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Acclaim for NEE

Acclaim for New Eastern Europe

"New Eastern Europe is a balanced and worthwhile journal, and the latest issue a welcome contribution to on-going debates in the region."

Paul Hansbury, Vostock Cable, May 2013


"In sum, this relatively young magazine offers a thorough, interesting look at still underresearched and underreported topics. It ranges all over eastern and central Europe, making connections both within the region itself as well as to other parts of Europe and the world, and tackles a fascinating variety of subjects."

Bj Epstein, Europe & Me, April 2013


"Since its launch in October 2011, New Eastern Europe has been warmly received on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to the print version, a wide variety of content is also available on the journal's website."

News Item, Eurozine


“Twenty-two journalists – reporters, columnists and editors from as far apart as Norway and the Ukraine – are named as finalists for the first ever European Press Prize. In the Editing category Mr Adam Reichardt, editor of New Eastern Europe Quarterly, was nominated for this extremely good and ambitious publication. It combines own reporting and analysis with thoughtfully selected pieces from the media in the region it covers and outside contributions, establishing it as a must-read for anybody in Poland seriously interested in the region.”

Press Release, European Press Prize 2012


“A new quarterly published in Poland wants to bring the events from the “wild East” much closer. And it works.”

“The first issue of the magazine has, in each way, met readers’ expectations: respected authors from both the East and the West, a diversity of covered topics and areas in the region. The texts are neither too academic, nor too snobby, and the layout is very pleasant.”

“Overall, a very good start to a new magazine.”

Burkhard Bischof, Die Presse


"Engaging, well-written and authoritative, New Eastern Europe is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the countries of the former Soviet Bloc, and their progress – or lack of it – towards European values.”

Luke Harding, award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian and author of Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of Brutal New Russia published in 2011 by Guardian Books.


[New Eastern Europe] includes reviews of new books from Eastern Europe, of which English-speaking readers would otherwise likely never have a chance to know ... The magazine weaves a story together of common threads which are composed of a shared history, mutual experiencees and a vibrant culture.”

Gerhard GnauckNeue Zürcher Zeitung, May 18th 2012.


“... it was refreshing indeed to find in our department common room a copy of New Eastern Europe, a monthly Krakow based, English language publication dedicated to – yep, Eastern Europe, or, more specifically its 'new' incarnation ...”

“… this publication is more than just a Polish publication, it seeks, I think, and is successful, in my case, in having a broader appeal ...”

“ … I was surprised by this broad variety of contributors, who ranged from internationally renowned authors, Russian journalists, American academics, politicians and so on, each bringing a refreshingly different perspective to issues in the region ...”

“… For those interested in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet space who, like me, struggle to find enough of interest in their regular recreational reading in the mainstream UK/US based English language press, I would highly recommend this Krakow based quarterly as a varied, highly readable, informative and, let’s face it, it’s a big consideration, competitively priced publication!”

Graham Donnelly, Assessing Accession


“All in all, a number of well chosen articles, interviews and biographical pieces giving food for thought and well worth the cover price, so if you see it, buy it. You won’t be disappointed.”



“Each issue contains a lively combination of reports, opinion, analysis and review articles, written by a range of authors including political analysts, academics, journalists and economists.”

New Eastern Europe provides a welcome addition to existing periodicals focussing on central and east European affairs, effectively straddling the divide between more scholarly literature and popular media. The relatively short length of individual articles contributes to their readability, but without detracting from the standard of their content – written by a range of expert commentators, these articles are packed full of opinion and analysis. The inclusion of articles written by a diverse collection of authors also has the advantage of providing a variety of different approaches, insights and perspectives. One thing I particularly like about New Eastern Europe is the fact that their print journal is supported by additional commentary on their frequently updated website, active Twitter feed and Facebook page. At a time when traditional print media is struggling to adapt and survive in an environment which is increasingly dominated by digitisation and social media, New Eastern Europe sets an impressive example of how best to integrate and coordinate these different aspects to good effect. As a result New Eastern Europe is fast establishing itself as a ‘must-read’ for anyone with an interest in modern and contemporary central and eastern Europe.”

Kelly Hignett, The View East


“Russia also receives prominent space in the latest issue of the young Polish journal New Eastern Europe (4/2012). Among other things, the issue honours two former British Moscow correspondents. The first is Economist editor, Edward Lucas, through a review of his latest book on the extensive Russian espionage in the West (Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West). The second, Guardian correspondent, Luke Harding, whom the Russian authorities kicked out of Russia in 2011. Harding is also the author of a very good book (Mafia State. How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia). In his interview Harding says: 'The idea that if you oppose the Kremlin or are critical of the Kremlin’s human rights record, you are anti-Russia, is clearly nonsense.' The analysis of Jadwiga Rogoza about the shifts in Putin's inner circle of power since his return to the Kremlin is also very good. Her conclusion is the following: 'The Kremlin's policy since Putin's return lacks any new quality and relies on conservative scenarios. The contrast with the changes that Russia has undergone in the last decade, could not be greater.'”

