Around the Bloc
Maradona Heads for Belarus

The Argentine football legend’s career takes another startling twist.

18 May 2018
Around the Bloc
Sarajevo Braces for Erdogan’s Visit
Turkish leader hopes to garner support from Europe-based Turks as he seeks to secure his grip on power.
18 May 2018
Around the Bloc
Ukraine Accuses RIA Novosti Editor of Treason

Authorities say the Russian state news agency participates in the Kremlin’s “hybrid information war.”

18 May 2018
How Blockchain Is Changing Georgia

The country has emerged as a leader in large-scale cryptocurrency mining, thereby exposing its social and environmental effects.

17 May 2018
Around the Bloc
Albanian Politician Fights for Job Amid Crime Claims

Albania’s interior minister is facing pressure to step down after his brother’s drug conviction comes to light.

17 May 2018
Around the Bloc
European Lobbying Could Save Russian Industrial Giant
Complaints from European governments and multinationals apparently persuaded White House to take a second look at sanctions against Oleg Deripaska’s Rusal.
17 May 2018
Russia Crows Over Crimean Bridge Opening

Engineering feat will simplify life in Russian-controlled peninsula, but will also likely worsen relations with Kyiv.

16 May 2018
Around the Bloc
Hundreds Protest Against Weekend Police Raids in Tbilisi

Anti-drug raids in two LGBT-friendly techno music venues led to protests, as well as counter-protests from the city’s far-right groups.

16 May 2018
Books
The Politics of Police Reform
According to a new book, destabilising episodes of violence and an experienced civil society sector are key parts of building consensus for police reform. From openDemocracy. By Alexander Kupatadze
15 May 2018
Society
'Illegal, Discriminatory, and Arbitrary'

Six months after Ankara banned all public LGBTI events, not much has changed – including the determination of the community to fight back. Here's the view from a young Turkish LGBTI activist and journalist.

By Yildiz Tar
14 May 2018
People
To Kill a Briber

In an interview with Hromadske, policy expert Alina Mungiu-Pippidi assesses the success of Ukraine's anti-corruption reforms.

By Mariia Ulianovska
11 May 2018
Society
Chernobyl Brought Italy and Belarus Closer Together
Their approach could do the same for other nations. From the Conversation. By Ekatherina Zhukova
9 May 2018
Media
An Unlikely Twitter Star

The verdict will be announced next week in a trial that has rattled the upper echelons of the Turkish political elite, but it was a brave woman’s tweets that broke the media’s silence over the case.

By Can Semercioglu
8 May 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
How Western Condemnation Lets Russia Off the Hook

International criticism is shaping the strategic direction of Putin’s fourth term. From The Conversation.

By Gerhard Schnyder
4 May 2018
Society
PremiumOut of Sight, Out of Mind

Refugee labor, including children, toil away in Turkish sweatshops with apparently little scrutiny from the authorities.

By Davut Firat Turgut
2 May 2018
Media
Two Months After Journalist Murder, Slovakia Still Waits For Real Change
According to Aktuality.sk editor, Jan Kuciak was "a victim of the war on corruption." From the International Press Institute. By Alma Onali
1 May 2018
Around the Bloc
PremiumArmenian Ruling Party Opens Door to Regime Change

“People’s candidate” Pashinyan poised to become head of a system dominated by the old guard he wants to uproot.

30 April 2018
Media
Fake News, Moldova-Style

An article last month alleged that the EU was planning to destroy Romanian vineyards, and that the Moldovan ones would be next. From Ziarul de Garda.

By Lilia Zaharia
27 April 2018
Society
De-Mining Donbas

While the conflict between the central government in Kyiv and Russian-backed separatists simmers, the process of making frontline villages safe has begun. From Hromadske International.

25 April 2018
Media
After Orban Election Victory, Critical Media Takes Another Big Hit in Hungary
Former Magyar Nemzet deputy editor: independent media should prepare for "worst-case scenario." From the International Press Institute. By Marton Bede
25 April 2018
Media
Management Purging Slovak Public Broadcaster of Experienced Journalists
Concerns about politically charged leadership look well-founded amid resignations and protests. From the International Press Institute. By Benjamin Cunningham
24 April 2018
Arts & Culture
Kazakhstan Adopts Hollywood Glamor to Energize Cinema Industry

The impetus to keep hammering away at the international film market has come from President Nursultan Nazarbayev. From Eurasianet.

