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Author: Daniel Gleichgewicht

The one shall be taken, and the other left

The Russian people overwhelmingly supported annexing the Crimea to Russia in 2014, but not the Donbas. What explains this anomaly?

September 21, 2018 - Dorka Takácsy

The future of Chinese investment in the Caucasus – The case of Abkhazia

China is balancing its investments with large doses of pragmatism in the Caucasus. Internationally recognized partners or not, work on the Belt and Road Initiative must proceed.

September 20, 2018 - Michael Eric Lambert

Tymoshenko and Hrytsenko showed they are not pro-European candidates

Two of the candidates in the highly contested Presidential elections in Ukraine next year, presented their ideas for the future at the annual YES conference. Together they proposed a vision reminiscent of Kuchma and Yanukovych.

September 18, 2018 - Taras Kuzio

Slovenia’s politics = normal?

In Between Europe speaks to Aljaž Pengov Bitenc, a Slovenian journalist and fellow podcast host in this episode. Together they navigate the not-so-choppy waters of Slovenian politics, talk about the outcome of recent elections, the failure of Orbanisation and much more.

September 17, 2018 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

Nighttime reflection on the soft power of Russia in contemporary times

It is difficult to describe the soft power of Russia. Is it viable to think of it in Western terms?

September 11, 2018 - Michael Eric Lambert

Bulgaria: an unlikely personality cult

The Zhivkov personality cult reaches its annual crescendo during the lavish celebrations of the late dictator's successive anniversaries of birth on the 7th of September in his hometown of Pravets, near Sofia. EU and Bulgarian flags will again provide the background for a leader synonymous with Bulgarian communism, including its darker chapters.

September 7, 2018 - Tomasz Kamusella

Moldovans. A (de)constructed nation.

The local political-business elite is doing everything in its power to halt the finalisation of the formation of the Moldovan nation. While looking to the West, the elites have had the same role as the “Green Barons” of the kolkhoz nomenclature

September 6, 2018 - Piotr Oleksy

Social media and resistance: citizen reporters in Crimea

The peninsula has long left the front pages of international media. What remains is a brave and tireless group of citizens, who risk more than most to get information out of an increasingly isolated place.

September 4, 2018 - Maria Baldovin

August 80′ forever

Today Poland celebrates the accords of the 31st of August 1980. The Solidarity movement had a profound impact on the countries of the Eastern Bloc under Soviet control. In Poland, the events that led to its creation still continue to influence national politics.

August 31, 2018 - Daniel Gleichgewicht

Albania’s many EU challenges

The EU enlargement process in the Balkans is slow. Even though there are positive signs from Brussels concerning Albanian accession, it seems as if quite a lot of work still remains.

August 29, 2018 - Epidamn Zeqo

Slovakia and the coming post-Fico era

After a little break the “In Between Europe” podcast is back with a special on Slovakia. In this episode Zselyke and Gergely talk to Milan Nič, a senior fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. What has happened in Slovakia since the horrific murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancé this spring? How much influence does Russia have in the country? What direction will Slovak politics take once former prime minister Robert Fico decides to fully retire?

August 27, 2018 - Zselyke Csaky and Gergely Romsics

The State of Ukraine

As the country celebrates its independence day, come take a look at some of our recent stories.

August 24, 2018 - New Eastern Europe

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