Society
LGBT 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
Around the Bloc
Crowds of Protesters Continue to Fill Streets in Hungary, Serbia

While Hungarians have been rallying against a new labor law, Serbians have been marching in the past month against Vucic and the ruling elite.

21 January 2019
Politics
Presidential Proxies

Georgia’s latest election raises concerns over democratic backsliding, with personality politics and a large-scale debt write-off in play.

By Maximilian Hess
21 January 2019
Media
'Conformation Bias:' Political Tribalism as a Driver of Disinformation

The findings of a recent study on disinformation and conspiracy theories in Poland and Hungary highlight their role as weapons in a tribal war. From the National Endownment for Democracy. 

By Peter Kreko
18 January 2019
Around the Bloc
Karabakh Belligerents Agree to ‘Prepare the Population for Peace’

While promising, the statement masks the problem of reversing a quarter-century of virulent rhetoric, analysts say.

18 January 2019
Around the Bloc
Facebook Purges Russian Fake News Sites

Almost 500 pages and accounts beamed misleading information across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

18 January 2019
Around the Bloc
Dormouse for Dinner, Anyone?

Its infernal associations don’t stop Slovenes from enjoying a traditional dish of barbecued rodent.

18 January 2019
Around the Bloc
Turkmenistan May Boost Size of Army: Report

The neutral Central Asian state rarely comments on reports of tension along its border with Afghanistan.

17 January 2019
Media
Serbia: Reality Wonderland

Choose one: Reality shows in Serbia are a) tasteless; b) very profitable; c) platforms for hate speech; d) all of the above.

By Tamara Skrozza
16 January 2019
Arts & Culture
To Every Age Its Art
Russian feminists flip the script on classic Soviet films. From Global Voices. By RuNet Echo
14 January 2019
Politics
The People’s Choice

As the new year begins, we look back with a leading human rights lawyer at one of 2018’s biggest moments: the Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution.’

By Jeremy Druker
9 January 2019
Media
Kyrgyzstan Instagram Star Comes of Age and Flies the Nest

The Internet’s vast potential for self-expression seems more relevant in Central Asia than ever before. From Eurasianet.

By Chris Rickleton
9 January 2019
Environment
An Economic Marvel for Some, an Ecological Catastrophe for Others

Istanbul’s new airport was officially opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this past fall, but environmentalists continue to cry foul over the impact of the project.

By Firat Fistik
7 January 2019
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Here are eight of the most egregious lies caught in 2018 by the Fake News Tracker in Serbia, a country with a long history to re-write.

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By Vanda Thorne
19 December 2018
Economy & Business
Georgia’s China Dream

CEFC takes a last stand in the Caucasus. From Sinopsis.

By Tinatin Khidasheli and Sinopsis
17 December 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
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Society
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10 December 2018
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With online censorship an increasingly commonplace part of life in Turkey, activists warn that it is not enough to simply find your way around bans.

By Ahmet A. Sabanci
5 December 2018
Society
A $17 Million Legal Bill for Moldova

Over the past two decades, the European Court of Human Rights has found the country guilty in almost 400 cases. Who’s to blame? From Ziarul de Garda.

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COLUMNS

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A Fateful Year

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

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
Balkan Eye
A Potential President? Possibly. Premium

Does the latest political move by Slovakia’s foreign minister place him more firmly in the frame for a presidential bid? Why is Miroslav Lajcak hesitating?

By MARTIN EHL
14 December 2018
Ivory Tower
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The revival of a play about Hungarian communists brings to the forefront questions that are as pressing in modern-day Hungary as they were in 20th century Europe.

By PETER RUTLAND
6 December 2018
Fourth Estate
Opening the Samizdat Time Capsule Premium

The year 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of Central and Eastern European countries escaping the socio-political and cultural monopoly created by Marxism-Leninism, as shown by the underground publications of the era.

By PETER GROSS
30 November 2018
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