Plus, Georgia and her allies decry Russia-Abkhazia pact; Estonia opens its e-government platform to the world.
Computer glitches during Poland’s local elections call into question all the progress we’ve been celebrating the past few months.
Plus, UN experts alarmed at impending release of Serb convicted of genocide and Poland’s conservatives score a surprising wins in local elections.
Plus, IMF warns Romania against over-spending as Ponta promises economic bliss; Karadzic’s daughter elected to Bosnian entity parliament.
Plus, CNN will stop broadcasting in Russia and the Kosovo bogeyman spoils the Albanian leader’s historic visit to Serbia.
Plus, the Azerbaijani opposition holds a new anti-Aliev demonstration, and Poland’s Sikorski survives a no-confidence vote.
Plus, Belarus expels a rights activist over traffic violations and a right-wing Polish politician says his case proves the ubiquity of police brutality.
A tale of two songs that brought East and West together through the ambiguity of metaphor.
Plus, a dramatic new museum of Jewish life opens in Warsaw; teacher shortage grows worse in Kyrgyzstan.
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.