Five years since the first issue of New Eastern Europe, we return to the topic of that first issue: Borders. This issue, titled “Brave New Borders”, debates Europe as a border-free continent as well as offers analyses on the border changes 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At that time new borders emerged. Not all of them, as Tom de Waal and Maciej Falkowski argue, fit the social context of the countries they are meant to demark. This, in turn, can spark conflicts and lead to separatist tendencies as well as other undesired developments.
Borders can also be rendered meaningless by massive migration movements, as Vesna Goldsworthy illustrates in the case of Great Britain and the Balkans. Memory can also create borders, it is argued by Ukrainian writer Andriy Lyubka who takes us on a journey to search Ovid’s traces in the places where the Roman poet spent his last days. Lastly, Ulrike Guérot (Germany) and Dániel Mikecz (Hungary) debate as to whether we are truly ready to live in a borderless world.
Clearly, the thematic scope of this issue goes beyond borders and includes the critical essays on the most current and pressing developments. They include Francisco de Borja Lasheras’ in depth analysis of the reform process (or lack thereof) in Ukraine and Taras Kuzio’s unmasking of Europe’s extreme politics rooted in Soviet narratives.
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OPINION & ANALYSIS
Revenge of the border
Thomas de Waal
A journey upstream: New meanings of the border
In search of barbarians
Can we live in a borderless world?
Believe it or not: Borders ensure political action
Building co-existence: Part II
The South Caucasus. A stable change
Reforming Ukraine in times of war and counter-revolution
Francisco de Borja Lasheras
At 25 is Ukraine any closer to Europe?
Hybrid deportation from Crimea
Wine and geopolitics
Kamil Całus and Piotr Oleksy
The Mikhalkov-Putin syndrome
The Soviet roots of anti-fascism and antisemitism
Russia’s complicated memory
London’s gift to Moscow
Armenia seeks to bolster its role as a transit state
Central and Eastern European heritage in the Southern Cone
The collapse of the Soviet Union was a miracle. The tragedy is taking place today
An interview with Serhii Plokhy
The Donetsk that we used to know no longer exists
An interview with Yuriy Temirov
The Balkan Route uncovered
Natasza Styczyńska and Omar Marques
HISTORY AND MEMORY
Monument wars in the Baltic states
A DEBATE ON MEMORY
A new national story?
In the interest of freedom
PEOPLE, IDEAS, INSPIRATION
Good girls seldom make foreign policy
Between Ostpolitik and eastern policy
Snapshots of Central Asia
Searching for shadows
Energy quest for Belarus
25 YEARS TOGETHER. REGIONAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN POLAND AND SAXONY
Why a good neighbourhood matters?
We can be optimistic about the future
An interview with Adam Hamryszczak
On Polish-German relations during challenging times
Preserving the unity of a fragmenting Europe
Borders of opportunity
Poniatowski in Leipzig