FEATURES & COLUMNS
An Open Letter to My British and American Friends
Despair and dismay at the fading of the dreams of a post-1989 world.
By Martin Ehl
The Traumatic Birth of a Crimean Nation
How tradition, ethnic cleansing, and a difficult return home helped mold one people’s identity under the Soviet Union and after.
By Lincoln Mitchell
Prison Is Part of Russia
Dissident artist Petr Pavlensky on FSB interrogations, guerilla war against the cops, and why left and right are irrelevant in prison.
By Petr Pavlensky
AROUND THE BLOC
Polish Parliament Member Threatens Non-Catholics with Deportation
Public response to her comments included both sarcasm and concern as Poles weigh the implications for religious minorities.
Estonia’s New Government Denies Pro-Russia Stance
Despite disclaimers, the coalition’s credentials are under scrutiny because of the Center Party’s past ties with United Russia.
Szczecin Becoming a Mecca for Modern Architecture
Underground museum has been crowned World Building of the Year, another success for the Polish city.
Pro-Russian Moldovan President-Elect Plans Forced Resignations
A week after winning the presidential election, Igor Dodon has already earmarked heads to roll.
FROM THE TOL ARCHIVE – EDITORS’ PICK
Personal Revenge as a Political Tool
Central Europe is becoming a laboratory for populist manipulators.
By Martin Ehl
Tossed by the Waves of History
Bulgarians are feeling torn between fear of an influx of refugees and empathy with their plight.
By Boyko Vassilev
LOL in the CR
The Czech president’s ham-handed approach to his Victory Day trip to Moscow causes mirth in the cyber sphere and unease for his Slovak ally.
By Katerina Safarikova
A Practically Useless Curriculum
When it comes to real-world problem-solving, Romania’s private schools leave their public counterparts behind.
By Zsofia Kelemen