By Almaz Kumenov
18 April 2018
Society
Partners in Piety: Inside Ukraine’s Evangelical Business Empire
This church will “really change your consciousness and reform your life.” But at what cost? From openDemocracy. By Tatiana Kozak
18 April 2018
Media
The Battle for Czech Public Media
Amid attacks on public television and radio, outcome rests with Prime Minister Andrej Babis. From the International Press Institute. By Michal Musil
12 April 2018
Media
Czech, Hungarian Leaders Continue Efforts to Portray Press as Enemy
Despite murdered journalist, verbal attacks on media continue in Central Europe. From the International Press Institute. By Benjamin Cunningham
11 April 2018
Media
Lessons Learned from RuNet

Tracking Russian online interference teaches valuable lessons on improving news quality. From Global Voices.

By Ivan Sigal
6 April 2018
Books
PremiumA Moscow Apartment House, Possessed by History
Czarist tycoons, revolutionary artists, and Soviet squatters all feature in Russian scholar Dmitry Oparin’s new book. By Vladimir Kozolov
5 April 2018
Opinion
Vloggers With a Cause
Belarusian YouTube vloggers are free to talk about what they want – at their own risk. From Belarus Digest. By Olga Hryniuk
4 April 2018
Media
PremiumThe Disinformation Conundrum

Despite expectations, fake news appears to have played a relatively minor role during the recent Czech presidential elections. But that doesn’t mean the popularity of such “alternative” sites should be ignored or the reasons why so many Czechs are willing to take the bait.

By Jonas Syrovatka
28 March 2018
Society
When the Disinformed Get Violent

A Czech senior citizen, allegedly a fanatical supporter of an ultra-right party known for spreading disinformation, has been charged with causing train crashes in order to blame them on Islamic terrorists. From Romea.cz.

By Zdenek Rysavy
28 March 2018
Arts & Culture
PremiumThe Delicate Art of Urban Activism in Eastern Europe

At a diverse gathering in Prague, a heated discussion ensues on the virtues and pitfalls of “going mainstream.”

By Kate Syme-Lamont
26 March 2018
Media
PremiumCartoon Crusader

Despite recent death threats, Armenian journalist Marianna Grigoryan and her team continue to battle on for press freedoms and holding the powers that be accountable.

By Savannah Delgross
23 March 2018
Society
The Secret Compound

As details about illegal detentions in eastern Ukraine emerge, so do questions about the accountability of those who ordered them. From Hromadske.

By Anastasia Stanko, Anna Tokhmakhchi, and Anastasia Kanariova
21 March 2018

COLUMNS

Balkan Eye
We Don’t Need No Context

Roger Waters sent a message during his concert in Bulgaria that led some to think that the revered musician was a little out of his depth in modern politics.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
21 May 2018
Middle Europa
That European Question

A recent poll on attitudes toward the EU in the Visegrad countries reveals split views of Brussels – something local politicians have been all too ready to exploit.

By MARTIN EHL
16 May 2018
Fourth Estate
The Predictable Season

While dismal media freedom rankings for TOL’s coverage region are commonplace this time of the year, the recent surge in citizen activism shows that people are no longer so willing to grin and bear such infringements.

By PETER GROSS
9 May 2018
Middle Europa
It's the Economy, Stupid! Premium
More and more, only slumping financial figures seem powerful enough to turn back creeping authoritarianism in Central Europe.By MARTIN EHL
30 April 2018
Balkan Eye
Kristeva and Her Bulgarian Suffering Premium

It may be hard to comprehend now, but for a Bulgarian emigre pre-1989, petty compromises with the system were possible, even desirable.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
13 April 2018
Middle Europa
A Slow Poison for Europe Premium

While predictable, Fidesz’s massive victory in Hungary still inspires awe about the trajectory of once one of the EU’s most promising new member states.

By MARTIN EHL
10 April 2018
Fourth Estate
Wanted: New Gardeners Premium

The citizens of Hungary and Bulgaria must learn again how to cultivate media freedom before once fertile ground turns irreversibly into a journalistic wasteland.

By PETER GROSS
3 April 2018

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