
30 January 2019
Balkan Eye
Mr. President, Lend Me Your Ear! Premium

Bulgaria considers how to attract Trump's attention, given that Melania might not be the best conduit.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
23 January 2019
Middle Europa
A Fateful Year Premium

A series of political gaffes in Poland has marred the Law and Justice Party's start to 2019, and there is potentially more danger ahead in this 'super-election' year.

By MARTIN EHL
14 January 2019
Fourth Estate
The Fresh Spring of Ignorance Premium

Long after the fall of both the Nazi and communist regimes, today's new authoritarians have come up with creative ways to wash away inconvenient knowledge.

By PETER GROSS
10 January 2019
Balkan Eye
A Tale of Two Metaphors: Writing the EU in Symbols Premium

What happens when you ask writers to come up with a metaphor for the EU? World-building and metaphors are their work, after all.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
20 December 2018

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