Burkhard Bischof, Die Presse


Other reviews of New Eastern Europe by Die Presse:



“... Polish takes on its esteemed neighbors, especially the giant to the east, are well represented in the forthcoming issue of a young quarterly, New Eastern Europe, edited in Kraków and published by the College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław.”

Ky Krauthamer, East of Center, Transitions Online


New Eastern Europe cited in press:

Parameter (Slovak, Hungarian language) December 2013: "Az ukrán kapcsolat" http://www.parameter.sk/rovat/paravelemeny/2013/12/06/az-ukran-kapcsolat

Europa (Italy) December 2013: "La rete social dietro alle proteste in Ucraina" citation of Issue 4(IX)2013 http://www.europaquotidiano.it/2013/12/01/la-rete-social-dietro-alle-proteste-in-ucraina/

Vlast.net (Ukraine), November 2013: “Меркель и Бароззу должны доказать Януковичу, что не только Путин умеет убеждать” http://vlasti.net/news/179126

Why West? The Georgian perspective - cited in Natoaktual (Czech Republic) 20 August 2013:  http://www.natoaktual.cz/why-west-the-georgian-perspective-dr8-/na_nazory.aspx?c=A130822_131341_na_nazory_m02

Europa (Italy), August 2013: http://www.europaquotidiano.it/2013/08/19/la-bulgaria-in-piazza-contro-il-familismo/

RuPor.info (Russia), August 2013: http://www.rupor.info/news-politika/2013/08/15/ukraina-na-grani-poteri-suvereniteta-britanskij-di/

Rivne Weekly "Volyn" (Ukraine), August 2013: http://www.volyn.rivne.com/ua/news/2736

Gazeta.UA (Ukraine), August 2013: http://gazeta.ua/ru/articles/politics/_obama-podorvet-osnovnoj-princip-politiki-putina-i-priblizit-ukrainu-k-evrope-eks/512200

Radio Svoboda (Ukrainian Version), August 2013 http://www.radiosvoboda.org/content/article/25075610.html

Neue Burcher Zeitung (Germany), August 2013: http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/international/reportagen-und-analysen/treibt-russland-die-ukraine-der-eu-in-die-arme-1.18138892

Foreign Policy (United States), July 2013: http://transitions.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/07/15/democracy_lab_weekly_brief_july_15_2013

iPres.ua (Ukraine), July 2013:  http://ipress.ua/news/uspih_golovuvannya_lytvy_u_radi_yes_zalezhatyme_i_vid_ukrainy_22700.html

Vysoky Zamok (Ukraine), July 2013: http://www.wz.lviv.ua/news/36821

Atlantic-Community.org (Germany), May 2013: http://www.atlantic-community.org/-/there-is-no-plan-b

Presseurop (Poland), May 2013: http://www.presseurop.eu/pl/content/blog/3742411-nieuczciwe-obietnice

Unimedia (Romania), March 2013: http://unimedia.info/stiri/new-eastern-europe-la-toamna--moldova-nu-va-mai-avea-eticheta-unei-povesti-de-succes-58120.html

Die Presse (Austria), March 2013: http://diepresse.com/home/meinung/gedankenlese/1351372/Putin-zieht-die-Schrauben-weiter-an-aber-der-Westen-schaut-weg

Adevarul (Romania), January 2013: http://adevarul.ro/international/europa/despre-marea-britanie-asa-numita-invazie-romano-bulgara-1_510829f04b62ed5875b5e3ce/index.html#

Presseurop (Europe), January 2013 (republished in 10 languages):  http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/3335591-don-t-expect-immigrant-tsunami-2014

Herito (Poland), January 2013: http://www.herito.pl/en/news/bitter-sweet-or-what-s-in-between-europe-s-east-and-west

Die Welt (Germany), December 2012: http://www.welt.de/debatte/article112156707/Der-Gaspreis-ist-Wladimir-Putins-Peitsche.html

Presseurop (Europe), December 2012 (republished in 10 languages): http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/3127961-katowice-mining-past

Valdai Discussion Club (Russia), November 2012 http://valdaiclub.com/russia_in_foreign_media/51522.html

