Around the Bloc
Russian Workers Offered 1m Rubles to Take Jobs in Far East

Can a few thousand workers and settlers reverse the region’s devastating population loss?

23 February 2018
Around the Bloc
Czech Billionaire Snaps Up Bulgaria’s Biggest Broadcaster

Acquisition confirms trend of Western owners exiting the politically charged media environment of southeastern Europe.

23 February 2018
Around the Bloc
Kyiv Red-Faced at Loss of EU Border Funds

Scrapped scheme was meant to speed crossing times at dilapidated border checkpoints.

23 February 2018
Around the Bloc
An Armenian Teenager’s Small Olympic Triumph

When his skis broke, hopes for the country’s only Alpine skier to compete in Pyeongchang looked dim.

22 February 2018
Around the Bloc
Two Balkan States on Threshold of EU Accession Talks

Despite Albania and Macedonia’s acknowledged progress, a lot still remains to be done.

22 February 2018
Around the Bloc
Estonia Will Set Up Data Embassy in Luxembourg

World’s first data embassy will increase the security of data coming from the technologically advanced Baltic nation. 

21 February 2018
Politics
Love, Auntie
Serbian Journalists face harassment for investigating the Defense Minister's spending, and his “aunt from Canada.” From Global Voices. By Marko Angelov
21 February 2018
Around the Bloc
Hungary Backs Poland Against EU

Although expected, the decision raises questions about how effective EU bodies are in upholding a commitment to common values.

21 February 2018
Politics
A Time to Reflect

On 17 February, the youngest state born from the dissolution of Yugoslavia marked 10 years of independence.

By Riccardo Celeghini
19 February 2018
Economy & Business
Economic Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

A mysterious company is paving the New Silk Road in Eastern Europe and beyond. From China Digital Times.

By Martin Hala
15 February 2018
Politics
Protest in Russia's Paper Town
The residents of a corner of Karelia known for its paper mill and its prison are fed up with poor quality housing, inefficient public transport and an unresponsive state — and are trying to do something about it. From openDemocracy. By Anna Yarovaya
12 February 2018
Conflict & Diplomacy
Who Gets to Use the Name ‘Macedonia?’
A decades-old row yet to be resolved. From The Conversation. By Neophytos Loizides
8 February 2018
Media
PremiumPolish Public Broadcaster Veers from Impartial Mission
Anti-opposition programming reflects a long-standing tradition in Poland of politicising TVP. From the International Press Institute. By Annabelle Chapman
1 February 2018
Politics
Cafe Society Versus the Czech Pub
The re-election of Zeman as Czech president exposes the opportunities and the limits of Moscow's meddling, along with a rift in Czech society. From Raam op Rusland. By Mark Galeotti
31 January 2018
Around the Bloc
Premium‘Smog Vacuum Cleaner’ to Turn Krakow’s Pollution Into Jewellery

But the Smog Free Tower is unlikely to solve Poland’s pollution problem, caused by its heavy reliance on coal.

26 January 2018
People
Who Killed Iryna Nozdrovska?
The murder of a prominent female lawyer in Ukraine brings into question the progress of reform and revolution. From openDemocracy. By Valeria Costa-Kostritsky
24 January 2018
Society
PremiumRemoving the Stigma

How can the Czech Republic have such low rates of depression and still so many suicides?

By Charlie Mitchell
23 January 2018
Politics
PremiumAn 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
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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Balkan Eye
Bulgarian Discovers a Third Sex

How a ratification debate, a translation misunderstanding, and social prejudices set the country on fire.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
23 February 2018
Middle Europa
All About the Money
The weariness toward the EU and the turn to populism among Visegrad countries might be grounded in plausible economic arguments.By MARTIN EHL
13 February 2018
Ivory Tower
The Search For a New World Order, Then and Now Premium
A century later, Woodrow Wilson would be aghast at the lack of community among nations.By PETER RUTLAND
2 February 2018
Fourth Estate
Media Predators Premium

Those willing and able to emulate the most despicable enemies of a free press are a dime a dozen.

By PETER GROSS
30 January 2018
Middle Europa
Lessons Not Learned Premium

The Czech Republic could have prevented another populist victory by taking a closer look at neighboring Slovakia’s recent history.

By MARTIN EHL
29 January 2018
Balkan Eye
Donald Tusk, King of the Bulgarians Premium

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 Premium

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

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