Around the Bloc
Uzbekistan’s First Islamic University Opens

Landmark event marks a further gesture by the secular authorities to the faith of the majority.

22 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Russian Dissident’s Political Bid Suffers New Blow

Impact of closing down Alexei Navalny’s foundation is unclear, as the opposition politician is barred from taking part in presidential elections.

22 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Movement on Macedonia Name Dispute – But in Which Direction?

The Greek and Macedonian premiers want a quick solution to the endless quarrel, but Greek nationalists are demanding a say.

22 January 2018
Politics
An Electoral Theatre

It’s hardly a secret that Turkmenistan is one of the most unashamedly authoritarian countries in the world. Why do they even bother holding elections?

By Donnacha O Beachain and Abel Polese
19 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Experts Raise Qualms Over Russian Avant-Garde Collection

Attributed to modern masters Kandinsky, Malevich, Goncharova, Larionov, and more, the art has never been shown before.

19 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Draft-Dodging Russian Journalist Barred From Petersburg Assembly

Reporter banned for avoiding military service had earlier run-ins with assembly speaker.

18 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Pension Cuts Hit Poland’s Communist-Era Security Officials

By chance or design, the cuts will also help the hard-pressed pension system save money.

18 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Romanian Kingmakers Pick New Premier

The ruling Social Democrats retain their hold on power despite a string of scandals and political defeats.

18 January 2018
Media
Why Wait?
Wikipedia and Google accidentally declare Putin the winner of March 2018 presidential elections. From Global Voices. By Christopher Moldes
17 January 2018
Politics
Europe’s Illiberal States
Why are Hungary and Poland turning away from constitutional democracy? From The Conversation. By Stephen I Pogany
12 January 2018
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22 December 2017
Books
PremiumRevisiting Europe’s Muslim Heartland

In their new book, two French scholars provide valuable insights on Balkan history over the past 200 years.

By John K. Cox
19 December 2017
Society
A Dying Trade
A household staple for generations, the weaving of wool carpets is fading away, living on mainly in the stories of those who lovingly practiced the craft their entire lives. From Ziarul de Garda. By Liliana Botnariuc
13 December 2017
People
PremiumObituary: Partisanka, Farewell

The most important feminist you probably never heard of died in late October, a brave woman still dreaming of a better future.

By Kristen R. Ghodsee
11 December 2017
Environment
Russia's Tearful Isotopes
Russian atomic regulator's foray into meme-making fails to quench rumors of nuclear leaks. From Global Voices. By Christopher Moldes
6 December 2017
Conflict & Diplomacy
PremiumStanding by Tibet
In a climate of improving official relations with China, some Czechs continue to vocally support the disputed region. By Denis Burke
5 December 2017

COLUMNS

Balkan Eye
Donald Tusk, King of the Bulgarians

How the EU Council president won over Bulgarian hearts and minds during his stay in Sofia, at least for an evening. 

By BOYKO VASSILEV
19 January 2018
Middle Europa
A Surprising Role Model for European Politicians

Far from being Brussels’ darling, Viktor Orban has, however, endeared himself to some European leaders who admire his pragmatism and political know-how.

By MARTIN EHL
12 January 2018
Ivory Tower
The Fall of the Soviet Union Revisited

Top academics are still debating why the USSR collapsed and whether the West could have done more in the early 1990s to secure a well-functioning democracy in Russia.

By PETER RUTLAND
3 January 2018
Balkan Eye
Free Calls to the New Balkans Premium

More just a strain on Balkan pockets, roaming charges over EU borders are another example of how deeper regional integration could make everyone’s life easier. 

By BOYKO VASSILEV
20 December 2017
Middle Europa
The Right Man at the Right Time? Premium

If they prove successful, the newly appointed prime minister’s plans could bring PiS the popularity boost it needs to cement its rule.

By MARTIN EHL
13 December 2017
Middle Europa
The Ghost of the Unresolved Past Premium

In the wrong doses, the stick-and-carrot approach to EU funds for Central Europe might stoke precisely the tendencies that Brussels aims to keep in check.

By MARTIN EHL
30 November 2017
Fourth Estate
Romania’s History Through Its Newspapers Premium

A decade after its founding, the ‘Sever Bocu’ press museum is making a name among institutions devoted to preserving southeastern European cultural history.

By PETER GROSS
28 November 2017

TOL PROMOTION

--  Announcement: Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students - Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!

 

Date: March 12, 2018 – July 1, 2018

The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees. Applicants should be from a master’s program (or in the final years of their studies), either in journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, international relations or other. One of the main selection criteria will be a proven motivation to use the acquired skills in practice. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.

 

Apply or check our website for more info. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.


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