Around the Bloc
Regional headlines: Czech PM again mired in conflict-of-interest charges; Catholic Church under fire in Poland; Russia and chemical weapons.
Regional headlines: Poland’s highest court bans most abortions; Albania to host anti-Semitism conference.
Regional headlines: cluster bombs in Karabakh; Pole gets asylum in Norway; Ukrainian elections; EU and Kosovo at cross purposes; and a gold strike in Siberia.
Regional headlines: Estonia faces fallout over homophobic remarks; Belgrade to welcome Russian military; EU vs. Poland, TBD; Holocaust play opens in Bucharest; and Chernobyl goes virtual reality.
Regional headlines: Slovakia to test entire nation for coronavirus; Kyrgyz ex-official charged; Kazakhstan abolishes death penalty; a Balkan cultural spat; and Turkmenistan’s food crisis.
Bulgarians are starting to realize that life in a magic-realist bubble has its downsides.
A grandiose waterway scheme has some heavyweight backers, but doubts persist, and a possible Czech government shakeup could scupper it.
Napoleonic ideas trump the liberal visions of Kundera and Havel.
The man often called Poland’s behind-the-scenes ruler may be fighting the political battle of his life.
A conversation with author Katerina Tuckova, whose novel, soon to appear in English, addresses the postwar expulsion and mass murder of the Czech Germans.
The resumption of hostilities in the South Caucasus could have far-reaching consequences on the wider region, including on Ukraine’s budding partnership with Azerbaijan.
Mixed messages by President Aleksandar Vucic may be an attempt not to antagonise Russia and Turkey. From Istinomer.
In her book of linked short stories, Krisztina Toth has written something very like a novel but with all the genre’s mechanisms of showing the interconnections between characters stripped away.
Suspicion of the Chinese tech giant ratchets up as a prestigious security conference backs out of a sponsorship agreement after criticism from the Slovak president, among others.
Spanish voices from across the ideological spectrum no longer accept the analogy of Spain’s restive Catalonia region to Kosovo and its violent split from Yugoslavia. From Kosovo 2.0.