Plus, Lithuania wraps up its probe into the 1991 crackdown and Moldova attacks corruption in preschools.
Overcome with nostalgia for the wonder of 25 years ago, our columnist offers his own definition of ‘transformation fatigue.’
Plus, a Bosnian court strikes down the ‘two schools under one roof’ policy, and Washington ups the ante in its high-stakes influence game with Budapest.
Plus, EU officials reportedly pressure Kosovo journalist, and builders find Jewish gravestones in foundations of Soviet-era Belarusian homes.
Plus, a dramatic new museum of Jewish life opens in Warsaw; teacher shortage grows worse in Kyrgyzstan.
The country’s leaders go their own way, but where are they headed?
A Hungarian court says a church-run school in a Romani community segregates. Its backers says it offers a head start.
Plus, Zagreb’s jailed mayor thunders his innocence and Hungary steps up the pressure on a Norwegian-funded NGO.
Plus, Hungary proposes a tax on Internet data and Tajikistan claims it foiled a major Islamist terror attack.
Plus, Bulgaria won’t extradite a Putin foe to Russia, and Budapest fumes over U.S. visa bans.
The fall of communism brought with it expectations of an unfettered press safeguarding the young democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. But for the region's media, the past quarter-century has turned out to be much less uplifting. From oligarch-controlled television stations to politically partisan newspapers, from woeful ethical standards to outright corruption, the media often fall far short of acting as independent watchdogs over their societies, despite the existence of some scrappy publications and feisty reporters willing to uncover official wrongdoing and expose poor governance. If that weren't enough, the region's press has been hit hard by the same trends transforming the media around the world, including an explosion of alternative forms of entertainment, the growth of social media, decreased advertising revenues associated with the rise of the Internet, and general economic malaise. Get your copy here.