AROUND THE BLOC
Arabic Speakers: Bulgarian Tech Companies Want You
Middle Eastern migrants and refugees in Bulgaria are proving an unexpected boon to the country’s fast-growing IT sector.
Kyrgyz Leader Expected to Return to Work After Heart Scare
Almazbek Atambaev will likely restart his presidential duties next month after chest pains forced the cancellation of his visit to the UN General Assembly.
Putin Said to Favor Return to Old-Style Security Ministry
With parliament more solidly than ever in his pocket, Russian leader can now focus on the 2018 presidential election.
Czech Ingenuity Puts New Shine on Endangered Craft
After barely making it through the ’90s and limping through the 2008 crash, Bohemia’s fabled decorative glass industry is on the rise again.
Proxy War for the Soul of Kazakhstan
Once a high roller on the political scene, now a wanted man, a former Almaty mayor makes his case for heroic status alongside the country’s founding father.
Ukraine Cheers Record Haul of Paralympic Medals
At Rio Games, country outcompetes sporting powerhouses like the United States and Australia.
Popular Video Game Character Honored on Polish Stamp
‘Geralt of Rivia’ is a household mutant in much of Europe, and his fame is growing worldwide.
Slovakia’s Fico Vows No Compromise on Brexit
Visegrad Four countries continue to demand full rights for their citizens in Britain, EU or no EU.
Kremlin Party Wins in a Landslide
Wins for United Russia and three other loyal parties ensure no opposition will trouble President Vladimir Putin for the next five years.
FROM THE TOL ARCHIVE – EDITORS’ PICK
Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, loses some of its hard-won protection.
The Comfortable Confines of Art
With subsidized rent and a skill in demand, an artist in Belarus can make a good living, but the appetite for challenging works is limited. A TOL Special Report.
Residents of the Serbian city of Pancevo are speaking up about the health hazard of living in this industrial town.
A new project encourages a second look at the Czech Republic’s late-communist public artworks.
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