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
Around the Bloc
Belarusian Editor’s Trial Under Scrutiny

After a period of relative calm, the Lukashenka regime is again making life extremely difficult for independent journalists.

15 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Facebook Enters Moldovan Electoral Fray

Ruling party, opposition clash over social media giant’s allegations of government involvement in misleading political posts.

15 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Anonymous Russian Facial ID Makers Face Lawsuit

Russia’s biggest social network says the tool mined huge numbers of profiles without consent of their owners.

14 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Jump Aboard Ukraine’s High-Speed Fashion Train

The growing cohort of young designers in Kyiv showed their wares at Ukrainian Fashion Week.

14 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Bulgaria Blocks Transfers of Venezuelan Oil Money
Balkan countries are being drawn into the deepening row between U.S. allies and Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
14 February 2019
Around the Bloc
Russian Space Program Marred by Insufficient Funding, Technical Setbacks

Prime minister asked space officials to stop promising the moon, and instead deliver on their commitments.

13 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
Reading 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
Faith 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
Turning 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
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

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

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

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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