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Author: Filip Mazurczak

The Sochi Paralympics Are a Potemkin Village

An interview with Russian writer Alexander Snegirev. Interviewer: Filip Mazurczak

March 19, 2014 - Filip Mazurczak

My Father Was a Famous Polish Writer

An interview with Matthew Tyrmand, the son of the famous Polish writer and populariser of jazz Leopold Tyrmand. Interviewer: Filip Mazurczak

February 18, 2014 - Filip Mazurczak

There Are Many Different Kinds of Latvians

An interview with Latvian Member of Parliament and former Ambassador to the United States Ojārs Kalniņš. Interviewer: Filip Mazurczak

February 7, 2014 - Filip Mazurczak

The Romanians Don’t Fit into Any of Europe’s Tribes

An interview with famed Romanian-American poet Andrei Codrescu, Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University. Interviewer: Filip Mazurczak

January 31, 2014 - Filip Mazurczak

An Igbo from Łódź

A conversation with John Godson, Poland's first black member of parliament.

FILIP MAZURCZAK: Are the Poles a tolerant nation?

JOHN GODSON: I believe that the Poles are very tolerant. Situations of racism are marginal. In Poland we have what is called low intercultural competences, which is not the same thing as racism. Racism is when people who are informed and have contact with other cultures believe that their culture and their race is superior. But what we have in Poland results more from a lack of knowledge and the fact that post-Second World War Poland is a very homogeneous society. Communism made it difficult for Poles to travel abroad. But since Poland is in the European Union and the Schengen Zone, this is changing. We see that very slowly the intercultural competences of Poles are increasing.

November 19, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

From North African Communist to Bold Friend of Hungary

November 7th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great French-Algerian writer Albert Camus (1913-1960), one of the past century’s most influential European thinkers.

November 6, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

Tadeusz Mazowiecki 1927-2013

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first non-Communist prime minister in post-war Eastern Europe, has passed away at the age of 86.

October 29, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

The Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and the Fall of Communism

After a consistory, or meeting with cardinals on September 30th, Pope Francis decided to canonise two of his predecessors, John Paul II (1978-2005) and John XXIII (1958-1963).

October 3, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

Hungary’s Government: Imperfect, but not undemocratic

It is difficult to imagine a country in East Central Europe whose reputation in the West has declined more rapidly in recent years than Hungary.

September 12, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

Averting a Demographic Nightmare in Russia and Eastern Europe

Over the past 20 years, newspaper readers across the world had grown accustomed to alarming headlines with some variant of “The Russians are Dying Out”. In the first ten years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a catastrophic fall in Russia’s birth rate was accompanied by a disturbingly low life expectancy. While Russia continues […]

June 2, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

Margaret Thatcher and the Collapse of Communism

Margaret Thatcher, one of the great political figures of postwar Europe, has died at the age of 87. Thatcher’s accomplishments are significant, especially her revitalisation of the British economy following the disappointing 1970s mired in stagflation. However, Margaret Thatcher’s role in the collapse of Communism was much more modest than many have exaggerated. In assessing […]

April 10, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

The Kremlin’s New Friend at Foggy Bottom?

President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), is unlikely to change the White House’s current relations with Russia and East Central Europe. A staunch supporter of Obama’s “reset” policy towards Russia, Kerry nonetheless has been critical of Russia’s support for Belarus’s dictator Aleksandr Lukashenka and its invasion of Georgia in 2008. […]

February 10, 2013 - Filip Mazurczak

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