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Around the Bloc – 9 December
In the news: long jail terms for former Kyrgyz dignitaries; no prison for
Russian student; WWII and the Jewish legacy in Poland; protests in
Belarus; and a long career in Bulgarian theater.

Around the Bloc – 6 December
Headlines from around the region: Hungarian minority rights in
Ukraine; Russia warns NATO; Nigerian students deported from Croatia;
feminist art in Bishkek; and Khodorkovsky as reluctant muse.

Around the Bloc – 5 December
Regional highlights: Berlin-Moscow spat intensifies; Belarus
and Russia; Central Asian migrants in Sweden; Romanian
inmates; and Mongolian horses.

30 Years After: How a State Dies
Brain drain and population loss are crippling the EU’s eastern
countries, and the epidemic could spread westward. From Hospodarske noviny. By Martin Ehl, 4 December 2019

Around the Bloc – 4 December
TOL’s regional news roundup: new foreign agents in Russia;
Gorby and Pizza Hut; Milan Kundera the Czech; Croatian and
Slovenian wine; and HIV on the Ukrainian frontlines.

Around the Bloc – 3 December
Today’s regional roundup: Poland honours hero; politics in
transition in Azerbaijan; the EU and Crimea; Estonia’s kids ace
PISA test; and Russian apps for Russian phones.

Society: Experts Sound Alarms over Istanbul Earthquake

Warnings persist that little has been done to combat
overcrowding, strengthen buildings, and develop contingency
plans – in fact, the government has done the opposite, they say. By Ufuk Ceri, 3 December 2019


Time to Put Havel on the Slovak Map
Thirty years have passed since the playwright president led
a revolution for all of Czechoslovakia, and yet there is no solid
monument to his achievements in Slovakia.
By Rick Zednik
21 October 2019

A Very Expensive Academic Exercise
A court tells us that an independence declaration is not illegal.
But does that make Kosovo a state?
By Tihomir Loza
29 July 2010

Bishkek Blitzes Corruption
Kyrgyz leaders are facing off with a weak judiciary and other obstacles in an anti-corruption campaign that has some independent analysts cautiously optimistic.
by Askar Erkebaev
18 July 2012

From Small Things
A Tajikistani couple work to keep the art of miniature painting alive in a country where it once flourished.
14 April 2014