Kyiv Post November 2012: http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine-abroad/new-eastern-europe-ukraines-double-edged-elections-315548.html

Herito (Poland), November 2012: http://www.herito.pl/en/news/hello-honni-goodbye-lenin

Die Presse (Austria), October 2012: http://diepresse.com/home/meinung/gedankenlese/1301142/Wenn-das-Wissen-ueber-Russland-immer-mehr-zusammenschrumpft

Új Szó (Slovakia), October 2012: http://ujszo.com/online/kozelet/2012/09/30/banas-radicova-hadsereg-nelkuli-tabornok-volt

Tyzhden.ua (Ukraine), September 2012: http://tyzhden.ua/News/59931

Guardian (UK), May 2012: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/08/ukraine-postpones-summit-eu-countries?newsfeed=true

Die Presse (Austria), May 2012: http://diepresse.com/home/meinung/gedankenlese/757565/Gewiss-Wladimir-Putin-macht-muede-aber-Russland-bleibt-gross

Tyzhden.UA (Ukrainian), May 2012: http://tyzhden.ua/News/50542

Russia Beyond the Headlines (Russia), May 2012: http://rbth.ru/articles/2012/05/23/the_sin_to_reveal_prilepins_ambivalent_patriotism_15696.html

Charter97 (Belarus), May 2012: http://www.charter97.org/en/news/2012/5/24/52766/

Kyiv Post (Ukraine), May 2012: http://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-ed/new-eastern-europe-half-a-europe-away-1-128182.html

Kuano Diena (Lithuania), April 2012: http://kauno.diena.lt/naujienos/lietuva/politologai-lenkija-turetu-siekti-dialogo-uzuot-kelusi-reikalavimus-418300#axzz2A6Z91TFy

Krakow Post (Poland), March 2012: http://www.krakowpost.com/article/2683

Svodka.net (Ukraine), March 2012: http://svodka.net/poslednie-svodki/svodki/259616

Omega.md (Moldova), January 2012: http://omg.md/Content.aspx?id=103582&lang=3

Transistions Online (Czech Republic), Oct. 2011: http://eastofcenter.tol.org/2011/10/on-kyiv-brussels-oligarchs-and-a-comatose-patient/

Kyiv Post Oct 2011: http://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/op-ed/east-of-center-on-kyiv-brussels-oligarchs-and-a-co-114135.html

ENERGY: The New Rules of the Game - 4(V)/2012

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The fall issue of 2012, marking the first anniversary of New Eastern Europe, provides a special focus on some of the many complicated issues and relationships surrounding energy in Eastern Europe. The opening articles glimpse into the games being played in the region such as Russia’s move to focus on oil exports to China, Lithuania’s nuclear power ambitions, Ukraine’s internal tug-of-war with natural gas and the water struggles between the states of Central Asia. 

Also, after six months since being re-elected to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin and the politics in Russia continue to be an area in need of closer examination. Jadwiga Rogoża provides a detailed picture of those who Putin surrounds himself with as well as an analysis of the evolution of the Kremlin’s political vision. While Luke Harding discusses his time as a foreign correspondent in Moscow and the intimidation tactics used by the Russians against him and his family. And yet for those of us who like to believe in the overwhelming role of the KGB, Eugeniusz Smolar advises that we take a little more balanced look, as he discusses the new book by Edward Lucas of the Economist

This proves once again that we can’t say “boring” when it comes to Central and Eastern Europe.  In a provocative piece, Ukrainian journalist Vitaly Pornikov argues that the end of the post-Soviet system has already begun. And Paweł Świeboda, seeing in Ukraine Europe’s zone of oblivion, points to the disappointment in Brussels and that “losing Ukraine” would mean a true fiasco of the key Polish diplomatic project. British historian Kelly Hignett puts the Bulgarian underworld in the spotlight, while Jozef Banáš discusses his transition from politician and diplomat to one of Slovakia’s bestselling authors.

The history section includes the very unique story of Andriy Chaban; an average Ukrainian who, in his elder years, reveals fascinating details of his life during the Second World War where he served in three different armies and later imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag.

The review section wraps up the issue with reviews of Madeleine Albright’s new book Prague Winter and Orlando Figes’s Send Me Word as well as an exhibition on Nostalgia for East Germany and Ballet and St. Petersburg.

