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
Around the Bloc
Belarus Turns the Screws on Online Media

Journalists push back against proposed amendments that would complicate the work of online reporters and impose restrictions on social media users.

20 April 2018
Around the Bloc
Fears of Radiation Leak From Flooded Ukraine Mine

Kyiv and Washington are calling on Ukrainian separatists not to stop the pumps in a mine where a small nuclear bomb was detonated in 1979.

20 April 2018
Around the Bloc
Romanian Government Reportedly Backs Israel Embassy Move

Political clash could ensue as country’s president and EU brass oppose the idea.

20 April 2018
Around the Bloc
A Likely Story: Russia Urges Foreign-Based Students to Come Home

Government agency launches program aimed at students in Britain and other "unfriendly countries."

19 April 2018
Around the Bloc
Azeri-Dutch Journalist Dodges Baku’s Extradition Bid

Ukraine decides against sending reporter back to Azerbaijan, where he faces charges similar to those thrown at other regime critics.

19 April 2018
Around the Bloc
Serbia’s Seselj Sabotages Croatian Lawmakers’ Historic Visit

Some question the nationalist leader’s right to a seat in parliament after a UN court upheld his war crimes conviction.

19 April 2018
Around the Bloc
A Rum Day for Central European Drinkers

Suspected cancer-causing substance in Czech booze is also found in baby food and coffee.

19 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
A 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
Politics
No Alternatives
Russians are starved of different viewpoints by their media’s united anti-Western front. From The Conversation. By Natasha Rulyova
19 March 2018
Politics
Fearless Leader or Lame Duck?
Putin’s certain triumph heralds fresh uncertainty. From The Conversation. By Cynthia Hooper
16 March 2018
Politics
Satan’s Hand in the Budapest Metro
The head of Budapest’s public transport system stood in the way of a Russian metro company’s business, with more than 200 million euros at stake. That didn't last long. From VSquare. By Szabolcs Panyi
14 March 2018
Arts & Culture
The Museum of Anti-Terrorist Operations

What was thought as a way to remember the victims of a bloody conflict, and point fingers at the enemy, might turn out to be a unique instrument of identity-building in Ukraine.

By Abel Polese
28 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
Politics
PremiumA 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

COLUMNS

Balkan Eye
Kristeva and Her Bulgarian Suffering

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

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

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
Balkan Eye
Thus Spoke the Patriarch Premium

Contentious remarks during a visit of the Russian Orthodox patriarch to Sofia brought into question aspects of Bulgaria’s centuries-old, love-hate relationship with Russia.

By BOYKO VASSILEV
23 March 2018
Middle Europa
The Cowards in the Backseat Premium

The shadowy figures looming over political life in Romania and Poland offer cautionary tales for Slovakia.

By MARTIN EHL
19 March 2018
Ivory Tower
When States Kill Premium

There can be no doubt who poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury on 4 March. The interesting question is why.

By PETER RUTLAND
15 March 2018
Middle Europa
Murder in Slovakia Premium

Still hard to fathom at the moment, the ramifications of Jan Kuciak’s murder could usher in an era of political change.

By MARTIN EHL
2 March 2018

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