This issue is available on Amazon Kindle at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AIWPEF6
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New Eastern Europe Issue 4 (V) / 2012- ENERGY: The New Rules of the Game

Opinion and Analysis

Alexandr Yakuba Oil Goes East

Linas Jegelevicius Nuclear Power Politics

Paweł Kost The Great Improvisation

Anna Cieślewska and Elwira Wysocka Water Wars


Eugeniusz Smolar Edward Lucas Strikes Back

Jadwiga Rogoża All the President’s Men

Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska Russia’s Limited Compliance

Vitaly Portnikov The Post-Soviet Collapse

Paweł Świeboda A Zone of Oblivion

Ian Hansen Avoiding a Lonely Stroll

Kelly Hignett The Wild, Wild East

Eoin Micheál McNamara Failing to Defrost the Frozen Conflicts



A conversation with Luke Harding Strange Details: Love, loathing and the FSB

A conversation with Slovak novelist Jozef Banáš A Cosmopolitan and a European



Anna Łabuszewska First Lady Once Again

Horia-Victor Lefter Shades of Belarus



Andriy Chaban Beyond Fronts and Nations

Robert Kostro Vilnius: Conflict and Reconciliation


People, Ideas, Inspirations

Piotr Kosiewski Through the Lens

Mayhill Fowler A Soviet Ukrainian Star: Bohdan Stupka 1941-2012


Books and Reviews

Filip Mazurczak Memoir of a Slavic Soul

On Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War

William Schreiber A Federalist in Moldova

On William H. Hill’s Russia, the Near Abroad and the West: Lessons from the Moldova-Transnistria Confl ict

Annabelle Chapman From Moscow to the Gulag: A History Lesson in Love

On Orlando Figes’ Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

Gwen Jones Coming to Terms with the Past

On Paul Lendvai’s Hungary: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

Iwona Reichardt Hello Honni! Goodbye Lenin!

On the exhibition GDR. Stories from a vanished country, Krakow, Poland

Karolina Słowik Russian Stars Shine in Saint Petersburg.

On the XII International Mariinsky Ballet Festival and the XX Stars of the White Nights Music Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

New Eastern Europe 3 / 2012 Table of Contents



NEW EASTERN EUROPE 3 (IV) / 2012: New Europe, Old Problems

July – September 2012

Opinion & Analysis

1. John Sweeney – Commentary: Ghosts of Famine

2. Grzegorz Gromatzki - Fear of a Usurper’s Stigma

3. Kelly Hignett - Spy Game Diplomacy

4. Marcin Mączka – The Propaganda Machine

5. Jacek Borkowicz – Pussy Riot and Cyber-Orthodoxy

6. Katerina Barushka – A Matter of Life and Death

7. Paweł Kował – We Must Treat Lukashenko Seriously

8. Yegor Vasylyev – The Rise of Viktor Yanukovych 

9. Natalia Sniadanko - Culture Caught in a Political Mess

10.  Adam Bodnar and Irmina Pacho - CIA Prisons on Polish Soil – A new perspective

11.  Pavol Szalai – Gorilla in the Mist

12.  Basil Kerski – East of Berlin


13.  A Historian of the Present. A conversation with Timothy Garton Ash   

14.  Building a Jewish Future. A conversation with Tad Taube


15.  Wojciech Górecki – Baku Shedding its Skin

16.  Małgorzata Nocuń – We Won’t Disappear


17.  Brian Banks – A European from Drohobycz: Discoveries in the life of Bruno Schulz

People, Ideas, Inspirations

18.  Mayhill Fowler - What is Unusual about the Borderland?

19.  Ludwika Włodek - The Woman Who Foresaw Soviet Union’s Collapse  

20.  Sławomira Walczewska – From A to Zadra  

Books and Reviews  

21.  Ewa Maria Kaźmierczak. Who Can Fathom Such a Crime? On the film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Elena.

22.  Oleksandr Zinchenko. Greatest Triumph or Mistake? On David Stahel’s Kiev 1941: Hitler's Battle for Supremacy in the East.

23.  Bartosz Cichocki. A Wiseman’s Voice. On Adam Daniel Rotfeld’s Myśli o Rosji... i nie tylko (Thoughts about Russia…and not only) and W cieniu. 12 rozmów z Marcinem Wojciechowskim (In the Shadow. 12 Conversations with Marcin Wojciechowski).

24.  Łukasz Wojtusik. The Northern Path. On Mariusz Wilk’s Lotem gęsi (Following the Path of Geese).

25.  Edyta Gawron. Everything is almost too true…on Baruch Milch’s Testament.

26.  Jakub Halcewicz-Pleskaczewski. Sharing Turowicz. On Joanna Podsadecka’s Gen ryzyka w sobie miał... (He Had the Risk Gene…).

27.  Wojciech Wilczyk. Photography is a Worthy Profession. On the Exhibition Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies